Tom Grace

SNEAK PREVIEW: Iskra, by Tom Grace

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Iskra (spark or flash) is a new daring sans serif typeface by talented designer Tom Grace, who has already published two interesting typefaces with TypeTogether, the blackletter Givry and Alizé, a chancery italic.
Iskra, containing several width and weight variations, was conceived to challenge the limits between utilitarian and decorative. Sporting a low-contrast profile, it is a study of bridled energy in the Cyrillic and Latin scripts, and an oblique tribute to the less-predictable style of brush lettering. The first 14 styles will be available at the end of summer.

Givry type

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The bâtarde flamande is a style of writing used predominantly in France and present-day Belgium in the 15th century. The style shares an ancestry with other writing styles traditionally grouped as blackletter—fraktur, textura, rotunda, and schwabacher. It had evolved, however, into an æsthetic far removed from its relatives.

While high-contrast in nature, the bâtarde flamande is more delicate and dynamic than the austere and condensed fraktur and textura. Quick curves lack the rigidity of the schwabacher and rotunda. Flair through swashes is thematic, as are the variations in letterforms.