Detailed online brochure for the new
Mengelt Basel Antiqua available on Linotype.com

The Swiss designer Christian Mengelt has created a new 24-page online brochure for his new publication, Mengelt Basel Antiqua.

It offers detailed information on the history of the font Basel Antiqua, which was historically significant in the 15th and 16th century for book design. The designer focused his research on this typeface and studied the original printed matter at different printing units in Basel.

The online brochure describes, by way of example, the process of transformation from the original font to the current Mengelt Basel Antiqua. Thus the font further developed by Christian Mengelt in no way represents a mere replica of the original, but rather assumes a new type design – exhibiting features of the historical prototype that are emblematic for the type, but also imbued with the technical features of
a modern text-based font.

The brochure is in German and English and offers not just basic historical information on
Mengelt Basel Antiqua, but also provides sketches and sample applications.

You can access the brochure directly on Linotype.com.

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Zapfino Arabic: The latest font by
designer Nadine Chahine

Working in collaboration with maestro Prof. Hermann Zapf, the designer Dr. Nadine Chahine has extended the Zapfino family produced in 1998 and has composed its Arabic counterpart – Zapfino Arabic. This represents the third product of cooperation between the two typographers following Palatino Arabic and Palatino Sans Arabic.

Work on Zapfino Arabic began in summer 2012 and the latest font by Nadine Chahine has now just been released through Linotype.com. The activities during the many months of meetings and joint endeavor involved in the development process were described and shared through the online social networks. There were regular reports on the progress of the project and on the latest developments while readers were asked to provide feedback and comments.

The outcome of all this effort, Zapfino Arabic, enriches the tradition of Arabic script, combining as it does the writing styles Naskh and Nastaaliq in a backwards slanting, calligraphic-like Arabic typeface. Particularly characteristic of Zapfino Arabic are its delicate, flowing outlines. This elegant and calligraphic typeface is ideal for creating logos, greeting cards, short headlines and text passages.

Click here for more information on the background to and the features of the new Zapfino Arabic.

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ITC New Veljovic – the optimized and extended version of the classic font ITC Veljovic

It is now 30 years ago that the font designer Jovica Veljović first released his typeface ITC Veljovic – he has now reworked his design and produced an optimized, extended version: ITC New Veljovic.

Thanks to its improved typographic support and subtle modification of proportions, ITC New Veljovic with its coordinated effects is now even more versatile than before.

The complex augmentation process included the supplementation of the existing four styles with a Regular weight while corresponding genuine italic variants have been added for each of these. In addition, it has been ensured that the font supports most Western and Eastern European languages and it now includes lining and oldstyle figures, small caps and ligatures. The new Display styles have been optimized for use in large point sizes. The updated ITC New Veljovic is not only suitable for use in printed contexts; in its web font form it provides for clear, perfectly legible text on monitor screens.

Click here for more detailed information on the updated ITC New Veljovic.

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The life of the designer Roy Cole –
a detailed portrait at Linotype.com

Currently available at Linotype.com is an extensive portrait in English of the British designer Roy Cole, who was born in 1932. Cole began his career as a compositor, subsequently studying typographic design at the General Vocational College in Basel under Emil Ruder. The styles of this period and the then trends in Swiss typography had a significant and enduring impact on Cole’s development as a designer. Concepts such as order, simplicity and legibility determined the “modern” approach to design in this period and thus also became Cole’s guiding principles. Their influence on him is clearly apparent in many of the reproductions of his designs.

After graduating from college, Cole was first employed as a graphic designer by various agencies in the UK and Switzerland until he founded his own studio in 1981 and his own font label “Roy Cole Typography” in 2003; his designs continued to exhibit a marked relationship with the aspects of Swiss typography. It is undeniable that the influences he absorbed during his student years continued to be evident even in the final works he created before his death in 2012.

Click here to find out more about the life of Roy Cole and to read a detailed biography of this designer.

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The favorite fonts of the Danish designer
Anders Francker and Francker selections
for just 39 USD/EUR* each

Although he originally trained to become an engineer, Anders Francker currently also works as a font designer. He now reveals on Linotype.com which six typefaces he most admires.

Born in 1972 in Denmark, Francker initially worked as an engineer, during which time he became familiar with technical blueprints. Even outside the professional sphere he continued to practice painting and drawing, thus gaining increasing experience in design over the years.

He is convinced that “architects, engineers and others like them who are used to working with drawings can contribute many innovative and interesting ideas to font design because they can see things from a new perspective” – even if they haven’t attended a design college.

And with this in mind, he released his own square sans Francker through Monotype in 2010.

With its forms reduced to the essentials and curves, the Francker font has the superellipse as its underlying design element. It has a soft quality with an industrial feel. Its features can be best appreciated on signs and in the form of logos.

Our special offer lasts one week, ending on February 26, 2015, and in this period you have the opportunity to acquire two selections of the Francker family in OpenType Pro, each with six styles for just 39 USD/EUR* per selection. This represents 90% off the normal purchase price.

On being asked what six fonts he considers to be his favorites, the designer decided to put the following question to himself: “If I could have only six font families installed on my computer (in addition to my own Francker family, of course), and I was restricted to using these for everything that I write in the future, from headlines to body text, which ones would they be?”

