The calligraphic Meroe font from Peter Becker:
a quite special individual character

Initially intended for the logo of a product name, Meroe was finally expanded by Peter Becker to create a complete typeface. With its calligraphic character, it lends a very personal feel, especially through the open forms within the lines. This is due to the use of a dried-out calligraphy pen with which Peter Becker made rapid movements on coarse-grained paper. That’s why Meroe seems particularly dynamic and can also be used for smaller point sizes. Whether for invitations, greetings cards or letters – Meroe always adds a vibrant character.

Further information about the font and its designer can be found at
There you can read an article about Meroe with sample applications and an interview with Peter Becker.

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Aviano offers variations on the theme of Copperplate Gothic

You will see the eye-catching Copperplate Gothic fonts in use everywhere – they are a particularly popular choice when it comes to setting poster texts. However, on the whole, they all look very much alike. It is for this reason that Jeremy Dooley decided to create Aviano: this font group consisting of seven families plays with the theme of Copperplate Gothic to generate a wide range of variety and innovation, providing for new design opportunities. Some of the families have been extensively developed and include numerous alternative glyphs.

Go to for more information on Copperplate Gothic fonts and to view some inspiring examples of the various Aviano families in use.

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Design icon Avant Garde now with pan-European character sets

Pan-European W1G character sets of the ten weights of the regular version of Avant Garde were made available at the beginning of this year. Greek and Cyrillic characters have been supplied for all weights, so that each now consists of more than 600 glyphs and can be used to set texts in at least 89 different languages. Similar non-Roman alternatives have been created for each Roman character wherever possible, while some of the special ligatures have been transformed. Thanks to this update, designers working with Greek or Cyrillic texts can now exploit the creative range of Avant Garde to the full. Multinational organisations can use it as their corporate font and adapt their individual designs based on this for use in an even greater variety of languages.

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Interview with designer Kimya Gandhi

The Indian designer Kimya Gandhi collaborated with the Linotype Design Studio to modify DIN Next for the Indian writing system Devanagari. In an interview with Linotype, she spoke of her personal views on typography and of more general aspects and also of the specific challenges she faced in designing the Devanagari variants for DIN Next.

Read the full interview at and find more informationen on DIN Next Devanagari, as well as an overview of Indian writing systems and of Devanagari.

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Greek ligatures and Serbian Cyrillic:
Jovica Veljović’s Agmena

Agmena Title

Working with a typeface designed by Jovica Veljović is not without its challenges as the multivarious stylistic alternatives, the context-specific ligatures, swash letters and linguistic idiosyncrasies need to be made conformable to the appropriate OpenType features. You’ll find hints on the potential range of applications of Agmena elsewhere at and the blog. In this article, we look more closely at the numerous small extras that this typeface offers. (more…)

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All digitalised typeface characters in the world
in 2 hours and 31 minutes: the Unicode film

Professor Johannes Bergerhausen has not only written a book on all digital typefaces used around the world that has won seven awards but, with all true typography fans in mind, he has also created a film version. Go to and view absolutely every digitalised typeface character that has been employed anywhere in the world in exactly 2 hours and 31 minutes. A really unique and unmissable experience!


Linotype: The Film – now available on DVD and Blu-ray

Director Doug Wilson travelled the world for two years collecting material on the Linotype typesetting machine. The result is a 76-minute documentary on a device that Thomas Edison called “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and which revolutionised both the printing industry and society as a whole. The film not only looks at the history of the typesetting machine, but also tells the poignant and heartwarming stories of the people who worked with it.
A must-see nostalgic look back at the era when lead type was still used.


Say Cheese: Linotype’s contribution to the 30th anniversary of the smiley

The smiley emoticon, which has become such an integral part of written internet communication, turns 30 this year. It is assumed that it was originally created by Professor Scott E. Fahlman as a way of expressing humour through the internet. Now available from, just in time for the anniversary, is Say Cheese by Andy Benedek and Alan Blackman. This typeface consists almost exclusively of happy, smiling characters that will infuse sunshine into any text!

Click here for more information on Say Cheese.

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Webfontday 2012 on November 10th in Munich – Linotype takes part

Stop by to see us on Webfontday 2012 in Munich – we’re there for you the whole day and look forward to all your questions on the theme of Webfonts!

Detailed information on this event can be found under

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Tip for typography fans:
Berlin’s ‘Buchstabenmuseum’

Located on the first floor of the Carée shopping mall on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz is the unique ‘Buchstabenmuseum’ – Berlin’s Museum of Letters. It houses a constantly growing collection of letters and characters in various sizes and materials from a whole range of different design epochs. Currently on display are mainly exhibits originating from Berlin and the surrounding area, but the museum is also interested in acquiring items from elsewhere. In addition to displaying its collection, the museum also provides guided tours and workshops and mounts special exhibitions.

Click here for more information.