Meta Serif takes the pole position

dezcom's picture

Looks good up there!

ChrisL

begsini's picture

very, very nice. wouldn't mind if it stuck around for a while.

blank's picture

Fabulous, but the featured face ad seems to be sending me to fonts other than Meta Serif.

Maybe I can convince Erik S. to donate fonts for my thesis research.

Wiewauters's picture

Makes me reminicent of the 'Mercury Era'.

Zara Evens's picture

@James: Can you tell me where the link is sending you? I have tried it a couple of times and it seems to be going in the right direction.

Thanks!

Zara Evens's picture

Strange - your Karbid link still takes me to Meta Serif. I'll look into it*

*Should be fine now - click away! :)

david h's picture

No, FF Meta Pro....

blank's picture

Works fine now.

Miss Tiffany's picture

I hoped it would take me directly to Meta Serif, but it only took me to where all of the Meta family is listed. Is that right?

Anyway, I really like it used this way. Seems ready for it.

Stephen Coles's picture

Tiff - The Featured Face link takes you to the FF Meta Pro Complete Suite which is the most economical way to get all the matching weights of FF Meta and Meta Serif at once. Read more about it in the Meta Serif release announcement.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Ah. Ok. :^) I figured as much and now I've given you an opportunity to say so.

Quincunx's picture

Alright, that looks very nice. Keep it for a while. :)

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

The link now works for me and I hope FontFont sponsors this for a long time because it is perfect for Typophile.

Linda Cunningham's picture

A great former Canadian Prime Minister, the late Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker, once said "the only thing poles were good for were dogs."

I'd like Meta better if it wasn't so bold....

david h's picture

Where's Kris? I don't see the credit?

ebensorkin's picture

I keep getting a vague Marlboro association with the new font. Weird. Must be something in the weight distribution as rendered by flash... Anybody else, or is it just me?

kentlew's picture

Chris -- Here and I thought this thread was going to be about Meta Serif's language support and extensive ogoneks or something.

Nevertheless, a good reason to refresh the cache immediately this time!

Eben -- You're not the only one. I don't know what it says about me, but I also kept getting the same association working on my own Whitman Display Compressed Extra Black. I think maybe it's any heavy, narrow, remotely slabbish type. They just seem to exude tar and nicotine.

-- K.

dezcom's picture

"...language support and extensive ogoneks..."

LOL!!! Good one, Kent!

This face does not just blow smoke, it delivers :-)

ChrisL

pattyfab's picture

VERY nice to see this new font displayed this way - I only wish it were the Book instead of the Bold weight. I am currently using Meta for a book design and it's nice to get a look at the serif version at the same time.

William Berkson's picture

I am really enjoying looking at Meta Serif also. Like Patty I find the Bold weight a bit too bold for this use.

Adobe generally does a semi-bold and a bold. Who uses what for what? When is a bold too bold?

A side issue: it is too bad that there is no kerning. For me the r keeps bumping into i,n, etc.

pattyfab's picture

Bold is almost always too bold for me, at least in a serif font. I usually prefer the semi or demi or medium when it's available.

dezcom's picture

I really like the strong bold, it makes a statement in a heading.

ChrisL

kentlew's picture

Just for the record, isn't this the Black that's being used? I think the Bold is a little lighter and doesn't look quite as narrow. I could be wrong: it's a little hard to distinguish them on screen.

-- K.

Stephen Coles's picture

I think this is Black.

ebensorkin's picture

I think it's holding up really well without it's kerns.

crossgrove's picture

I had a really snotty post prepared but I'll just say this: You whiners are really giving me second thoughts about sponsoring typophile again. Whenever the font changes to something new, that means Typophile can keep operating for a while longer without completely draining the resources of the site hosts, who do everything on their own time.

Do you really have to snivel about which font was selected when it's benefitting everyone for them to appear at all? Have some perspective; this freshens the look of the site periodically, shows off otherwise underexposed designs, and keeps the site going. There really isn't anything to complain about.

Merry Christmas. >:(

paul d hunt's picture

i concur!

pattyfab's picture

Nobody is complaining! I love that all these different foundries have stepped up to the plate and sponsored fonts. Good for typophile and good for members to see new fonts. But honestly, do you really expect a thread on this forum with complete consensus? It has never happened.

dezcom's picture

Is it just me or does Meta Serif only appear on the home page? Previous sponsored faces appeared throughout the site.

ChrisL

BlueStreak's picture

"But honestly, do you really expect a thread on this forum with complete consensus? It has never happened."

Does that question mean that we would all have to agree that we can't agree?

pattyfab's picture

Chris, you need to empty your cache.

And Carl, they did replace the bold Beorcana with the lighter weight and it looked great!

Look, this is a tough crowd, which is what keeps it interesting. I don't think comments on the font need to be taken as a criticism of punchcut. I am really glad to see Meta Serif like this, and having it be the sponsored font may make me more likely to buy it.

And for the record I kicked in some money a few months ago, hope you did too.

Zara Evens's picture

Unfortunately, it is always going to be too bold, too light, too chunky, too compressed, too something… Some of us like what we see, some of us don't -- if it is too black for one person, that doesn't mean we made a bad design decision. Sure, it might be about legibility and context, but it is also about expression and this is how we have chosen to express this particular face.

If anyone would like to view the other weights of this family, you can do so on the FontFont website, please click on the banner in the right column.

Enjoy it while it lasts, or don't ;) These things will be changing more often than you might be used to.

kennethwhite's picture

I'm just glad there's finally a companion to Meta out there... I was getting really tired of the Minion pairing... well, and Minion in general.

crossgrove's picture

"And for the record I kicked in some money a few months ago, hope you did too."

Yeah.... that's what the sponsorship is. Money.

William Berkson's picture

Has the weight or size of the Meta Serif titling changed, or am I just getting more accustomed to it? In any case it is a pleasure to look at.

AndrewSipe's picture

Sexy. And the spacing on this looks much better than it did on Ommegaand.

Wiewauters's picture

How come I see the Meta ad, the headings of each post in ommegaand and the typophile main page in comic sans???

I want Meta as well!

*edit

after posting Comic Sans got squashed by Meta, but the Ommegaand headers are still there.

pattyfab's picture

Clean your cache (see above)

Stephen Coles's picture

The Featured Font changed to FF Meta Serif Book today (do a hard refresh if you don't see it). Not bad. Looks best on the huge headlines, such as the homepage and the "Edit and Preview comment" pages. I'm hoping the Bold will get a turn. That's the sweet spot for this setting i think.

dezcom's picture

Sounds refreshing, Stewf :-)

ChrisL

ebensorkin's picture

I really like this new setting.

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