Discourse

A brand new take
on classic wood types.

Designed by Dave Bailey

Yeehaw!

Discourse comes in three widths:

Discourse Narrow

Discourse Middle

Discourse Wide

Every one of the Light and Heavy weights have their own shadow, outline and fill versions that can be layered for a dazzling and fun chromatic effect.

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    Step 1.
    Create a new layer using a Fill version of the Discourse typeface

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    Step 2.
    Copy the first (Fill) layer to create a new one underneath. Change the font to the Outline version of the same weight and width of Discourse.

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    Step 3.
    Copy the second (Outline) layer to below and change the font to the Shadow version; again, use the same weight and width. Always place Shadow versions behind the others.

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    That’s all!
    Go pour yourself a tall, cold Sarsaparilla to celebrate a job well done.

Spicy

Story

Discourse is a type superfamily comprised of 24 fonts that was first visualized when designer Dave Bailey heard a preview of the song “Dust and Buried Bones: A Western Fantasy” by Opiate Eyes. The title alone projected vivid ephemeral images of gritty western films and the Oregon Trail.

Although Discourse references classic reverse-contrast wood type associated with the era of the Wild West, it re-interprets conventional forms into something with a more unique and distinctly neo-modern feel.

The three heavy weights of Discourse concentrate on creating the highest visual impact with the darkest color possible and tight spacing. The thick horizontal strokes create strong word shapes and the consistent color and rhythm creates a pleasantly even block of text. The three light weights are the opposite extreme, completely shedding the weight of the horizontal strokes that characterizes the heavy weights.

Every one of the Light and Heavy weights have their own shadow, outline and fill versions that can be lay­ered for a dazzling chromatic effect.

Features

Stylistic Alternates 
VaQuero@
VaQuero@
Small Caps 
Oaxaca
Oaxaca

Additional features include: Localized Forms, Fractions, Ordinals, and Ligatures

Glyphs

(There are 322 glyphs in Discourse, but we didn't want to show off too much.)

alphabet

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
l
m
n
o
p
q
r
s
t
u
v
w
x
y
z

figures & symbols

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
¼
½
¾
#
+
%
&
@
?
!
<
=
>
π
§
©
®

ligatures

fi
fl
œ
æ

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Discourse Single Fonts

starting at $29
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Discourse Light Narrow
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Discourse Heavy Narrow
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Discourse Light Middle
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Discourse Heavy Middle
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Discourse Light Wide
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Discourse Heavy Wide

Discourse Shadow Sets

starting at $39
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Discourse Light Narrow Shadow
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Discourse Heavy Narrow Shadow
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Discourse Light Middle Shadow
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Discourse Heavy Middle Shadow
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Discourse Light Wide Shadow
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Discourse Heavy Wide Shadow

Discourse Sets

starting at $139
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Discourse Heavy Narrow
Discourse Heavy Narrow Shadow
Discourse Heavy Narrow Outline
Discourse Heavy Narrow Fill
Discourse Heavy Middle
Discourse Heavy Middle Shadow
Discourse Heavy Middle Outline
Discourse Heavy Middle Fill
Discourse Heavy Wide
Discourse Heavy Wide Shadow
Discourse Heavy Wide Outline
Discourse Heavy Wide Fill
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Discourse Heavy Narrow
Discourse Heavy Middle
Discourse Heavy Wide
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Discourse Heavy Narrow Shadow
Discourse Heavy Narrow Outline
Discourse Heavy Narrow Fill
Discourse Heavy Middle Shadow
Discourse Heavy Middle Outline
Discourse Heavy Middle Fill
Discourse Heavy Wide Shadow
Discourse Heavy Wide Outline
Discourse Heavy Wide Fill
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Discourse Light Narrow
Discourse Light Narrow Shadow
Discourse Light Narrow Outline
Discourse Light Narrow Fill
Discourse Light Middle
Discourse Light Middle Shadow
Discourse Light Middle Outline
Discourse Light Middle Fill
Discourse Light Wide
Discourse Light Wide Shadow
Discourse Light Wide Outline
Discourse Light Wide Fill
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Discourse Light Narrow
Discourse Light Middle
Discourse Light Wide
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Discourse Light Narrow Shadow
Discourse Light Narrow Outline
Discourse Light Narrow Fill
Discourse Light Middle Shadow
Discourse Light Middle Outline
Discourse Light Middle Fill
Discourse Light Wide Shadow
Discourse Light Wide Outline
Discourse Light Wide Fill