JSTOR's corporate typeface — what on earth is it and whence does it come?

Joshua Langman's picture

Although this is, in part, a type ID question, I have posted it in general discussions because I would like to know more about this bizarre face than simply a name. On any PDFs downloaded from the JSTOR database, the name and copyright info appear in a distinctive and very amateur-looking typeface. Adobe Reader identifies it as CODE-2000 (TrueType). It is an unusually inconsistent font in many ways, as the attached pictures show. I am sure every typophile out there can pick out the idiosyncrasies for him- or herself. Does anyone know who deigned this face, or what its history entails?

Josh

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Scott Thatcher's picture

Since I use JSTOR regularly, I was curious. I only know what Google knows, but here's some information from www.unifont.org/fontguide/:

Code 2000 is an experimental shareware font with over 34,000 glyphs designed by James Kass to cover all of the non-Han sections of the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP)... The shareware fee for continued use of this font after evaluation is $US 5.00.

The links to the home page for Mr. Kass and for the font seem to be defunct.

Another link: http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/fonts.html#code2000.

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