Black Artists exhibition poster
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Newsense is Adrian Candela’s loose interpretation of Filmsense.
It’s rather loose indeed. To be honest, it doesn’t succeed in capturing the feeling of Filmsense. Here’s a resetting of the letters featured in the use above, for direct comparison. Note that Filmsense came in two variants, A and B. While the poster uses the more detailed A, Newsense follows B.
The wide L causes spacing issues, letters like K (but also A, C) are not as elegant as in the original, T is overly complex, and the diagonally sheared R introduces an element that’s alien to Filmsense, and rather related to Zeppelin (or Lux).
Several of Newsense’s glyphs are way too wide – a beginner’s mistake that’s commonly found in geometrically constructed typefaces – with full semi-circles in X or Y, and an m that’s almost double the width of the original’s glyph, disturbing the word rhythm. Transitions from straight to round are bumpy.
I don’t think Filmsense had an alternate i with square dot. There definitely was a round one, with concentric circles that are also echoed in the alternate E as well as A F H, and which are a characteristic trait of the face. Also, the x-height of this interpretation is all over the place, see k g h.
I understand that Newsense is a freebie made available under a Creative Commons license, and I’m reluctant to slate something that’s obviously a labor of love. I’m just saying that it’s far from being a full-fledged digital version of Filmsense.