A typeface collection, Umbrella Type, has been released by design company Veer. The compilation gathers together 46 typefaces, in varying styles, from the work of relatively unknown typographers and graphic designers.
Veer cites a "flexible, buried treasure philosophy" as the handle that unfolds Umbrella, and the company says that attitude will steer them toward future additions to the collection. The 46 typefaces feature a variety of calligraphic, handwritten, decorative, and display styles. For example, Orion is "upright, linear," while Argenta is "casual, handwritten," and Malbeck "energetically sloped." Brea was created by Corey Holms, who designed the logo for TV show The Sopranos.
"Umbrella is a novel and much-needed collection that shows the Veer team's passion for type," said Holms. "I know that finding the perfect typeface, one that hasn't been seen a million times before, can be a real challenge. Thankfully, Veer is dedicated to discovering and presenting these typographic gems to a wider audience, and marketing them in a way that hints at their creative possibilities."
Umbrella type families are immediately available for download from the Veer Web site with prices starting at $35 (around £20). They are available in both PostScript and TrueType formats and can be previewed with Flont, Veer's Web-based interface. Anyone interested in submitting typefaces for Umbrella should email the company.