New at Linotype.com: the lively script font Romany

Thanks to its many curves and loops, the new script font Romany appears particularly lively, ornamental and somewhat playful. The font from Terrance Weinzierl makes a friendly impression. It has its origins in the historical font from Alfred R. Bosco from the 1930s.

The earlier font version, however, fell into obscurity. Thanks to Weinzierl, the font lives again in a modern, small family with four styles, Regular and Bold with matching and significantly inclined italics. Great potential areas of application include greeting and invitation cards, product packaging and international posters.

Find out more interesting details about the dynamic Romany here.

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Classic Grotesque: three new widths and 42 additional fonts

Up to this point, Rod McDonald’s Classic Grotesque has been available on Linotype.com in 14 basic styles. Now the font has been expanded with three widths to 56 styles. The neutral and friendly font family was originally a modern extension of the historic Monotype Grotesque. Now the font is also available in Condensed, Compressed and Expanded widths.

Classic Grotesque Condensed has had its width reduced a little. The font is still great in high-volume typesetting, however. Classic Grotesque Compressed is extremely narrow and high, to the extent that the font best shows off its strengths in the larger font sizes. Classic Grotesque Extended, on the other hand, has an increased width, which makes for a sense of generosity.

In total, nine styles are available with seven weights, each with a true italic. Thanks to this massive new expansion, the Classic Grotesque family is now suited to a countless number of projects and applications. The friendly all-rounder works well in headlines, body text, logos or signalization systems.

Find out more interesting details on the new widths of the Classic Grotesque.

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Book tip: “Tschicholds Faszikel: Unbekanntes von und zu Jan Tschichold”

Eighty-two pages in length, the book “Tschicholds Faszikel: Unbekanntes von und zu Jan Tschichold” (“Tschichold’s Fascicle: Unknown from and on Jan Tschichold”) contains collected print materials that belonged to German typographer Jan Tschichold. It was published last year by Jost Hochuli.
The lovingly designed booklet exhibits Tschichold’s fascicle, which the Tschichold family donated to the St. Gallen Center for the Book in the Vadiana Canton Library. The bundle contains materials like newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, font samples, letters and much more, which Tschichold collected for decades.

Jost Hochuli’s book not only presents the individual finds, but describes the content of each fascicle (bundle) in detail and explains their meaning and context.

“Tschicholds Faszikel” appeared in early 2015 from the Edition Ostschweiz publishing house – you can pick up your copy directly there.

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Complete Foundry Gridnik family for only 199 USD/EUR*

The drafts for the font Foundry Gridnik were originally designed by the Dutch designer Wim Crouwel. Font designer David Quay revised and expanded the design and now Foundry Gridnik is available on special offer on Linotype.com. For one week, you can get the grid-based font for only 199 USD/EUR* and save 300 USD/EUR or 60% compared to the normal price. Foundry Gridnik is available in a total of ten styles and has a modern, stencil-like character. It is particularly well suited to logos and headlines.

Don’t hesitate, get the one week introductory offer here.

* Gross price 236.81 USD/EUR with VAT.
The offer is not valid for holders of accounts that already receive fixed-price discounts.

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24 hour special: Agmena family for only 99 USD/EUR*

You can now get the complete Agmena font family by well-known designer Jovica Veljović for only 99 USD/EUR* on Linotype.com. This saves you 380 USD/EUR or 80% compared to the normal price.
The offer includes eight styles, from Book to Bold, each with a matching italic, in OpenType Pro format.

Don’t miss our offer – available for 24 hours only. Get the perfect book font for your next project.

* Gross price 117.81 USD/EUR with VAT.
The offer is not valid for holders of accounts that already receive fixed-price discounts.

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The Berlin Conference “Transformations in Letterpress Printing”

To what extent has printing developed and transformed historically? What practices and aesthetics of printing techniques have influenced the design practice in analogue and digital applications?
Speakers from academia and typography will address these and other questions at the Humboldt University in Berlin on June 9 and 10. Guests include Fred Smeijers, Nelly Gable, Erik Spiekermann and many other interesting personalities. The conference was launched in the project “Matter of Typography” in cooperation with the Offizin Haag-Drugulin printing office and the Verein für die Schwarze Kunst (Association for the Black Art).

Get more information about the event here.

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Book: “Printed matter, mainly books”
by Jost Hochuli

Swiss graphic artist and book designer Jost Hochuli is known primarily for his book designs. His book “Printed matter, mainly books” is a documentation of this work, but also includes his commercial art and fonts, which he carved into wood and linoleum. In this book, his works manage to achieve a synthesis between tradition and modernity. In combination with theoretical texts, “Printed matter, mainly books” shows this balancing act and provides a wonderful overview of Hochuli’s work.

The book by Jost Hochuli is available here at the Swiss Niggli Verlag.

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Originally a study project: the monolinear slab serif FF Ernestine

Font designer Nina Stössinger initially developed the monolinear slab serif FF Ernestine® as a study project. Lebanese designer Hrant Papazian helped her with the design of the Armenian font system while she worked on the development of the italic styles.

Though FF Ernestine resembles a typewriter font, closer inspection reveals the individual and lively details – swerves in the line design here and there and drop-shaped line ends on some letters. In this way, the slab serif combines impressions of seriousness, charm, robustness and light playfulness.

The font includes three weights with matching italics. The pro version even has the characters for the Armenian font system and can be easily used for longer texts as well as headlines and logos. FF Ernestine is very versatile, thanks to the numerous ligatures, alternative characters, number sets and small caps in two sizes. The American magazine for visual communications “Communication Arts” recognized this and presented Nina Stössinger with a design award for her slab serif.

You can get further details on FF Ernestine here.

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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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