31 january 2017 — publications
We love shop windows 5

 

Safari Typo Amsterdam at Athenaeum bookstore, Amsterdam

The new Safari Typo Amsterdam publication is currently on display in the Athenaeum bookstore at Spui square, right in the middle of the heart of the middle of the city centre. So very very very central in Amsterdam. It’s very touristic there as well, a perfect location to display a tourist guide. We love shop windows. We really do. In case you question this, no need to Google that, just search for shop window on this site. Tourists can now expand their mind by exploring the typographic side of the Dutch capital. This 50-year old legendary bookshop is a nice starting point.

30 january 2017 — presentations
Safari Typo in Paris

Currently the Safari Typo documentaries of Thomas Sipp are on show in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, located in western wing of Palais du Louvre, Paris. In case you didn’t have the opportunity to be present at last week’s presentation in Amsterdam, the Graphic Design Festival in Paris might be the right opportunity for you. Accompanied by a small exhibition of our printed Safari Typo Amsterdam guide, all episodes can be viewed until 5 February 2017. Mais bien sûr!

 

And in case you hadn’t been able to make it to Amsterdam or Paris in time, the internet will save you. The French TV channel Arte has released all Safari Typo documentaries of Thomas Sipp at its own website: arte.tv/safaritypo

Amusez-vous bien!

23 january 2017 — publications
New publication: Safari Typo Amsterdam

Safari Typo Amsterdam is a brief typographic tour of letters in public space in the Dutch capital, presented by type designer Bas Jacobs. If you’re willing to leave the well-trodden touristic paths, let letters guide you across Amsterdam. If you have seen enough touristic traps, or don’t want to see them at all, this tour will take you to various parts of the city you would otherwise have missed. Discover how architects, artists and designers left their mark on the city by means of the letters they created on buildings, on bridges, on monuments and elsewhere. This pocket-size book is easy to carry with you as you explore the city. This book is only meant for tourists ready for a mind-expanding experience.

Filmed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Based on a documentary by Thomas Sipp

 

Part 1: Amsterdam school & its contemporaries
Lettering in public space by architects & artists

How did architects leave their typographic mark on the city during the interbellum period, and how do contemporary architects and designers respond to this? Featuring letter forms by Piet Kramer, Martijn Sandberg, Reinoud Oudshoorn, Anton Kurvers, Janno Hahn, Hijman Louis de Jong & Rene Knip.

 

 

Part 2: Letters with a story
The extravaganza uncensored tour

Can letters tell you a story which you cannot directly read from the letters themselves? The stories behind the letters are as interesting as the letter shapes themselves. This uncensored safari features letter forms by Adrian Frutiger, Jan van Krimpen, Hermann Zapf & Bert Johan Ouëndag.

Published by De Buitenkant, and presented last Friday in Amsterdam. Bookshops have it in store from today on, but it can also be ordered online in our shop.

Media coverage: local newspaper, tv & radio.

More about the publication Safari Typo Amsterdam.

22 december 2016 — walhalla
One more thing to Zeitung

Some more words on Zeitung in the OpenType Variable Font format, about Automatic Optical Size and Automatic Glyph Substitution.

The OpenType Variable Font technique is still in development, tools for making these fonts are still in development, implementation and support for these fonts are still in development. However, if you want to experience our recent release Zeitung as an OpenType Variable Font, visit our homepage www.underware.nl in a browser that supports this font format. At this moment that’s only Webkit Nightly, which explains the “Webkit Nightly Bonus” subtitle for a special section completely at the bottom of our homepage.

One more thing
The nerds, the lucky bastards and some geeks, anybody with that browser will see a demo at the bottom of the homepage which is invisible to other visitors using a less advanced browser. They can play with the tuners and experience how changing the size will automatically select the correct optical size of the font family. That’s what you’ve been waiting for, no? Some glyphs, eg. &, will automatically change shape when the point size becomes rather small. Additionally, changing the weight of the font will result in a change of shape of some other glyphs. See how the € swaps from 2 to 1 cross bar when the weight increases. Or how the tail of the Q suddenly doesn’t enter the counter anymore when its weight is too dark. This happens automatically while playing with the tuners, and happens live your browser. No fake news, no fake type. Man, this is 2016 and this is live. Not everything is bad this year.

 


Automatic glyph substitution depending on weight, live in your browser.

 


Automatic glyph substitution depending on size, live in your browser.

