Monotype is now the exclusive provider of more than 100 typefaces from The Foundry, a U.K.-based typeface design studio owned and operated by typeface designers, David Quay and Freda Sack. The Foundry is known for premium-quality typefaces, with designs that have been sought and used by ad agencies, businesses and design professionals across the globe.

HWT Gothic Round is the newest release from the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. Gothic Round was first introduced as wood type by the George Nesbitt Co. in 1838. The font is a softened variation of a standard heavy Gothic typeface. The style evokes a much more recent history of the 1960s and 70s and can be seen in such places as donut shops and on children's toys as well as inspiration for such fonts as VAG Rounded.

Gothic Round has not previously been available as a digital font until now. The font was digitized by Miguel Sousa from a wide variety of historical sources, including visits to the Cary Collection at RIT (Rochester, NY), WNY Book Arts Center (Buffalo, NY) and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum (Two Rivers, WI). The result is a very solid and contemporary font with a 175 year history.

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Meet the Metro Nova typeface family, new from Monotype. Designed by Monotype’s Toshi Omagari, Metro Nova is the next-generation version of William Addison Dwiggins’ Metro design, released into the Linotype library in 1930.

This late 19th century design conjures up early 20th century Dutch DeStijl lettering with a mostly strict adherence to right angles and minimal stroke modulation. Geometric began its life as a metal typeface from the Central Type Foundry, circa 1884. Soon after, this design was officially licensed to Morgan & Wilcox and was shown in their 1890 catalog in Regular, Light and Condensed Light variations. After acquiring Morgan & Wilcox, Hamilton Manufacturing offered Geometric Light Face Condensed as their own No 3020 and the Geometric Light Face as No 3021.

The Unit Gothic series was released by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in 1907. This sans serif family features one of the first multi width/weight type 'systems', anticipating the Univers font system by 50 years. This set of 7 fonts was designed to aid in press room efficiency and its incremental variation in widths gave poster printers unprecedented flexibility in fitting copy while using consistently harmonious fonts.

This HWT release is the first ever digital version of these fonts. Each font contains 600 glyphs including Greek and Cyrillic character sets as well as alternate characters which are based on the actual special character production patterns from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum collection.

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Today, Monotype announced the release of a collection of typefaces designed for digital reading environments, including e-books, web content, mobile applications, digital publications and online newspapers. Device manufacturers, digital publishers and Web designers can now turn to a selection that includes some of the most popular text faces used in print – designed and tuned for exceptional readability on e-readers, tablets, smartphones and other web-enabled devices.

Monotype’s initial collection includes multiple weights of nine typeface families, designated for digital publishing:

The Republic Gothic series was among the last original wood type designs manufactured by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. It was first shown in Hamilton's New Gothic Faces in Wood Type (c. 1920). The design features a sans-serif style reminiscent of brush-formed letters popular with sign painters of the era.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is still accepting programming proposals for its fifteenth annual conference. TypeCon2013 will take place August 21st – 25th in the City of Roses — Portland, Oregon.

We are currently accepting proposals for contemporary and historical presentations and panel discussions, focused hands-on workshops in both the digital and non-digital realms, and a variety of programming for the Type & Design Education Forum and other special events.

Arabesque and Bon Air, two alphabets from two different centuries, are not what most people immediately think of when they think "wood type". These quirky script fonts simulate hand lettering from very different eras and are now brought into the digital age for the first time ever. A third font, Catchwords , brings a classic printshop resource into the digital designer's toolbox.

Detailed information regarding these releases, including the "Making Of The Font" feature, can be found at the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry website: here.

LTC Athena brings a somewhat "lost" hot-metal typeface back from obscurity into digital Opentype format.

Athena is a rare typeface whose original matrices were destroyed and therefore thought to be lost to time. In the Fall of 2012, printing historian Rich Hopkins contacted P22 type foundry regarding a collection of inked type drawings he had just uncovered from his acquisition of the Baltimore base "Baltotype" company some 20 years ago. The Athena drawings included a full upper and lower case set, numerals, basic punctuation and alternate forms of some letters.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the fourth annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. The award recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

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The Hamilton Wood Type Foundry announces two new fonts- HWT Antique Tuscan No. 9 and HWT Borders One…and a newly redesigned HWT Foundry site.

HWT Antique Tuscan No. 9 is a very condensed 19th century Tuscan style wood type design with a full character set and ligatures. This design was first shown by Wm H Page Co in 1859 and is the first digital version of this font to include a lowercase and extended European character set.

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Typecast Web Design Tool Creator, Design By Front, Acquired by Monotype Imaging

Monotype Imaging has acquired Design By Front Limited, developers of the Typecast™ application, a browser-based tool for designing Web pages with Web fonts.

Steve Matteson, Monotype Imaging’s creative type director, will present “Discovering the Goudy Legacy” at the 2012 APHA Conference – the 37th annual conference presented by The American Printing History Association (APHA), Oct. 12-13, at Columbia College Chicago, Center for Book and Paper Arts.

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P22 type foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum are proud to announce a partnership that brings 19th Century ingenuity into relevance with the latest online technologies. This joint venture, known as the "Hamilton Wood Type Foundry" (HWT), will see a large collection of wood type designs converted into digital fonts that can be used with the latest Webfont CSS and Opentype programming abilities. P22 is working with the Hamilton Museum and other collections of scarce printed specimens as well as actual wood type to render these classic designs into fully functioning computer fonts.

The pewter pitcher that inspired much of Dwiggins’ most creative work disappeared in the 1990s and was feared lost forever, but it recently came up for auction. Two Boston book artists bought it to save it from going into a private collection. Please help with fundraising so it can have a place of honor in the Dwiggins Collection at the Boston Public Library.

The Type Directors Club and Monotype Imaging, proudly announce, from June 1st to June 6th, the Type Masters Week 2012. The Type Directors Club and Monotype Imaging will be offering the unique opportunity for you to participate of these workshops with the Masters; Gail Anderson, Henrik Kubel, Bas Jacobs (Underware) and David Berlow.

Typophile launched 12 years ago today. What are your favorite moments in our history? Point out your top threads that have the best entertainment, reference, and/or quotable value.

Happy Birthday everyone!

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Study Reveals Fonts That Win Elections

WOBURN, Mass., April 1, 2012 – Monotype Imaging Inc. today announced the results of a 22-year study into font choices used by political campaigns throughout the United States. Originally started by Monotype in 1990 in conjunction with the South Henrietta Institute of Technology, the exhaustive study analyzed the fonts used in more than 314,169 .U.S. municipal and state elections, with the goal of identifying fonts and typographic trends in the winning political campaigns. Visit Slideshare presetation here:

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Custom Umbro Type

Love it. Paul Barnes' work, via Commercial Type.

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Maax: available on 2nd April 2012

Maax is a sans serif typeface with 4 stylistic sets: geometric, modern, grotesk
Designer: Damien Gautier et Quentin Margat
Date: 2011-2012
Cut: Regular, Italic, Medium, Medium-Italic, Bold, Bold-Italic, Black
Format: OpenType
Glyphes: 471

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Image Upload is fixed

This image is 900k.

Which means image upload should be working now.

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This is the most fascinating typeface I've seen since 2004.

I'd love to hear how people see it.


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Armenian Calligraphy Edit

Armenian Calligraphy by Ruben Malayan

"1:44 edit I did with my calligraphic works. Drawn by me, music by Jon Hopkins, "Small Memory"."

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Unger Games

DutchDFA produced this design profile of living Dutch legend, type designer and graphic designer Gerard Unger.


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