After concluding that he wanted two sans serifs with a traditional and two with a more modern effect together with two serif fonts, he made the following selection: Neue HelveticaUnivers NextEurostile NextAgency FBTimes New Roman and Palatino Nova.

Click here for more details on the favorite fonts of the designer Anders Francker and to find out why he chose them!

And you can click here to download the Francker Selections for just 39 USD/EUR* each.

* Gross price 46,41 USD/EUR including German sales tax.
The offer does not apply to holders of user accounts, who already receive a fixed price reduction.

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Vialog adorns Japanese highway signs

Vialog, published in 2002 by Professor Werner Schneider and Helmut Ness, adorns many public systems, including the Munich public transportation system or the Spanish railway. Now it is also used for the English labeling of all Japanese highway signs.

This was made possible through the collaboration of renowned Japanese information designer Keiichi Koyama and Monotype Germany’s Japanese Type Director Akira Kobayashi. Yet another application in the worldwide guidance and orientation system.

Vialog originated in 1988 from a transportation font designed by Professor Werner Schneider, the so-called “Euro Type”. Schneider designed it for the Federal Ministry of Transport in Bonn. The typeface resulted from extensive research on the optimization and standardization of European transportation fonts and was meant to achieve the perfect legibility for the transport sector.

Vialog, designed 14 years later, was the eventual successor to Euro Type. Schneider and Helmut Ness created a space saving typeface predestined as a transportation and information font that also meets the varied requirements of the corporate world.

At first glance Vialog often seems technical and structured, but it is distinguished by a robust character with aesthetic, carefully designed forms and technical details. All in all, it is equipped with eight styles, from light to bold with the corresponding italics. Moreover, thanks to the corresponding Vialog Signs, which consists of numerous symbols and arrows, it is a quantitatively and qualitatively premium and all-around applicable font.

Find more detailed information of Vialog here.

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The agony of choice: the search filter on Linotype.com helps you find the right font

Considering the number of fonts available, it isn’t always easy to find the right one. Linotype.com wants to make the search for the font that meets your expectations easier.

The search filter on Linotype.com can help. You’ll find it in the header section of the website – simply click on it or enter a search term. On the next page, you can further restrict your search and choose more selection criteria in the left navigation pane. Am I looking for a font with or without serifs? Do I need a handwritten script or a calligraphic font? The selection criteria enable you to answer these questions and much more. Make your search even easier by adding more specific criteria, including the file format, supported languages, or typographic characters. The right pane of the page automatically updates and displays the current search results.

If you are looking for a font for a particular topic, a special occasion or for a specific application, you’ll find help here, as well. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, technical projects, or simply cool designs, the search filter can definitely help you out.

The search for the right font has never been so easy, not to mention the chance of finding something new and bold.

Try out the search filter and be inspired by new fonts!

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SkyFonts: the quick and easy way to try out
new desktop fonts

The new SkyFonts service allows you to rapidly and effortlessly experiment with new fonts on your PC or Mac. Simply select the desktop fonts you want to try out. These will then be installed on your system, where they will be available for use for up to five minutes. You can sync them on up to five of your workstations. When the time period is up, the fonts will be automatically removed from your system.

The use of SkyFonts is simplicity itself while registration and the necessary client software are provided free of charge – all you need is a user account with Linotype.com.

Why not give SkyFonts a try right away and experiment with many of our fonts?

Click here for more information on the new service and its use.

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The last font design by Roy Cole:
the elegant, rhythmic Coleface

Shortly before his death in 2012, the Briton Roy Cole created an elegant, rhythmic and readily legible sans serif – Coleface. It is characterized by its striking and clearly defined letter forms that provide Coleface with a neutral and thus flexible quality, making it suitable for use in a wide range of project and application contexts.

Cole studied under Emil Ruder, the eminent Swiss designer and typographer, at Basel’s General Vocational College (Allgemeine Gewerbeschule) in the early 1960s, at a time at which typography was making history. Concepts such as order, simplicity, clarity and legibility fundamentally determined the design approaches in this period, establishing a new form of modernity that went on to capture the imagination of the whole world. As a result, many of the designs created in this decade have a high level of recognizability. Cole was extensively animated and influenced by these factors when designing so that his work and designs follow the corresponding creative guidelines, and here Coleface is no exception.

It combines elements of the artificial grotesques and the Renaissance antiqua, resulting in a very characteristic tension within the forms of the glyphs. Slight contrasts in line weight and occasionally beveled terminals give the font a dynamic feel.

Coleface is available in the three weights Light, Medium and Bold, each accompanied by the corresponding italic.

Visit Linotype.com for more information on Coleface and to see examples of the font in use.

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The eight most popular new typefaces of 2014
and three selected special offers

Now the New Year is already in full swing, it is time to take a look back at the favorite fonts of 2014. Allow yourself to be inspired by the eight most popular new typefaces of 2014 at Linotype.com. These include the font families DIN Next SlabQuire SansQuitadorMagma IIBurlingameMengelt Basel Antiqua,
Bradley Texting and Mantika Book.

You also have the opportunity to acquire last year’s three bestselling fonts at a saving of 142 USD/EUR or 64% of the normal price. Our Top 2014 Selection Packs containing five styles of either DIN Next Slab, Quire Sans or Quitador are each available at a price of just 79 USD/EUR for one week (offer valid to January 29, 2015).

Click here for more details on last year’s eight most popular new fonts and our Top 2014 Selection Packs.

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