 

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20 december 2016 — walhalla
The end of the lucky bag

A typeface like Liza is fully packed with technological novelties. At the time when Liza was released (July 2009), many of these were not supported everywhere yet. For example, only a couple of months after being released, Liza’s contextual alternates finally behaved nicely in TextEdit. (more…)

16 december 2016 — presentations
Safari Typo Amsterdam

An evening full of short documentaries about typography in public space & book presentation

We all know the famous HOLLYWOOD lettering, but what makes these letters unique? Can the character of a city be told by the letters in public space? In which aspect is the typography in Barcelona different than in Berlin? And why do those strange, unorthodox geometric and decorative display letters perfectly fit to Amsterdam? Join us 20 January 2017 for an evening full of short documentaries about typography in public space.

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26 november 2016 — walhalla
Mailing list update

twice a year marvellous news

Recently we experienced some unwished-for developments at our mailing list subscriptions. During the last 6 months we sometimes saw multiple email addresses from a single company domain that subscribed all at once. Because we hate spam as much as you do, we decided to clean up our mailing list subscriptions over the last half year.

In case you didn’t receive yesterday’s newsletter, you have been unsubscribed accidentally. If so, please subscribe again. We only send a newsletter a couple of times a year, only when there is something interesting we want to share with you. Hopefully you won’t regret your subscription.

24 november 2016 — walhalla
Black Friday offer

Explore the dark side of typography

In a world full of discounts & dark horses, Underware’s Black Friday offer seems to be inevitable.

5 Black fonts for €99,–

This offer is only valid for 1 day, and ends at the end of Black Friday 2016, 25th of Nov.

Dark horses

17 november 2016 — out now
New font: Zeitung

Zeitung

Good news! Today we released Zeitung, a new sans serif font family. And that’s good news for various people.

Zeitung's zeitung

Type lovers will have their day made when they look at that lowercase e in the Black weight, will be happy there is a new style to bring their message across, and will enjoy playing around with the interactive newspaper on our homepage.

 

Zeitung specimen

Designers will appreciate the versatility of this extensive sans serif font family, its thorough execution, and all it’s features. If 8 weights and 5 figure styles are not enough, then maybe optical sizes or grades will meet the demands. Besides of the standard Zeitung font family, Zeitung Micro is developed especially for smaller point sizes. Screen typography requires optical sizes at larger point sizes than print, so web and app developers won’t be left in the typographic cold. Grades can be very handy for selecting the optimal weight, especially on screens. The way letters are displayed on screen can vary a lot between different circumstances. Maybe the interface of your next app requires a different grade of the text than your latest website? Zeitung allows you to change the weight of your text without any reflow of your text. Zeitung will help to bring your message across in many different circumstances, from large text in print to small type on screens. Zeitung has many features.

 

Relax, keep it flex

Pioneers, the most demanding users, the ultras, the geeks, and all those others who don’t take things for granted, will be happy to meet and greet Zeitung Flex™. With its almost endless amount of weights, Zeitung Flex™ takes you anywhere between Thin and Black. Either in case only one, but exactly that specific weight is needed, or when all weights should play a whole new game together. This game can be played not just somewhere in the future, but already today, on everybody’s computer. Flex fonts are not just supported by the most recent browser, but also by all those older browsers. Zeitung Flex brings unlimited styles all over the web. In the future, and also already today. What’s even better is that Zeitung Flex™ also brings these possibilties now to desktop apps like Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator. With the help of CC-Extensions you can easily apply and combine those styles. This can be handy for selecting just a single, but exactly the right grade of text for your next project. Or this extension allows you to apply some of those fancy effects using all styles from Thin to Black on a line, paragraph or complete document. Relax, you can Flex.

Please welcome Zeitung.

29 september 2016 — walhalla
There we go

where we go?

Yesterday Ben Mitchell wondered if there are examples of nice manicules which are drawn in the same style as the rest of the font.

Wanted: examples of typefaces with exceptionally nice manucules drawn in keeping with the style of the letters.

— Ben Mitchell (@OhBendy) September 28, 2016

What many people don’t know, because it’s not easy to spot, is that many type designers enjoy refining many details of their fonts. For example by creating manicules which fit to the style of a font family. A special pointing hand allows extravaganza typographic subtleties in your book, website, identity or whatever you are making.

Also our fonts are equipped with matching pointing fingers. Because we enjoy drawing them, this is a nice moment to put them in the spotlights. No manicule is the same, or even close to being similar. Because no font is the same either.

The sturdy stencil font Tripper has a sturdy stencil index:

manicule-tripper

The female hand is clearly visible in Liza:

manicule-liza

Fakir’s manicules are as edgy as the black letters themselves:

manicule-fakir

Bello & Sauna are typographic mates, and share manicules:

manicule-bello

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