Font Of The Moment: Anglecia Pro

My Font Of The Moment, is Mint Type’s elegant, serif workhorse, Anglecia Pro. I’m looking out for your bottom line here folks, three of the weights and their accompanying italics are  free!

Anglecia Pro is a well conceived collection, created to be used together as a “Transitional System”.

  • Text Family for body copy

  • Title Family for sub-heads captions, pull quotes or general purpose text

  • Display Family for decorative headlines and graphical work.

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While they share a common structure, skeleton, vertical axis & serifs. The designer, Andriy Konsttynov has done an excellent job, adding subtle differences, providing enough contrast to enable the three “forks” of the typeface look different yet cohesive.

I’m sure we will see many more of these “font systems” released in the future as type designers attempt to add more value for font dollar. It’s beneficial for the designer too, as it takes some of the guess work away (and fun in my opinion) from choosing solid, complimentary typefaces for a document. This factor alone may spur sales and demand for this manner of font package. Similar to the recent rise in popularity of Chromatic font packages.

The light weights and the italics are where Anglecia shine, fluid and elegant.

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Highlights:

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  • Lower case “Y” , Italic
    First letterform that caught my eye was the lower case italic “Y” in all weights, drop-dead gorgeous. The line differential at the crotch. A subtle, fluid curve on the right diagonal stroke through to the descender. The juxtaposition of the serif on the left diagonal stroke and the ball terminals on the right stroke and end of the tail.
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  • Lower case “K” italic
    Once again, nice contrast of line. The head serif, final, ball terminal combination is incredible.  Excellent call as well, not joining the arm and leg to the stem. The result is a healthy gap accentuating the beauty of that arm and the resulting counters!
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  • Anglecia Pro Display, Regular, All Caps
    A classic stroke contrast that would look comfortable on your cover or facing page and graphic title. Perhaps a piece with just a tip of the hat to a subtle 70s treatment that has come back into favour.

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  • Numerics
    Numerics are pleasant and all very consistent. No baseline surprises here.  I would enjoy seeing a sports team’s jersey numbers set in Anglecia Pro Title Black Italic!Screenshot 2014-05-19 19.34.23
  • Lower case “J” , italic
    I am tough on the upper case “J” in the next section, however, the lower case italic “J” more than compensates. Excellent flow from the serif at the top down to the ball terminal at the tail of the descender. I like the tittle as well, it doesn’t follow the axis angle of it’s parent stroke but has an alluring confidence.  In theory, this letterform should look odd, accolades to Andriy for making this letterform:
    – Work, still be legible and tuck admirably amongst other letterforms
    – Hands down beautiful!
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On the Fence:

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  • The Upper Case “J”
    I appreciate the fact the descender is conservative, attempts to keep with the line thickness of it’s brethren for as long as possible before the taper. It’s not greedy on space, however, when by it’s lonesome representing the uppercase gang it looks strange.
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  • Upper case “U”
    Whilst understood variation between line weights in the face needs to stay consistent amongst the group. The transition on the U seems dramatic. Giving it a 3-D quality if you’re paying attention to the counter. Do note though, if you’re looking for a good face for a monogram and your first name starts with “U” look no further! I’m talking to you Uri, Ulysses & Urbanus!!
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  • The lower case “G”
    A flat bottomed descender with extreme variant on line weight. It looks fine at thinner weights but once we reach the display weights, the letterform takes a turn for the odd. A friend, who dropped by for a coffee when I was writing this says the display weight ‘G’ “looks like a turd”. Thus we have now coined the phrase “Turdy G’s” (this may be the best or worst hip hop artist name depending on your sense of humour). Fun ribbing aside, it’s not terrible. The stroke weight on the first part of the loop is heavy, throwing the letterform off balance.
    “Too much stroke down south” as we say (and by “we” I refer to myself and a cadre of imaginary type banditos.)
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Detractrors:

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  • Upper Case ”G”
    Not a fan of the big ole stump and extended spur. I am aware this particular configuration is prevalent in some other typefaces. I’m probably just using  my post today out of convenience, to voice my displeasure. It’s just too abrupt. It looks as though the letterform was broken while the parents were away for the weekend. The children then slapped on a piece from a much heavier weight hoping no one would notice. Give me some fluid stroke transition!
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Summary:

These are the details that caught my eye. Anglecia Pro, as a complete typeface, is a Clydesdale with Lipizzan DNA. I encourage you to download the 6 free weights and play with them together. It feels safe if you’re averse to taking risks or unsure on typography pairings.

Grab them here *

*Requires you to sign-up for a free account with My Fonts, but if you’re serious about purchasing type you will eventually create one anyhow.

Available for free are:

  • Anglecia Pro Text Regular and Italic

  • Anglecia Pro Title Regular and Italic

  • Anglecia Pro Display Regular and Italic

If you enjoy those six, any additional weights are available for just $30. A bargain considering you already have six ready to roll with whatever weights you purchase!

 

I’m always open for debate and further thought… leave a comment if you’re so inclined.

-Chris Sagert

Related: Past Fonts Of The Moment

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