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Good type is a devil for detail

It was Beatrice Warde who first compared typefaces to the clothes that words wear. A finely tailored suit can completely change a person's appearance, and in the same way typefaces can drastically alter what words mean, how they work, and how they make us feel.

Good type can stretch

Choosing a typeface to represent a brand's voice isn't an easy decision, and it becomes more complicated when companies have to factor in the future. Type offers brands an immense amount of value, but it needs to be able to stretch.

Good type has secrets

Much like people, typefaces are multifaceted. They can be practical and straightforward, or they can be expressive and full of contrast, depending on how they're used. Making the most of a typeface means knowing how to unlock its secrets.

How do you choose a typeface when you’re the world’s biggest font foundry?

Monotype’s brand refresh needed to achieve the same consistency of communication that it champions for its customers. But what’s the answer when you’re a type foundry with literally tens of thousands of fonts to choose from, and multiple products and services to design for?

Good type is a team player.

Pairing typefaces is one of the more challenging tasks a typographer faces. It's a much-debated subject, and every designer will have their own approach, but there are some key guidelines that can help make the choice less daunting.

Is the text on your website ADA accessible? Part three: Live text.

In this three-part series, we’ll show you how fonts can help your website follow the standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Is the text on your website ADA accessible? Part two: Contrast.

In this three-part series, we’ll show you how fonts can help your website follow the standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Good type is family.

A good typographic system is like a family—and just like people, it comes in all shapes and sizes.

Monotype extends alliance with Adobe.

Monotype and Adobe are extending their long-standing alliance to make hundreds of additional fonts available to creative professionals through Creative Cloud, including classics like Arial and Times New Roman and more from the FontFont library.

Good type can fly solo.

Fonts sit at an interesting intersection, somewhere between utility and beauty. They're part of the designer's toolbox, but go far beyond practicality—they have the power to provoke a powerful response. 

Good type reads to you.

Conveying a message with clarity means finding a typeface that's effortless to read. That goes a step further than making sure people can interpret it with ease.

Charles Nix Tells the Story of Helvetica Now.

Helvetica® is perhaps the best-known typeface of all time, inspiring designers across multiple generations and around the world. Recently, Monotype’s Studio team released Helvetica® Now, a reimagination available in three optical sizes - Micro, Text, and Display. Every character has been redrawn and refit; with a variety of useful alternatives added.

What do designers think of Helvetica Now?

During the recent launch of Helvetica® Now at Monotype’s New York City office, Charles Nix, Type Director at Monotype presented the process for redesigning this truly iconic typeface.

The Story of Adlam.

In this day and age, imagine someone inventing a new alphabet for a language so that it fits the sounds better than the current one. How likely is it to succeed in being adopted and replacing the old alphabet?

Monotype adds Reiwa combined kanji glyph to Tazugane typefaces.

The Japanese government recently announced that the reign of the next Japanese emperor will be called the “Reiwa” era. The era will officially begin when Crown Prince Naruhito is crowned on May 1, succeeding his father, Emperor Akihito.

Behind the font: The challenges of going it alone.

Typeface design is a mysterious business. While most people are acquainted with the dropdown menu in Word or a website like MyFonts, not everyone realizes there’s a host of independent designers and foundries all quietly making their contribution to visual culture.

Meet Placard Next.

Placard Next is a reimagined version of a 1930s poster design, that takes all the original quirky details and refines them for digital use. Its condensed versions pack an instant typographic punch when used at large sizes, introducing some unusual flavor to posters, headlines and anywhere else designers need to make a statement.

Monotype, Adobe Fonts and the ever-evolving font landscape.

By now you’ve heard that Adobe has changed the name of its Typekit service to Adobe Fonts. Essentially, Adobe is getting out of the business of fonts as a standalone offering and has wrapped these fonts into its Creative Cloud subscription applications.