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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An Early Love for Typography – Interview with Designer Stefan Claudius

The German designer and typographer Stefan Claudius discovered his love for typography at a very early age. According to the 43-year old, he “designed letters in the boxes of school notebooks.”
Over the years and thanks to his studies in Wuppertal and Essen, he was able to develop this love into a passion and, eventually, a career.

In 2002 he founded Cape Arcona Type Foundry along with Thomas Schostok, and now runs the Büro Sichtvermerk along with Kathrin Roussel. He has also taught Typography and Font Design at various universities since 2007.

For him, the design of fonts is always “an act of research, a reconnaissance of that which can happen – in a certain sense, designing a font is like setting up an experiment.” In this way, insight into the development of his font Yalta Sans is particularly exciting: the path to the final design of this font took eight years. In the interview, the designer provides insight into the long development period, the challenges he had to face and how he was able to pull something positive out of it in the end. “I think the positive aspect is that I matured along with the font.”

Read the complete interview with Stefan Claudius on

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Use of the correct punctuation marks on websites

On, you will find interesting information on the correct mode of using the punctuation marks. In regard to the web fonts, typographic rules are still being developed on the net.
Please read about the special attention to be given to distinct signs in HTML texts as well as the
quotation marks and the often-misused dash.

Here you can access all there is to find on the correct usage of punctuation marks on webpages.

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Fonts by Inspiration: Stencil Fonts

Recently we introduced popular and interesting stencil fonts in our series “Fonts by Inspiration”.
These fonts are based on paint or spray paint stencils, which are often used in an industrial context where it is necessary to apply short markings, quickly.
The strips between the letters are characteristic of stencil fonts; in digital typefaces, these strips have become distinct style elements. They appear technical and functional and are particularly suited to headlines and display fonts.

Take a closer look at our selected stencil fonts in the categories Modern, Techno and Classic here.

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New: Interview with Designer Ben Jones
about Joanna Nova

British designer Ben Jones recently designed the new font Joanna® Nova. Jones works primarily as a font engineer at Monotype. He has been interested in art, design and the visual world from an early age. Over the years, this fascination drove him to type design.
“There was plenty of material on the development of Joanna in the Monotype archives,” the designer said on his research on Joanna, the model for his own typeface, Joanna Nova. Joanna® was originally published in 1937. Jones expanded the character set and designed new weights.
In his interview with, Jones not only provides further details on the development of Joanna Nova, but also describes his collaboration with Terrance Weinzierl, who was designing Joanna® Sans Nova at the same time.

Learn more and read the interview with Ben Jones here.

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