Notes on the Type

Wright: Auction Catalogs

Wright may well be the coolest auction house on the planet, so it’s no surprise that the best elements of 20th-century design, ’90s experimentation and ’00s gravitas coalesce in their catalogues — these ones remind of me of how appealing print design can be. Guided by the steady hands of Rick Valicenti at Thirst and James Potsch & Jennifer Mahanay at Wright, these designs are striking, balanced, and joyous, incorporating Omnes & Freight Micro where noted, alongside FF Bau, probably my favorite of Christian’s designs.

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Testing Versions of Our Families
A toothsome historical revival, capturing the warm rationality of the late 1700s.
An oldstyle slab serif typeface in six weights, inspired by Classical period handicraft.
A mélange of time-honored historical styles, commissioned by periodicals.
An unorthodox rounded sans serif with a broad range of moods.
WHAT IS A TESTING FONT?

It’s a way to try out a font for free. Testing font licenses are for a fully functional version of the complete font family. The word “testing” is in the file name, and usage is restricted.

AM I PERMITTED TO SHARE DRAFTS MADE WITH TESTING FONTS?

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WHAT CAN’T I DO WITH TESTING FONTS?

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