Font Technology: What is the difference between CFF and TTF fonts?

Our font technology articles always offer you new, interesting and relevant ideas from the world of typography.
For example, the question of what actually is the difference between the CFF and TTF formats in OpenType fonts. We explain how to choose the right format and what the abbreviations mean.

Find out the differences between both formats here.

You can find other exciting topics and browse our complete Font Technology section here.

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Fonts by Inspiration Series: Pixel Fonts

In this installment of our popular “Fonts by Inspiration” series, we’re taking a look at pixel fonts and providing example applications for you.
The common feature of pixel fonts is the grid-based design of the letter forms in round or square points. Funnily enough, the models for these fonts came from analogue problems like printers or monitors with poor resolution in the early computer era. Pixel fonts also recall logos on colorful game booths or early neon signs. Nowadays, pixel fonts often provide a retro charm and can be used on posters or music covers and eye-catching logos.

Take a look – our experts have created a selection of interesting pixel fonts.

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New book about printer legend Alan Kitching

The Laurence King publishing house recently released a new book about Britain’s Alan Kitching. “Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress” by John L. Walters covers over 50 years of the celebrated printer’s life work.
The publication is available in two versions, a special and a collector’s edition. Check out this wonderful video, which offers a taste of the book. We watch Alan Kitching work as he reads several sections from the book.

Find out more about the book and the upcoming reading tour in the UK here.

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The fonts from the Oscar-winning film posters & poster font selection starting at 19 USD/EUR*

The Oscars have been awarded – Leonardo DiCaprio won and viewers eagerly watched the entrance of the actors and directors on the red carpet. But we were also interested in the film posters and the fonts used for the Oscar-winning films.

For this reason, we did research on some of the posters. They often use a custom typeface, but we have some very similar fonts available in our Linotype library. That’s why we created four fantastic poster font selections in various styles starting at 19 USD/EUR*. Included are the popular Neue Haas Grotesk™, as well as Francker™, Excritura™ and Linotype Typo American™. The offer is available for one week until April 21, so act now.

Click here to access our feature with the researched poster fonts as well as the inexpensive poster fonts selection.

* Gross price 22.62 USD/EUR with VAT. The offer is not valid for holders of accounts that already receive fixed-price discounts.

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Mahendra Patel received lifetime achievement award

Mahendra Patel, designer of the Neue Frutiger® Devanagari, was recognized for lifetime achievement on February 27. The Indian designer received the “Life Time Achievement Award” at the Typo Day Conference 2016 in Bangalore. We offer him our sincere congratulations.

You can read about Mahendra Patel’s life here.

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One of the most popular typefaces of the
FontFont library: FF Meta

The FF Meta super-family came out in 1991. It is a lively and friendly, humanist sans serif based on the basic forms of the Renaissance Antiqua.
Over the following decades, many more members were created under the direction of German designer Erik Spiekermann. FF Meta grew into a powerful super-family – thanks to FF Meta Headline, especially suited to titles and headings, FF Meta Correspondence, which is aimed at everyday office work, and FF Meta Serif, the matching serif for the sans version.

Intrigued? Learn more of the background information and features of the versatile FF Meta family.

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The new handwriting font Ford’s Folly,
available for only 49 USD/EUR*

American designer Jim Ford, creator of Richie™, has published a new handwriting font, Ford’s Folly™.
It simulates handwritten letters with a very realistic and spontaneous character. Ford’s Folly is ideal for designs that require a casual atmosphere and varied accents. Ford himself is of the opinion that the sizes from 16 to 24 points are best suited to showing the strengths of the font.

Get Ford’s Folly in our introductory offer for only 49 USD/EUR* until April 10. The font has two weights, Regular and Bold, each with matching italic, and additional characters for Cyrillic and Greek.

Find out more exciting details and see example applications of Ford’s Folly here.

* Gross price 58.31 USD/EUR with VAT. The offer is not valid for holders of accounts that already receive fixed-price discounts.

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Video Lecture with Designer Sumner Stone

Font designer Sumner Stone, creator of Magma II™, the ITC Stone® extended family and many other fonts, gave a fascinating lecture.
In the video “Humanform Letterform with Sumner Stone”, a part of the “Herb Lubalin Lecture Series”, the American designer explains how letters are made of and for the human body. He examines the many ways in which letterforms and the body interact and how we use our hands, eyes and mind to form letters.

You can watch the designer’s interesting lecture here.

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Eric Gill series: the new font families, Gill Sans Nova, Joanna Nova and Joanna Sans Nova

The Eric Gill series offers a portfolio of coordinated fonts that are also suited to large, international projects in print and on the Web. All the fonts are modern, revised interpretations of the original designs by renowned font designer Eric Gill.
Gill Sans Nova, for example, is based on Gill Sans®, which was designed from 1928 to 1932. Designer George Ryan expanded the humanist sans serif with several new characters and weights so that the typeface now includes nine weights. Each weight has a matching italic, apart from the two boldest styles. Ryan also optimized Gill Sans Nova for digital publication, added complementary Condensed styles, and designed various ornamental versions that round out the options. This brings the comprehensive Gill Sans Nova to a total of 43 styles.
Two other fonts of interest came about parallel to Gill Sans Nova; these were not based on Gill Sans, however, but the historic slab serif Joanna® from 1937.
Designer Ben Jones was inspired by this font and designed Joanna Nova, a modern interpretation with significant slab serifs. Particularly noteworthy are the unconventional Italic styles, which are inclined by only 3°; despite the typical, rounded italic shape, they stand nearly upright. The Joanna Nova is available in nine finely graded weights, from Thin to Ultra Black, each with a matching italic.
Designer Terrance Weinzierl created a sister font to Joanna Nova, the Joanna Sans Nova. It is also based on the book font Joanna. In this case, Weinzerl not only removed the serifs, but thoroughly revised the letter forms and reduced the contrast in stroke weights. The italics appear slightly calligraphic; they are at a steeper incline and have more rounded shapes. Joanna Sans Nova is available in eight weights, from Thin to Black, each with complementary italic versions.
The language support for all three families not only includes Western and Central European languages, but also Greek and Cyrillic.

Whether for the Web or in print, you can find more information about the perfectly coordinated font families of the Eric Gill series here.

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Video tip: Joseph Alessio – Stencil Type

In the lecture “Stencil Type: Fusing Form and Function”, which runs just under fifteen minutes, designer Joseph Alessio explains the application and the advent of stencil fonts, in the past and in the present day. The lecture took place last year at the TypeCon and is exactly what you need, if you are interested in a wide variety of stencil fonts.

Find the complete lecture by Joseph Alessio in video format here.

If you are interested in stencil fonts, you can find an interesting selection of modern and
classic designs here.

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