TIGHTYPE, a renowned typeface foundry, has recently launched a new typeface named Macan that is sure to impress typography and graphic design enthusiasts. The Macan typeface draws inspiration from the Grotesque genre of the last century, stencil typefaces' industrial aesthetics, and the mesmerizing qualities of rave flyers from the 90s. The result is a versatile Neo-Grotesque type family that marries modern proportions with geometric details and minimal stroke contrast.
Macan boasts a solid version that is incredibly versatile, making it suitable for various design projects. Additionally, its Stencil companion introduces more decorative elements, inspired by the whimsical type spotted on promotional flyers of Wicked Sound System, an Acid House-loving crew organizing "wild and lawless full moon parties" in San Francisco in the early 90s.
Macan's stencil version challenges the purpose of bridges, treating them more like an element of adornment, similar to Milton Glaser's "Glaser Stencil," which partially translates the functional aspects of stencils into aesthetic features. The bridges in Macan's Stencil version are both rounded and straight, both functional and ornamental, both severe and quirky.
The character widths of both Macan and Macan Stencil are identical, and they were developed simultaneously, ensuring they work together flawlessly. This process influenced each other's character shapes, rhythm, and proportions. The typeface is equipped with numerous stylistic and contextual alternates, figure sets, case-sensitive forms, and an extensive collection of uppercase and lowercase ligatures.
Macan's nine weights with corresponding italics in two sub-families are fluent in most Latin languages (including Vietnamese) as well as Cyrillic and Greek. The typeface is available on TIGHTYPE's website, making it accessible to anyone interested in typography and graphic design.
In conclusion, Macan is a remarkable typeface that combines the aesthetics of the last century's Grotesque genre, industrial stencil typefaces, and mesmerizing qualities of rave flyers from the 90s. Its versatile and decorative elements make it an ideal typeface for various design projects. With its stylistic and contextual alternates, Macan offers a range of options for creative professionals.
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Fully equipped with numerous stylistic and contextual alternates, figure sets, case-sensitive forms, and an extensive collection of uppercase and lowercase ligatures, Macan’s nine weights with corresponding italics in two sub-families are fluent in most Latin languages (including Vietnamese) as well as Cyrillic and Greek, and available via TIGHTYPE’s website.