I was browsing through Barnes and Noble today and saw that How had a special issue on typography. I decided to pick it up, as it had a few interesting articles on typography and type design. There is a whole article on taking advantage of OpenType features; something I recommend for every designer. Insigne typefaces take advantage of many OpenType features such as old style figures and small caps that can really give your designs some extra polish. Alas, insigne wasn't mentioned, (Trust me, I scoured the magazine throughly) but there is always next year, right?
The Aviano series returns, refined and sophisticated with an extended, high-contrast sans-serif family. Aviano Contrast is a contemporary typeface radiating with luxury. It’s classic elegance makes it perfect for high-end applications such as cosmetic, jewelry or fashion brands. Aviano Contrast’s extended forms give the face a smart look, and the curves are carefully honed to be sinuous and seductive. This high-contrast face is in a class of its own, composed in the style of a classic Didone but lacking the typical serifs. Aviano Contrast comes in six different weights and is packed with OpenType features. Need swash forms? Ball terminals? Art Deco alternates inspired by the inscriptions and signage of the ’20s and ’30s? Aviano Contrast includes 230 alternate characters. Twelve style sets are available, including four complete sets of art deco-inspired alternates, small forms, swash, titling and a wide array of other alternates to make your designs unique. As a complement to th