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IN YOUR FACE -- The MyFonts.com Newsleter -- May 2004
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Letter from the Editor
The main news this month is our obsession with images. Foundries jumped at
the chance to illustrate their fonts with little 'flags', as we call them.
As for new fonts, we have Matthew Carter's Skia, Test Pilot Collective,
the bitmap fonts from MiniFonts.com (11 new foundries in total), and a
great number of new fonts from foundries that have been with us for some
time -- a lively couple of months!
Our new sister newsletter, Rising Stars, went down really well. Thanks for
all your feedback. In Your Face continues to feature each new foundry as
they join MyFonts.com. We'll also bring you news from the world of
typography, new features at MyFonts.com, and of course the brightest of
the new fonts from our existing foundries.
Happy font finding!
- Laurence Penney
In Your Face Editor
In response to customers who've told us they like to see fonts in use, we
came up with a new concept: Font Flags. They are little images, one for
each font family page, designed by the foundry to show off the font at its
best. To our delight, foundries responded so enthusiastically that now
over 1000 font families have flags! We think you'll agree they're not just
appealing, but also really helpful when choosing fonts.
Go to the Font Flag List at MyFonts.com to see all the current flags.
San Francisco, July 21-25 is this summer's essential destination for the
font crowd. The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is putting on
TypeCon2004: Type High, the annual font fest that just gets better and
better. At dozens of presentations, discussions and workshops, typophiles
get to live and breathe typography for a long weekend -- students $100,
others $165 for early registration. See you there! Read more at the
TypeCon2004 official site.
EU+10 = 25!
On May 1st 2004, ten countries joined the European Union: Cyprus, the
Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the
Slovak Republic, and Slovenia -- so currently, the European Union consists
of 25 countries with a total population of 458 million. Most of the new EU
member countries are located in the Central & Eastern Europe.
These countries use languages that are written with Roman letters, but
extensively use accents (diacritics) that are not found in the regular
Western fonts as you know them. To write correspondence or make designs
targeted for the new EU countries, you need fonts with the Central
European character set (also called 'CE fonts'). Such fonts come in two
One font contains both the Central European and the Western diacritics and
is Unicode-compatible. If you want to mix Spanish and Polish in one text,
you just need to install the appropriate keyboard layout in your system or
use a utility such as Character Map, Glyph Palette or PopChar to type in
If you work with Microsoft Word (Windows only), Adobe InDesign, Adobe
Illustrator CS, Adobe Photoshop 7 or CS, Corel DRAW 12, or any other
application that supports Unicode, then you should purchase Unicode fonts
in the TrueType or the OpenType format. MyFonts.com usually displays these
fonts with a 'CE' icon and a 'Unicode' icon.
A separate font contains Central European diacritics but does not contain
Western diacritics. When you want to mix French and Czech, you will need
to switch between 'YourFontName' and 'YourFontName CE' in the font menu.
In addition, you should install the appropriate keyboard layout in your
system or use a utility such as Character Map, Glyph Palette or PopChar to
type in the diacritics.
If you work with QuarkXPress for Windows or Mac, Microsoft Word for Mac,
any Macromedia application for Windows or Mac, Adobe Illustrator 10 or
older, Adobe Photoshop 6 or older, Corel DRAW 11 or older, or other
applications that do not support Unicode (or you are unsure whether they
do), you should purchase codepage fonts in the Type 1 format. MyFonts.com
usually displays these fonts with a 'CE' icon but without a 'Unicode'
icon. Also, typically, the font name includes a 'CE' suffix.
