New release: Ambicase Modern

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Teeline Fonts is proud to announce the the arrival of Ambicase Modern.

Ambicase Modern takes the next step in unicase font design, offering not "either/or", but rather "both/and". Each letter in Ambicase Modern is a combination of its traditional upper- and lowercase forms, in a modern (didone) style. The inventive, hybrid forms that result are intriguing and handsome.

Ambicase Modern stands out as a carefully crafted experimental font: its eccentric forms do not hinder its readability. It is suitable for high-style display settings.

Ambicase Modern offers a large character set and extensive OpenType features. Most notably, in modern OpenType-aware applications, Ambicase Modern can be set in swash mode, which features sophisticated decorative flourishes that differ depending on whether the letter is at the beginning, middle, or end of a word.

Ambicase Modern is available in two optical sizes: Regular and Poster. At very large sizes, the Poster cut, with its finer details, is recommended. An attractively-priced set of both cuts is available.

Ambicase Modern is available in .otf and .ttf format for purchase and download at MyFonts or FontShop.

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blank's picture

Good work and congratulations!

Nick Shinn's picture

Dude, that is soooo f***** up.
Way to make a splash!

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1996type's picture

I like it.

Stephen Rapp's picture

I like the clever Q which has a lowercase q in the design. Looks like a really fun font to use.

Bald Condensed's picture

What a way to make an entrance indeed. :-)

Bendy's picture

Way cool, Craig! Great banners too! :)

Byewokko's picture

This is soo crazy and soo wonderful! Congratulations on your work! The swashy curly taily upper/lowercase Q is a true masterpiece:)

PS: Does that ij ligature read to me as "Ÿ" just because I'm not Dutch?

Mark Simonson's picture

Congratulations, Craig. Nice job.

riccard0's picture

Congratulations! :-)

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nina's picture

Impressive work Craig – wonderful to see this out. Much respect!

eliason's picture

Thanks for the kind words, all.

PS: Does that ij ligature read to me as "Ÿ" just because I'm not Dutch?

That very issue came up on the crit board for Ambicase - see the 9 February posts on this page. In sum, the /ÿ/-looking form has precedent in Dutch (particularly in handwritten Dutch) that inspired it here. But to be clear, it's a user-selectable alternate, and only in Dutch, so it won't appear in Dijon, hijack, frijole etc.

Nick Shinn's picture

...only in Dutch...

Queneau's picture

That's beautiful! Congratulations Craig!

Ray Larabie's picture

That's goddamn cool.

aarhaus's picture

It’s interesting how you start seeing things in the shape of letters once you’re not used to them.
I especially love that A/a.
This is grand!

JoergGustafs's picture

Will there be an italic version in the nearer future? ;)
Lovely presentation BTW

sim's picture

Several letters are impressive, I especially like the A, E. Great work!

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dhannah1000's picture

Way Funky design! It's Gorgeous!

nora g's picture

Impressive! I like it very much.

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FlxB's picture

This great to see it released. Congratulations

Andreas Stötzner's picture

The a glyph is the weekest, in my humble opinion. And the R could be much more sexy (see D, Q). Some hairline thicknesses are a bit unbalanced.

Apart from that it’s a *wonderful crazy typeface*.

Elias's picture

Crazy indeed. Love the attitude. Congratulations.

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beppeartz's picture

so beautiful

dezcom's picture

Bravo, my friend!

eliason's picture

Thanks again for the feedback and compliments, all!

5star's picture

Nice stuff Craig!


piccic's picture

Ambicase Modern takes the next step in unicase font design, offering not "either/or", but rather "both/and".

Well, in fact the same experiment was carried out by Jon Barnbrook with Prototype.
I mean conceptually; of course yours is also permeated by decorative intents.
Very nice.

eliason's picture

You're right, Prototype is a precedent (which came to my attention after Ambicase development was well underway). And even more ambitious in that it melds serif and sans forms. Useful in different contexts than my font, I think.
Thanks, Neil and Claudio, for the compliments!

Bald Condensed's picture

Conceptually Prototype is actually quite different, as it must be categorised as an experiment in deconstruction/reconstruction, using existing letter forms (Gill Sans and Perpetua respectively) to create a new typeface. Ambicase is an entirely original design. They may be similar design concepts, but there is an important nuance IMNSHO.

piccic's picture

Of course it has a different additional premise, and of course came earlier, otherwise it wouldn’t have been called "Prototype", right? ;-)
But it was "collaged" just conceptually. Jon did draw the forms.

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