Interesting article on Gill Sans in the
Forum magazine

In the September issue of Forum – Journal of Letter Exchange, Dan Rhatigan explores the emergence of the popular Gill Sans. The Monotype Type Director has rummaged in the British archives and highlights the most interesting finds of the font designed in 1928 by Eric Gill.

The article has original drawings and photographs along with exclusive insight and information about the origin and development of Gill Sans. What requirements was Gill Sans intended to meet? Did the font have enough alternate characters and variations, what languages were meant to be covered?

Particularly interesting is the development of the analog variants up to today’s digital version – which styles made it to the digital format, which were changed and which were discarded altogether?

Overall, the article provides exciting and comprehensive insight into the development of Gill Sans, but also the development process of a typeface design in general.

See the article on the popular Gill Sans in detail here.

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The new Mantika book by Jürgen Weltin
expands the Mantika super family

The Mantika super family expanded once it introduced a third family member, the Mantika Book, so that existing families of Mantika Sans and Mantika Informal will be supplemented with an Antiqua.

Like the existing families, the Mantika Book is oriented to the Renaissance Antiqua, but the contrast in the stroke strength is more pronounced than is normally the case in this genre.

The serifs are typically asymmetrical, with sloped ends. The lightly grooved stems with a hint of a curve into the common space as well as dots that resembling feather script gives the Mantika Book a dynamic and friendly character. As with Mantika Sans and Mantika Informal, the letters of Mantika Book also show the same x-height, but they are furnished with slightly longer ascenders and descenders.

The name is Program: the Mantika Book is specifically suited to a book typeface and is available in the two stroke strengths, regular and bold, along with the respective Italic cuts. Furthermore, it has an exhaustive set of numbers and symbols. In addition to this third typeface, Mantika family has also extended its area of application, in order that you now have the opportunity to combine the font families optimally and variedly with one another.

Other information and graphic visual aids for the Mantika Book can be found in a contribution on

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Test fonts before buying with the Fontsampler

At, you can test if a selected font meets your requirements for design and options with the Fontsampler. The Fontsampler allows you to access detailed information for each style, as well as try out and test them.

To use the Fontsampler: The “Character Map” tab gives you an overview of all characters available in a font. “Technical Details” provides information on the file format, as well as the font name displayed in different systems.

The first tab “Sample Text” is the most exciting part of Fontsampler, since it offers two types of presentation: waterfall and continuous text.

The waterfall mode includes a single line of text that is displayed in different sizes, one underneath the other. This provides you with an overview of the uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers and allows you to clearly and quickly evaluate the font and its shapes. In addition, you can select a sample text or enter your own text to be displayed.

In the continuous text mode, you can choose from various sample texts or enter your own text. This text is then displayed on multiple lines in the font size selected in the pop-up menu.

Also, you have the possibility to set a text and background color in both modes using the swatches on the left. All of these settings and specifications are conveniently stored for you, so you can change the font or style easily.

You’ll find the Fontsampler on the detail page, directly below the specifications of language/format, font family and licenses.


The new DIN Next Slab: Now even more design possibilities with the popular DIN Next

DIN Next is known for its subtle, technical and neutral character. Now Linotype has expanded the family with DIN Next Slab, lending the family of fonts even more creative leeway.

Originally designed by engineers at the beginning of the 20th century, the DIN typeface was first used for labels on locomotives, and later in train stations. Eventually the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) adopted it as a standard. You can still see the font on many German road signs, such as on highways, for example.

DIN Next came out in 2009 under the direction of Akira Kobayashi. The font was intended as an expansion suitable for use in graphic applications. Since then there have been seven weights of DIN Next with italic styles, small caps and medieval characters.

Now DIN Next Slab has been added. It was also created under the direction of Akira Kobayashi, in collaboration with the designers Sandra Winter and Tom Grace. The new DIN Next Slab also has seven weights with matching italics and various number sets. The geometric shapes of the slab serifs highlight the technical character of DIN Next Slab, which in turn underlines the central design element of DIN Next.

With identical basic letter shapes and the same weights, family members DIN Next and DIN Next Slab complement each other particularly well. In combination with each other, they create such a diverse, yet recognizable character in headlines and in continuous text.

Until December 15, the complete DIN Next Slab family is offered at an introductory price of only 99 USD/EUR – here you can download the Family Pack.

More detailed information and extensive image material for the new DIN Next Slab is available at

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Typography on the wrist: Helvetica on a watch

Max Miedinger’s font classic Helvetica remains one of the most popular fonts and is used in countless projects all over the world. Now, Zürich watchmaker Mondaine is taking part in the popularity.

Known for the production of the Zürich train station clock, Mondaine has introduced a new wristwatch to the market that is particularly interesting for typography fans, who can now adorn their wrists with Helvetica.

In cooperation with the author, publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the architecture magazine Hochparterre, Köbi Gantenbein, Mondaine developed a new watch concept that is meant to embody and pay homage to Swiss design.

So, the dial of the watch is designed completely in Helvetica.

