RaceWknd is a new magazine for Formula 1 fans, created during lockdown and crowdfunded through a Kickstarter campaign. The magazine was founded by publisher Magnus Greaves and creative director Tom Brown, and realized together with editor Emily Chavous, Formula 1 correspondent Paul Weaver, and photographers Darren Heath and Fredrik Brodén.
The typography doesn’t take a back seat. Tom Brown dusted off Compacta and demonstrates that Letraset’s display sans from 1963 still is a banger. Compacta is used in big and bigger sizes, with some glyphs scaled to fill an entire page, or even two. The chosen version is one of the digitizations of Compacta Bold with pronounced ink traps, probably ITC’s or Monotype’s. Originally introduced to keep spots clear and uncluttered where diagonals meet, these notches take on a new role in sizes this large. Now they help to establish a techy and trendy feeling. The occasional italicized letters within words add to the contemporary look, and perhaps symbolize racers revving it up, accelerating to pass (or crash into?) their neighboring glyphs.