The new typefaces – Panopticon, Intersect, Nine and Interact – follow the ThreeSix typeface that Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil created in 2011.
Each of the four new typefaces have been developed as geometric typefaces to ‘function as the building blocks of page and screen architectures’, according to MuirMcNeil, and each features attributes that can be ‘modulated consistently in calibrated steps’.
Panopticon, named after the institutional buildings designed by Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century, is a 3D typeface comprising four separate sub-component layers, which can interlock with one another precisely.
The Intersect typeface aims to ‘subvert the idea of typographic weight’, accoding to MuirMcNeil. Intersect ‘emulates a successive range of linear screens to give the illusion of tonal densities within the body of the letterform’.
Nine is so-called because the typeface comes in nine weights. The strokes of each weight align on a central axis, on to which weight is added incrementally.
Interact is an update of the typeface of the same name designed by 8vo in 1994, and itself inspired by Wim Crouwel’s 1968 Vormgevers lettering. Interact is built up around horizontal and vertical lines and 45º pixel steps. For its update, MuirMcNeil has revised Interact as a system of 23 typefaces in four groups, with a range of 12 calibrated weights.
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