R·U·S·S·T Institute Announces 2 New Fonts

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Tynne began as a bit of fiddling about on Fontstruct. I made three fonts, 4char, 5char and 6char. The names are simple to explain. Apparently you need to use a minimum number of characters when naming your Fontstruct creations. Four characters as it happens.

By what we at OHG and R·U·S·S·T Institute like to think of as “our standards”, the modular nature of the components with which each glyph is constructed in Fontstruct results in what we like to call messy vectors. This is not a criticism of Fontstruct by any means. It is in fact a very clever, fun, well designed and I think, instructive site. However can be numerous, although mostly tiny irregularities caused by unnecessary nodes left where modules intersect.

We at R·U·S·S·T Institute liked the look and feel of 6Char and so decided to “clean it up”, and expand the character set. The result was no longer 6Char.

It became Tynne. A strong, wedge-serif display font. For interest sake, deep ‘ink traps’ which have the effect of lending the even color and pleasingly regular rhythm a bit of sparkle.

The name Tynne is intended to be somewhat evocative of the sharp “snipped” feel of the serifs, open counters and ink traps reminiscent of patterns cut from sheet metal.

The 566 glyph character set has wide ranging language support and OpenType features including over 70 standard and discretionary ligatures and digraphs, three sets of figures (numerals) plus small caps.

We at R·U·S·S·T Institute are proud to acknowledge the assistance and contributions of fellow type designer, James Arboghast of Melbourne Australia. who’s technical and aesthetic advice were greatly appreciated.


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MetroBots is a fun-loving, non-traditional but very functional (ha ha) family of 5 fonts made from big-city skies, the long tropical morning shadows of ancient ziggurats and whole pueblo apartment blocks nestled into the steep cliff-sides of sage-topped mesas in south western deserts.

This is a good, solid but kind of whacky looking display type family borrowing from the heft of good old-fashioned children’s wooden building blocks and the look and feel of both modern and ancient pueblo architecture. With a bit of the not-so-subtle expressiveness of a comical robot on a WD-40 high on the side.

MetroBots is an descendant, albeit a distant one, of Our House Graphics’ Baro Black family.