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Nine Nine

Contributed by Peiran Tan on Jul 30th, 2017. Artwork published in
circa 2017
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nine nine:

Golden age hip-hop is a name commonly given to mainstream hip-hop music made in the late 1980s and early 1990s, typically by artists originating from the New York metropolitan area. The golden age is noted for its innovation—a time “when it seemed that every new single reinvented the genre” according to Rolling Stone. This publication contains underground hip-hop classics from late 1990s: 4 singles and one track from compilation album recorded or released in 1999. […]

Set in Grad by Phil Martin. Giorgio Sans and Graphik has been used for captions. Pilar has been used for headings.

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3 Comments on “Nine Nine”

  1. The Pilar font includes four different designs for each letter, with the alternates made accessible via Stylistic Sets. In this use, Pavel Kedich combines the Regular Open (Rolling Stone quote) with the Wide Closed (titles) and Wild (“Foreword”, artist names) styles, always in all caps. The “Nine Nine” logo is a mix. While Giorgio Sans, Graphik and Grad are served as webfonts, the texts in Pilar are embedded as SVG files, probably to maintain full control.

    Here’s an overview of Pilar’s four designs — Regular Open, Wide Closed, Narrow, Wild — for the Latin caps. All four styles also include Cyrillics, lowercase letters, accented letters, and numerals. In total, the font contains 1,581 glyphs — if you rent it from Fontstand for €3,50/month, that’s less than a quarter cent per glyph.

  2. @Florian: Those G Q Rs are definitely something.

  3. Happy to see they took advantage of the small caps and old style figures OpenType features I put into Grad.

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