New fonts from Parkinson Type Design
With his long history of lettering and illustration, Jim Parkinson is a treasure of the type community. We are excited to announce some new additions from his work on Typekit. All Parkinson Type Design fonts on Typekit will now be available for both web and sync.
Jim has been delving into chromatic and layered fonts more in the last few years, and you can finally get your hands on all of them here. Each layered typeface has a Primary font with companions like Fill, Inline, and Gradient. These can be stacked or layered in endless combinations and colors — once you see the possibilities, the Primary versions will never look the same again!
Sutro is a bold slab serif with multiple variations — they can all be thought of as an extended family, but each one has its very own character. Sutro Shaded, shown above, is a testament to Parkinson’s ability to create versatility through layers. Sutro Open (below) instantly pops with a vivid shadow, sporting big blocks without feeling chunky.
We are adding a few new variations of Modesto to the library. With its origin as a circus logo — a commission project of Jim’s for Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Brothers — Modesto’s many variations evoke lettering of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modesto Open and Modesto Initials both combine the chromatic technology with that hand-painted feel.
Jim assembled user manuals for many of these typefaces, which include guidance on using chromatic font layers (in addition to some great notes on design). These might be a worthy bookmark if you’re planning to dig in with one of these in a project — and we hope you will! Here is the complete list of new Parkinson Type Design fonts in the Typekit library, ready for you to sync or add to your kits.
Balboa Extra Condensed
Modesto Initials Inline
Sutro (plus Black Initials and Bold Expanded)