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Typeface Review


Reviewed by Stephen Coles on July 11, 2007

These days, designers looking to emulate the quaint cursive lettering of any time between 1920 and 1950 invariably reach for Freehand 521. I don’t blame them.

There isn’t much digital type from that era that isn’t brushy or obvious. Confetti hits the market at just the right time, joining Signal, Loupot, Zigarre, and Coptek in a group of underexposed retro scripts. Patau’s revival wisely widens the heavier weights so the thick stroke doesn’t cause letter cloggage. Incidentally, these forms remind me a bit of the charming typewriter scripts that came a few years later, but Confetti is so much more usable.  — Stephen Coles

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Typographica is a review of typefaces and type books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design. Edited by Stephen Coles with Caren Litherland and designed by Chris Hamamoto. Founded in 2002 by Joshua Lurie-Terrell. Relaunched in 2009 by Coles and Hamamoto.

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