Not to be confused with my post Festive Fonts (For You) Friday.
Sunday, December 22 at 04:19 Universal Time is this year’s winter or summer solstice! (Former: Northern Hemisphere; latter: Southern Hemisphere.) UT is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Time, so for here in San Francisco the solstice is Saturday, December 21 at 8:19 pm.
Next: science! Wait, don’t run away, this is cool. Due to the tilt of Earth’s axis while we orbit our beloved Sun, we have seasons: periods of greater or lesser daylight and warmth. Combined with other atmospheric phenomena, we have rain, snow, dryness, wind. All the stuff! Yay tilt!
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”), because at the solstices, the Sun’s declination appears to “stand still”; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s daily path (as seen from Earth) stops at a northern or southern limit before reversing direction.
Below are an orbit diagram and a solstice closeup, for the more visually oriented of us. Scroll to the very bottom for a chart with exact times.
And because I am me, I’ve curated for you three very different typefaces called “Solstice”—or in one case, “Solstice of Suffering.” If anyone can explain that name to me, please feel free. Peak suffering, after which the suffering wanes, only to be reborn again in six months? It all seems a bit dubious. In any case, scroll partway down for those.
So yeah, fonts! Here are three “Solstice” type designs.
Jagged and heavy, this typeface recalls the dreary days waiting for the light to return. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. This will never end. Oh God I loathe life.
Single styles from $26.
This bouncy, light typeface is almost certainly a reference to the summer solstice, especially as the font designer has placed the type on a light blue background.
Winter solstice, obviously: deformed, hand drawn letterforms, dripping with blood or tar. The designer’s name is Leon Muerte. “Muerte” means “death” in Spanish and is probably not his birth name.
Here are times for solstices (peak light/dark) and equinoxes (days with equal daylight and dark, in spring and fall).