Fonts on Friday: Influenced by the '70s
What better time to round up new typefaces than on Friday. Not only is "Fonts on Friday" alliterative, but showcasing new fonts also seems like a good way to end the week.
The fonts featured in this week's installment have a decidedly '70s vibe. The type and lettering of the '70s often had a look and feel that today we might associate with the social change that started in the '60s. Think of the revival of Cooper Black, a chunky face that looks like it had just been liberated from its girdle.
Two designers of that era helped define the aesthetic: Ed Benguiat and Herb Lubalin.
Benguiat designed faces for Photo-Lettering Inc. as well as International Typeface Corp. (ITC), the co-founder of which was Herb Lubalin, an influential letterer and logo designer. I won't get in the careers of these two men — Benguiat most recently collaborated with House Industries on a collection of fonts; Lubalin died in 1981 — as much has been written about them.
Bookmania is a tribute to Benguiat's Bookman (itself a revival) that he drew in 1975 and that enjoyed new popularity as one of the first PostScript fonts on the Apple LaserWriter.
Simonson calls his Bookmania a revival, which it certainly is, but it also expands the font as a result of OpenType. For example, it has more than 680 swash characters and 35 discretionary ligatures, plus plenty of alternates.
TIF's Herbie is an homage to Herb Lubalin. The website for The Infamous Foundry describes Herbie as an "uppercase display font with alternates on every character (lowercase), based only on circles and geometric lines. Herbie is inspired by, as the name might indicate, Herb Lubalin's work and the decorative style and kerning of his era."
Herbie is available from The Infamous Foundry website.