Currently, MyFonts.com offers 3045 fonts in 415 families with the Central
European character set! Moreover, we have an International section where
you can easily find fonts with the CE character set (both multilingual and
Not only do we sell fonts with CE characters, we also have fonts that were
designed by typographers from that region of Europe. Visit our Country
section and click on a country name how it sits in the typographic world:
Eleven new foundries join MyFonts.com
TEST PILOT COLLECTIVE is a small digital type foundry that started in
Minneapolis in 1998. Technology and history are the themes that have fired
up designers Matt Desmond and Joe Kral to draw an amazing 343 styles at
the last count. To take but one example, Curbdog is one of those rare
designs that confidently betrays an amazingly diverse array of influences
-- high-legibility computer fonts, 19th century wood type, the geometry of
the circle and straight line -- and comes out with something fresh,
demanding to be put to good use. Whether it's a contemporary twist on a
well-run theme, or a hi-tech look that declares that not all of history is
bunk, we have no trouble imagining Curbdog in logos, signs, book covers
and magazine titles.
CARTER & CONE TYPE of Cambridge, Massachusetts is the font foundry of
Matthew Carter and Cherie Cone. Matthew Carter is one of the finest and
best known type designers in the world; his career spans nearly 50 years.
He has designed typefaces for the Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Devanagari
alphabets. Mr Carter is proficient in designing text typefaces for books,
newspapers and magazines (ITC Charter, ITC Galliard, Miller, Olympian),
special typefaces for low-resolution printing or computer screens (Bell
Centennial, Georgia, Verdana), beautiful script typefaces (Cascade Script,
Snell Roundhand, Shelley Script) and fascinating display faces (Sophia,
Mantinia, Big Caslon).
In 1994 Carter designed Skia, a relaxed sans-serif inspired by ancient
Greek letterforms. Unlike Adobe Lithos (which has similar origins) Skia
has a fine lower-case. Apple Computer released the font as a showcase for
their font technology (today called AAT) that allows advanced typographic
features such as ligatures, old-style numerals and even seamless blending
of the font's weight. Until recently, the font was only available as as
TrueType packaged with Mac OS, but due to popular demand Carter & Cone now
release Skia CC in PostScript format for both Windows and Mac OS. It leapt
straight into our bestseller charts!
ARUBAN FONT FOUNDRY is George Ryan's independent venture. George has been
in the font biz quite a while. Since 1978 he's held senior positions at
Linotype and Bitstream, and has been involved in the production of well
over 2500 fonts! His own designs have been published by Galapagos,
Bitstream, and ITC.
Now as an independent, he releases Rescue, a readable sans-serif that is
available in an impressive array of widths and weights. Its distinctive,
unusually large lowercase forms are derived from handwriting, yet it's so
legible it could be used instead of Verdana. George has another 8 display
& script families too!
FONTBOY of San Anselmo, California, was established in 1995 as the font
design spin-off of the design office of Bob Aufuldish and Kathy Warinner.
They've had designs released through another foundry, and here release
their other designs. We like the overlay capability of the Punctual
family, the abstract designs of RoarShock, the friendly-zany charm of
Baufy and Viscosity, and the quirky-classical New Clear Era. Now get these
award-winning fonts from MyFonts.com!
MINIFONTS.COM is the name on the pixel fonts from multi-talented,
multimedia designer Joe Gillespie from London. From his website Web Page
Design for Designers this former musician, robot designer, and ad agency
art director demystifies HTML, CSS and Flash for a grateful public. With
capital letters just 5 pixels high, his font Mini 7 has become probably
the most popular pixel font in use on the web today, and Joe is surely the
most prolific designer in this field. Choose from an amazing 279 styles.
Prices from just $8.
WIESCHER DESIGN is the Munich studio of German designer Gert Wiescher.
Already known among some of you for his work released in the FontFont
library (FF Bodoni Classic perhaps the best known), he now releases
Scriptissimo, a calligraphic hand with fine detailing that rewards use at
large sizes. It has versions named Start, Middle and End, tweaked for
their ideal position in the word, and there's a splendid Ligatures font
containing not just ff and fl, but dozens of hand-tuned common
RICARDO SANTOS is a young designer living in Lisbon, and has been working
on his major family Van for the past six years. The Van Condensed package
of six styles (three weights, upright and italic, with lining and
old-style figures) is a high-legibility geometric sans. The inclusion of a
Dingbats font of transport symbols indicates that Ricardo is confident
that airports and national railway systems should have the package on
their shopping lists!
