September Rising Stars (as webfonts)

Each month we take the Rising Stars specimens we created using conventional desktop fonts (with all the control over layout that implies) and see how closely we can replicate those specimens using webfonts, HTML and CSS.

This month’s selection are all somewhat extravagant, richly featured typefaces whose full capabilities will only really be realised by using desktop layout software in conjunction with OpenType features. Which is not to say that web typographers won't find something useful here…

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Charcuterie

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HABERDASHER

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Linen & Bedding

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Nahrungsmittel

East Concourse

House w Futons

Inhouse Merchandising

Laura Worthington’s Charcuterie is a collection of typefaces (and typeface families) designed around a common theme — hand drawn lettering inspired by European magazines or shop lettering from the early twentieth century. The specimen above shows off the range of available styles, which include several attractive frames and ornaments sets. OpenType feature support is required in order to build complete frames, but we achieved a comparable result by combining these corner glyphs with a horizontal ornament.


Zulia Pro

Feather Step

Exotic

Last Waltz

Zulia is an casual brush script typeface from Sudtipos. It’s best used in conjunction with OpenType capable software, which can select the best letter pairings to achieve the smoothest connections between characters. Sudtipos fonts, however, typically work well enough with all the OpenType bells and whistles turned off, and Zulia is no exception. Zulia will be a good choice for single short to medium text settings, typically where an eye-catching message needs a prominent position on a site’s homepage.


Kiddy Kitty

Tasty Recipes

Freerange

Nourishing

Chicken avor soup

Kiddy Kitty is a softly-styled family with a very friendly aspect; its natural home could be the websites of children’s publishers or family oriented entertainment. Notably, its casual nature is in part down to it being an upright italic, which means the characters are drawn with the kinds of looser shape that make for a more natural flow in conventional italic fonts, only angled more vertically.


Cantoni

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Cantoni is Debi Sementelli’s first release under her own name, but, like her previous Jack Loves Mary (see December) it continues her interest in catering to the wedding stationery market — including brides and grooms who like to produce their own stationery items. Those customers in particular will be interested in Cantoni DIY Wedding, which is a font of catch words, and Cantoni Ornaments, which used with care and restraint, could have a spectacular effect on their wedding blogs and photo albums, while being a good way to get around the restrictions of using OpenType calligraphic effects.