Monotype on the History and Future of Variable Fonts
Variable fonts are shaping up to be a major step forward in typeface technology, and will likely have a dramatic effect on designers and brands. Monotype's Tom Rickner discusses his history with variable fonts, what they will be capable of doing, the effect they will have on type design and what needs to happen for variable fonts to see wide adoption.
The Centaur and Palatino typefaces are among the most important typefaces of the 20th century, though less well known than the familiar Helvetica typeface. Two new studies of the fonts explore their intricate histories, including the development of the Palatino Nova typeface by Monotype’s Akira Kobayashi.
Monotype, Google and MIT AgeLab Team Up to Research How We Read at a Glance
The way we read has changed dramatically in the past few decades. Our default method is no longer to read ink on paper but digital type on screens of all sizes – from handheld phones and tablets to large-scale billboards. Monotype has been working with the MIT AgeLab to research legibility since 2012 and while useful, these studies have uncovered more areas that require study. The consortium is now looking for more members to invest in wider research into typography and designing for quick-glance environments.
Monotype Looks to Encourage the Use of Easy-to-Read Typefaces
The goal of the Clear-IP Consortium is investigate type’s readability when words are skimmed or read quickly – as part of the “glance” culture which has developed out of increased use of smartphones and tablets, and a preference for quick stories and notifications. The ultimate aim of ClearIP is to produce a body of research around typeface legibility, which can then go on to inform guidelines for different industries. This could be relevant for any product that features typography, but particularly in-vehicle digital displays, physical and electronic road signs, connected home products, wearables, packaging, advertising and labeling.
MIT and Monotype Launch Major Research into Design and Typography for the “Quick Glance” Society
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Monotype and MIT announced the ClearIP Consortium, whose aim is to research typography and legibility in the age of the "quick glance." While the consortium has produced research and data on the topic, it is seeking out additional members to expand research areas and answer new questions on how information is read and retained in glances.
TYPO Labs is an immersive type technology summit featuring talks, industry discussion panels, classrooms, peer learning and countless networking opportunities. The conference brings together leading engineers and practitioners from the font industry, OS developers and academics. Its purpose is to advance the state of the art in type development, facilitate its adoption in the industry, and encourage the integration of new type developments into future digital communication.
Many people still haven’t embraced the joy of change. TYPO Berlin 2017 will tackle methodological agility, and aims to facilitate a rethinking. How do I get out of my comfort zone? At which points can I permit fluid structures? How do I develop new potential for innovation? Those are the questions typical of traditional organisational models, which won’t help us make headway in the future.
Typographics is a design festival for people who use type. The event series takes place June 12–22, 2017, and is devoted to contemporary typography, with talks, workshops, and tours focusing on where typography is today and where its future may lie. It will be held at The Cooper Union in New York City.
TypeCon is an annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts.