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.