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January’s Font of the Month: ROSLINDALE VARIABLE ITALIC
Roslindale is my take on the style of De Vinne, a typeface attributed to Gustav Schroeder and Nicholas Werner and released by the Central Type Foundry in 1892. The family grew over the following years to include De Vinne Italic, which was essentially a sloped version of the original Roman design. This month’s issue departs from that precedent with a Display Condensed Bold Italic that incorporates cursive forms, plus an experimental variable font that allows you to control the design’s “italicness” separately from its slant. See more »
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What’s the point of this club? In addition to creating my retail type families, I love working on small side projects that revisit an unusual typographic style or explore a particular concept. Sometimes these blossom into full-fledged families; other times they remain a standalone design. Either way, I believe that novel fonts require a novel approach to licensing, and this club is my way of sharing them with you.
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What happens next? After you complete the signup form, you will immediately see a download link for the current font of the month. During the first week of each month that follows, I will email the new license and font files for that month’s typeface. Let me know if you don’t receive it!
What’s the license like? The fonts are distributed under my standard Mini license, which permits up to 3 desktop workstations, 15,000 monthly web visitors, and 1 e-book. You can contact me at any time to upgrade to a larger license at prices comparable to my other retail families.
Do I *really* need another subscription service in my life? I totally hear you on that! That’s why auto-renew is completely optional, so your club membership can be a one-time purchase and you can be in the club as long and as often as you’d like. So if you liked the current font but aren’t interested in an ongoing subscription, just sign up for 3 months without auto-renew, download the font you like, then receive two more fonts (because why not, they’re included), and that can be it! And your license for the fonts is perpetual, so you can continue to use them long after your subscription ends.
What characters will the fonts have? Character sets for these fonts will vary. Some of the display fonts may have limited repertoires, but should be usable in all major European languages that use the Latin alphabet. Whatever they lack in completeness, they will make up for it in charisma!
Will you make stylistic variations of fonts from previous months? I may. My goal is to provide you with modest yet usable typefaces, and if I think an italic or bold or shaded style is warranted, I will make it (especially if I get requests). That being said, I will be sure to spread these out across the year, and will ensure that the differences are meaningful (no Medium weight this month, Semibold the next).
Can I get a gift subscription? Of course! On the special gift signup form, you can simply enter the name and e-mail of the recipient/licensee and then provide your own payment information. I will not notify the recipient without your permission, and will follow up within 24 hours of your order with a membership card and certificate of membership for you to present to them.
I don’t have a credit card handy. Can I send my membership fee some other way? Sure! My cart isn’t set up to do it, but I can accept non-renewing membership fees via PayPal and other payment platforms. Just get in touch!
What if there’s a problem? If you choose to terminate your license within 30 days of signing up, I will issue you a full refund. If you have a problem with any font I send you, get in touch and I will try to help. If I am unable to deliver a font over the course of any month that you have subscribed for, I will naturally reimburse you for the cost of that month.
Any other interesting outlets for display fonts? This project was inspired by The Pyte Foundry and Photo-Lettering; you should check them out! Since launching, I learned from Florian Hardwig that Georg Salden did something like this starting in 1972...wow! Even more recently, I learned that Chank Diesel also had a program of the same name. And most recently, Future Fonts was launched with a bunch of in-progress display designs.
When will this project end? I’m not sure! Let me do a year’s worth and then we will see what happens. EDIT: Having too much fun to stop. On to year #2!
What happens to the current font of the month after the month is over? It depends. Some fonts may disappear for a while and re-emerge as retail type families, while others may remain available for private licensing upon request at my normal $25–50 per style prices. Current club members are able to license most previous installments for twice their monthly membership rate, either during signup or by request.
Can you tell me what next month’s font will be? No! Half of the fun is that you don’t know exactly what you’re signing up for!
Will any reversed stress fonts be involved? Without a doubt!