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Good Type part 4: Good type can fly solo.

When it comes to the display fonts, there's more freedom to experiment and play. Not just with the type itself, but with people's expectations.

Good Type, part 3: Good type reads to you.

Conveying a clear message means using a typeface that's effortless to read. This installment of the Good Type series examines which factors affect readability.

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?

Designers from several leading brands share their own experiences with Helvetica®, and discuss why Helvetica® Now is suited for the needs of a modern world.

Inside the Studio: The story of Adlam.

Imagine inventing a brand new written alphabet. How would you do it? What challenges would you face adopting it for digital use? That is the story of Adlam.

Monotype adds Reiwa combined kanji glyph to Tazugane typefaces.

Monotype unveiled a new glyph design for its popular Tazugane Gothic and Tazugane Info typefaces that commemorates the new emperor of Japan.

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.

Adobe's move to get out of the business of fonts as a standalone offering might be good for creative professionals, but what about enterprise customers?

Right place, right time: The complicated legacy of Helvetica, one of the world’s most iconic typefaces.

You can love it or hate it, use it for nearly anything or refuse to use it at all. But however you feel about Helvetica, no one can deny its place in society.

Creating the typeface for SAP Fiori.

Monotype’s Terrance Weinzierl helped software company SAP to develop a typeface for SAP Fiori, for which SAP won a Red Dot Award in 2015. It was important that the design of the typeface works well in text-based UI environments without compromising on personality. The new typeface, called 72, has won a 2017 Red Dot Award.

A digital-ready Chinese sans-serif is born.

Many Chinese typefaces have a reputation for looking dated and not reading easily on small screens— not M Ying Hei. It checks all the boxes that it’s forefathers can’t.

Tazugane Gothic.

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.

Meet Hope Sans.

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.

Introducing Sagrantino.

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.

Meet VAG Rounded Next.

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.

Introducing Amariya.

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 story of PMN Caecilia Sans.

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.