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The first Japanese typeface from Monotype is a humanist sans serif, designed to work in partnership with Neue Frutiger. Tazugane Gothic sets out to introduce a new typographic standard, allowing designers to comfortably set Latin and Japanese characters alongside one another while maintaining visual harmony.
Hope Sans has been selected by the judges of the 22nd Annual TDC Typeface Design Competition to receive the Certificate of Typographic Excellence. It will be included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, “The World’s Best Typography,” and will also be shown at the 65th Awards Exhibition (TDC65) in New York City.
Sagrantino is a non-connecting script that traces its roots back to hand-drawn letterforms, and the connection between pen and paper. Named after the Italian wine, Sagrantino is bold and full of flavor, while embodying a sense of freedom and fluidity. Its quirky character shines at larger sizes – making it perfect for headlines, posters, or anywhere type is needed to really make a point. The family is available as OpenType Pro fonts, and has an extended character set that supports most Central European and many Eastern European languages.
This extended version of the VAG Rounded typeface by the Monotype Studio brings the 1970s design up to date, expanding its language support and adding two new display fonts.
Created with screen reading in mind, Amariya’s sculpted, understated elegance is specifically designed for long-form copy in Arabic, Urdu or Persian. Its open shapes and streamlined forms are tailored not just to the digital world, but the flow and rhythm required by someone immersing themselves in words.
The making of the serif typeface PMN Caecilia from first sketches to usable fonts took more than seven years. Designed by Peter Matthias Noordzij, it is the child of a time when font technology changed rapidly, not knowing which development the next day would bring. Eventually it was released in 1991 and quickly turned into a quiet tip for designers; not overused, and yet selected for prominent applications. Today, more than 25 years later, Noordzij adds a sans serif companion to his first type family and equips it for today’s needs.
How do fonts influence your perception of a city and its identity? See how the right choice can convey the image of a place is and what it aspires to become.
Tiny type poses a big design challenge. “Micro type”—typically under 10 point—is a fast-growing part of our collective reading diet. Whether in eBooks, smart watches, package labeling, or any number of “micro type” environments, when letterforms become smaller, spacing gets tight, details get lost, and forms blend together. The resulting legibility issues can make for a frustrating reading experience.
In many ways the idea that Helvetica is a 'neutral' typeface has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's not to say it isn't, but the neutrality narrative is only half the story.
Ambiguity, from Charles Nix, offers a chance to pause for thought, question the state of affairs, and indulge in a little bit of enjoyable discomfort.
Juan Erquicia, Group Brand Manager at Santander, discusses the hurdles his brand faced heading into its rebrand, and how a custom font from Monotype helped solve those challenges.
Behind the font highlights the people and process behind the fonts you love and use. This installment features Carl Crossgrove of the Monotype Studio.
German designer Paul Renner is best known for his Futura design, but Plak, his 'other' typeface, is long overdue a rediscovery. Monotype designers Linda Hintz and Toshi Omagari have restored this under-appreciated design, creating a versatile set of 60 weights that draw on the forms of the original wood type.
You know what they say, “classics never go out of style.” Maybe this is true, maybe it isn’t. But one thing is certain: When sans serifs took over typography in the early 1900s, they weren’t just a fad. They came to stay.