Type Network’s reach and community are global, but we’re headquartered in the US, which means that the final days of December are a little quieter than usual. It’s a wonderful moment to reflect on the end of 2018, which brought a flurry of releases and some fun extracurricular activities.

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Specimen by Type Network showing various typefaces released at the end of 2018: Macula, Nitti Mostro, Study, Nitti Grotesk, Alterego, et al. Specimen by Type Network showing various typefaces released at the end of 2018: Macula, Nitti Mostro, Study, Nitti Grotesk, Alterego, et al.

Our foundry partners had a prolific season. Check out Aspen, Brenta, and Helsinki, the well-rounded trio that Berlin’s Ludwig Übele added to our catalog in October. The following month, our Dutch friends Bold Monday sent over a handful of audacious display and sans-serif faces: Bilo, Oskar, Macula, Nitti Mostro, and Alterego. We also released Richard Lipton’s massive flare-serif family, Collier—all 168 styles of it. XYZ Type popped up with the bookish, versatile Study, Jesse Ragan’s tribute to a hand-painted alphabet by Czech-American designer and illustrator Rudolph Ruzicka; and Occupant Fonts shipped updates to Scout and Heron Serif, including Greek and Cyrillic language extensions. Finally, in December, Petr van Blokland published a funky, brawny display slab in two cuts (for now): PowerLift Tight and PowerLift Tight Outline.

Graphic by Type Network showing a glyph map overlaid with a loading symbol, implying that subsetting fonts will speed up load times. Graphic by Type Network showing a glyph map overlaid with a loading symbol, implying that subsetting fonts will speed up load times.

We enjoy a longstanding relationship with the Wall Street Journal. Last year, WSJ design lead Che Douglas and team revamped the venerable publication’s app, in which Font Bureau’s Escrow plays a prominent role. Now, the team is back with another fascinating project: WSJ Design, which offers a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the processes driving the Journal’s look and feel. Once again, Escrow shines, and we could not be prouder. Far from Wall Street, in São Paulo, Type Network’s Roger Black and Marina Chaccur participated in DiaTipo, South America’s most important annual type conference. Roger regaled the audience with tales from typography’s future, and was also the subject of a full-page interview in São Paulo’s daily paper; Marina led a type crit and took part in a panel on type and identity. Even farther afield, Richard Lipton toured China, where he taught and lectured to appreciative crowds. Back home, in Providence, foundry partner Victoria Rushton delivered the annual Updike Prize address. That’s no small honor—previous speakers include Nina Stössinger, Fiona Ross, Tobias Frere-Jones, and Matthew Carter.

And now we’re hibernating. We have to get ready for 2019, which, we suspect, is going to be a very big year. Remember, if you’ve designed any ornaments, cards, websites, or even cookies using our fonts, please email us at info@typenetwork.com or tag us on Instagram so we can take a peek. See you on the other side, folks!