New Cool Collective – Electric Monkey Sessions (2014) and Electric Monkey Sessions 2 (2017) album art
For the first volume released in 2014, Wiemans made an illustration of three mandrills in suits, apparently about to the enter the stage, exchanging impish looks. The typography is composed with Ed Interlock. A masterpiece of design and technology, this font was designed by Ken Barber with Ed Benguiat. It is based on Benguiat’s Newlock, originally drawn for Photo-Lettering in the 1960s. Tal Leming accounted for the technical implementation which enables the automatic glyph substitution, with some letters extending over and under their neighbors. Wiemans combined the interlocking feature with a stacked-and-justified setting for a solid block of letter goodness. The track list on the back cover uses another typeface from the Ed Benguiat Font Collection by House Industries, Ed Brush.
For the second volume, the three mandrills find themselves in the nocturnal jungle. This time, the title is set in SpinOut, a “wacky 50s psychedelica” face from Shamfonts. It was designed by lettering artist and sign painter Shamrock, who, like Wiemans, is at home in Amsterdam. The Tiki-style SpinOut has a matching inline sans companion named SpinOff. The font used for the band name and the back cover is Eubie Script by Dai Foldes.
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In a Twitter thread commemorating Ed Benguiat, Tal Leming recounts how he engineered the Ed Interlock font for Ken Barber and House Industries:
It was one of the first OpenType fonts that had ligatures that went beyond basic ﬁ, ﬂ and calligraphic combinations. Ken and I spent months studying examples of the OG typesetting to figure out some kind of logic to replicate Ed and PLINC’s intuitive up/down placement of the small letters. We finally abstracted it into something that I could translate into code. We called it “Artificial Edtelligence” and it freaked out some smart type tech people. Adobe begged us to show them the code. An Apple engineer wrote to ask how we created the “sinusoidal flow.” (We had to look that up before we replied.) We never told ANYONE how it worked. Later, Ken and Ed were invited to give a presentation in NYC on the whole collection and Ken asked me to drop some pseudo-science about the tech behind Interlock. After our rehearsal, Ed told me “That’s good work.” I, being an idiot, took my chance to talk to Ed as a “peer.” I said, “Oh, thanks! Would you like to see how the code really works? It’s actually pretty simple…” Ed, without missing a beat, responded, “No. I f---—g invented it.” and walked off.
This was the only time Ed ever said anything to me. Ed was our superstar. RIP.