The position of the lettering “Mondaine Helvetica Swiss Made”, which is left-aligned in the vertical central axis is particularly striking. The icing on the cake is the letter 1 on the transition from the dial to the wristband – written in Helvetica, of course – which brings the topic of typography back into focus.

And, as with fonts, the Helvetica watch is available in different styles – Light, Regular and Bold.

An article from the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” provides more detailed information.

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Web fonts tutorial on language and
character selection

Many web fonts originated as simple print fonts. Linguistically, often they are not as well equipped as large system fonts. In order that all characters are displayed correctly and there are no nasty surprises, before you buy a font you should check that it covers all the necessary languages and find out characters it is equipped with. This is important to keep in mind, particularly with regard to unpredictable and uncontrollable web content, such as user comments.

Check out the tutorial at to learn about the most important codes and what to look for in web fonts.

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The Neue Haas Unica from Toshi Omagari
now available in an Ultra Light style

With the Neue Haas Unica, Toshi Omagari has brought the past into the present. The designer, already well-known for Metro Nova, his successful redesign of the famous Metro, has worked on print fonts from the 1980s and became very interested in Haas Unica – a revision of Helvetica developed in 1980.

At the end of the 1970s, the Haas’sche Schriftgießerei commissioned a comparison of Max Miedinger’s Helvetica with other popular sans serif fonts. The result of this comparison was a number of adaptations. Haas Unica was the ultimate result. The name was formed from the popular predecessors, Helvetica and Univers.

Omagari was fascinated with the composition of Haas Unica and digitalized and expanded it.
He intensified the letter-spacing and made the letters a little narrower on the whole.
Now, the Neue Haas Unica Ultra Light, the first style, is available. Neue Haas Unica was designed in a total of ten weights, and will be available in Ultra Thin to Extra Black.

Find out more information and see design material for Neue Haas Unica here.

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Designer Sarah Lazarevic’s favorite fonts
and the Rameau family for 39 Euros

The French typographer and designer Sarah Lazarevic lives and works in France. She works for large clients such as the French Post Office, teaches graphic art and typography in Paris, and works on copper engravings in her spare time.

She now presents exclusively for her favorite fonts, the ones that please and excite her, even though her initial response was, ”It’s not an easy question to answer: which are your favorite fonts? There are those we admire for the quality of their design, those we like because they have a natural or calligraphic touch, the historical typefaces, which form part of our heritage, and the typefaces which enable us to reminisce …”.

Nevertheless, Sarah Lazarevic describes why SyntaxVirgileURW Firmin DidotMedici ScriptNeuland and the fonts of Roger Excoffon are her favorites and what distinguishes them individually.

One of the most famous fonts, however, comes from the typographer and designer herself: the classical Antiqua Rameau. Rameau exudes the typical French elegance of the 18th century, because it originates in the template of an engraved score.

As a companion to Sarah Lazarevic’s favorite fonts you can purchase the complete Rameau family for only 39 Euros for one week, up until 30/10/2014. Save 312 Euros or 88% off the normal price for all six styles and each matching italic in OpenType Pro format.

Find out more about the favorite fonts of Sarah Lazarevic here.
You can download the Rameau family for only 39 Euros here.

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Fonts Designed by the Homeless:
Homelessfonts Initiative Now Available on

The Spanish Arrels Foundation has launched a project called Homelessfonts. In the project, homeless people in Barcelona designed five fonts that are now available internationally. The organization aims to raise awareness of the lives of the homeless and to offer some dignity and respect to these people in need. The fonts are intended in particular for brands and agencies that work in advertising, news distribution or social media.

To lend the project your support, you can purchase the five fonts on now. You get the fonts for only 24.50 Euros instead of the normal price of 49 Euros. All proceeds will go to the Arrels Foundation, which aids and supports some 1,400 homeless in Barcelona. On the website you can view biographies and interesting videos on the participants and their work on the project. Since the fonts have no punctuation characters or accents, they are particularly suited to large ads and headlines.

The project was announced at this year’s 58th ATypI in Barcelona, which took place September 17th-21st. The picutre below shows the Director of Arrels Foundation, one of the font artists and Bill Davis, Global Font Product Manager at Monotype.

Click here to access the selected fonts on

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Gold for Bree Serif at the
European Design Awards 2014

On May 24th Bree Serif won gold in the category 27. Original Typeface in the highest rank at the 2014 European Design Awards. Every year, the ED Awards select the best graphic designs, digital designs and illustrations from the previous year in 35 categories.

Bree Serif is the serif counterpart to Bree, published in 2008. That font was also nominated at the ED Awards in 2009, and won bronze and numerous other prizes. Both fonts are inspired by cursive handwriting and were developed collaboratively by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione.

It is obvious that this year’s gold winner Bree Serif is a family member of Bree. It combines a modern appearance with elegance, which makes the font suitable for many applications. The font is available in a total of 12 styles, from Thin to Regular to Extra Bold.

See for yourself. Get the styles of Bree Serif here.

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