TYPOTHETICALS is the foundry of Graham Meade in Melbourne, Australia. His
collection of 59 styles covers many genres, but we most like his scripts,
the relaxed calligraphy of Italican Oblique in particular. The
neverending search for alternatives to Comic Sans gets a result here too:
Stripwriter is very easy-going, highly legible, with nice 3D versions.
Most Typotheticals fonts are only $8 or $10.
UNDT is the own-label brand of London designer Marcus McCallion, sometime
co-worker of bad boy Jonathan Barnbrook at Virus Fonts. In his new fonts
Marcus explores white-space, the mastery of which is the mark of the
accomplished type designer, say the experts. The modular Pills is based on
overlaid circular and square forms. The negative shapes in Punched appear
like serif letters and can be used to create complex text patterns.
ANDRIY KONSTANTYNOV is from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and debuts at
MyFonts.com with two multilingual font families: Radix and Tecco. Each of
these sans-serif families includes Western, Central European and Cyrillic
DOOLEY TYPE brings out the designs of Jeremy Dooley of Greenville, S.
Carolina. Shrike 2003 is his initial family of fonts. A 'shrike' is a
screeching butcher of a bird which enjoys impaling mice on thorns. Watch
out for this font's strident call and those small yet sharp serifs!
More Fonts from our Existing Foundries
ASTIGMATIC offers Hardliner, a connecting monoline, biline, and triline
script family unifying a retro look of the 1950s with a techno flavor of
TYPECO, James Grieshaber's foundry, releases Gothic Gothic, a fascinating,
creative, award-winning mixture of two 'gothic' themes: in typography the
word can refer to both blackletter and sans-serif typefaces. We also like
what must be the toughest font ever made, Super Duty. Its sharp mechanical
angles and stencil option give the letterforms a square-jawed and
ready-for-action feel. Good work, James!
NICK'S FONTS brings out a fresh set of playful new fonts. The wild, wacky
and slightly tacky Whoa Nelly is suitable for the whole family. Hardy Har
Har is revival of an exotic but seriously funny typeface by Barnhard
Brothers and Spindler, a homage to poster designer Dudley Hardy. Krazy
Kracks is an affectionate parody of Cooper Black, a typeface who some
already consider a parody of lettering. We love the particularly krazy
PRESENCE TYPO -- Just as we were hoping, Thierry Puyfoulhoux has added
condensed weights to his very useful Placebo Serif and Placebo Sans.
BASELINE brings us Avi Sans a monocase, monolinear, multi-weight family
created specifically for nonlinear video editors.
SHINNTYPE brings out Panoptica, a monowidth typeface that is also a
thorough exploration of the unicase idea (the combination of lowercase and
uppercase), and Preface, a multi-style sans-serif that begs to be used
instead of Helvetica or Gill.
QUADRAT, the foundry of David Vereschagin, has made Toronto Sans, a
digital version of the lettering originally used in the subway system of
his home town, developed from rubbings of the lettering on station walls
and photographs of painted signage.
SPIECE GRAPHICS brings out Frisco Antique Display, beautiful 'Tuscan'
wood-type that quite simply reeks of the wild west.
ASTYPE, the label of Andreas Seidel, brings out Missale Incana, a new
interpretation of a beautiful double-stem calligraphic face from the
legendary East German type designer, Herbert Thannhaeuser. As we've seen
before from Seidel, it's delivered as a feature-rich OpenType font.
Plus lots more new fonts from Pizzadude.dk, Typodermic, Bergsland,
Woodside Graphics (formerly Arroyo-Style), BA Graphics, P22, Elemeno,
Enrich Design, Outside the Line, Emboss, Gerald Gallo, E-phemera, MADType,
Fatchair, SparkyType, Sander's Conspiracy, Ingrimayne, Blambot, Dennis
Ortiz-Lopez, and SoloType.
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