Robert Slimbach: Introducing Ten Oldstyle
Adobe Typekit Blog
Robert Slimbach: “As type usage becomes increasingly globalized, type designers are increasingly called upon to extend the language coverage of their typefaces.
As a Western type designer, I’m often challenged to design non-Latin extensions for both new and existing designs. Because Latin has always been my initial focus, I’m used to adapting non-Latin scripts to work within Western typographic standards. In doing so, I seek to balance script compatibility with script authenticity. With the Ten Oldstyle project, the tables had turned, and I was now being called upon to develop a Latin roman design to accompany the new Ten Mincho font that was being developed by Adobe …”
Welcome IBM Plex, Farewell Helvetica
Local Fonts News
IBM launched in beta its new bespoke typeface IBM Plex and thus said farewell to Helvetic.
“When I came to IBM, explains Mike Abbink (the typeface’s designer and IBM’s executive creative director of brand experience and design), it was a big discussion: Why does IBM not have a bespoke typeface? Why are we still clinging on to Helvetica? The way we speak to people and the conversations we need to have and we’d like to have, is that still the right way to express ourselves? We should really design a typeface that really reflects our belief system and make it relevant to people now. Helvetica is a child of a particular sect of modernist thinking that’s gone today.”
So, Mike Abbink and his team made it. The new IBM bespoke font family is IBM Plex. And it is free. Really! Free to download, free to use. Free under SIL Open Font License. Go to Github and you will realize that this is true.
The new visual history of IBM that starts with IBM Plex is open minded to people.
“If shoe stores or coffee shops or small businesses are using it for their identity, awesome,” Abbink says in the video. “They’re agreeing they want to be part of a discussion around machines and how they’re going to evolve and progress our world.”
See also: Carbon Design System
Ilya Ruderman for Yandex Sans and Serif
Ilya Ruderman tells about the creation of a Yandex Sans and Yandex Serif fonts (the video is in Russian).
Aleksandr Andreev, Github
Svobodny is a new implementation of GNU FreeFont. The purpose of this project is to provide a font that “looks” like Times New Roman, but contains all of the necessary characters and font features for typesetting Church Slavonic, as well as Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Syriac, and other scripts used by researchers in Byzantine Studies, theology, liturgics, philology, and related fields. This is because many publishers require texts to be set in “Times New Roman”. Based on GNU FreeFont, which provides a useful set of free scalable (i.e., OpenType) fonts covering as much as possible of the ISO 10646/Unicode UCS (Universal Character Set), Svobodny font extends upon GNU FreeFont by providing a number of additional features not available in GNU FreeFont:
- Full compatibility with Adobe Glyph List
- Support of proper glyph composition / decomposition and positioning needed for Church Slavonic support
- Support of the Ponomar Project Private Use Area policy
Pacifico now has Cyrillic Script
Aloha! Pacifico is an original and fun brush script handwriting font by Vernon Adams which was inspired by the 1950s American surf culture in 2011. It was redrawn by Jacques Le Bailly at Baron von Fonthausen in 2016. It was expanded to Cyrillic by Botjo Nikoltchev and Ani Petrova at Lettersoup in 2017.
Bw Modelica goes pan-European
Please welcome the upgraded Bw Modelica LGC, which stands for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Initially released supporting all Latin European languages, we just expanded the character set to cover Greek and Cyrillic scripts (including Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian letterform model). The Bw Modelica font family is available in different subsets so you don’t have to license for characters you are never going to use. It also has a dedicated microsite where you can test all the different character sets available in one place. Designed by Alberto Romanos, Bw Modelica is a minimal, robust, reliable & pragmatic geometric sans. Its clean shapes and generous x-height makes it a very competent typeface for both, display and body copy purposes.
Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander
Review the Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander at British Library.
Variation-specific font-family names in IE 6-8
Adobe Typekit Blog
Sean McBridge announced on Adobe Typekit Blog an improvement in support for older versions of Internet Explorer. The new published kits now serves additional variation-specific font-family names to IE 6-8. This makes it possible to work around bugs in these browsers that are triggered when multiple weights and styles of a single font family are used in the same kit, explain Sean McBridge. Most importantly, these additional font-family names make it possible to use more than four weights and styles of a single font family in IE 6-8.
Local Fonts News
Thom Janssen introduced on Github the GlyphMorf. GlyphMorf is an experimental way for making parametric adjustments for a font, in RoboFont. Downloading GlyphMorf Extension is free. Using GlyphMorf in a professional environment is not.
GlyphMorf analyses the glyph drawing and extract parameters out of it. By redrawing the glyph with different parameters you get different new glyphs / fonts. The drawing should be so that every point on the contour can be paired with an other point in the same contour on the other side of the stem/stroke. This means that all contours must have an even number of points. The starting point marks the beginning of the inner or outer part of the contour, depends a bit on the design. See image, the selected (orange) segments show the first half of the contours.
Nunito Sans with Cyrillic Extended
Local Fonts News
Ninito Sans is coming soon with Cyrillic Extended thanks to Alexei Vanyashin.
November fonts selection
Local Fonts News
Combax by Vasil Stanev is a text font with a wide language support and special care for localization. Featuring Cyrillic and also extended Latin, it’s one weight is rich in ligatures, punctuation and symbols and also careful coding. Playful yet robust, it is the perfect choice when you are loking for a Comic Sans replacement.
Wind, a Layered Typeface for Optical Illusions
Typotheque announced the issue of Wind – a capital-only display typeface by Hansje van Halem for intricate headlines, and optical effects.
Wind is the first published typeface of Amsterdam-based book and graphic designer Hansje van Halem. Like her other work, which is highly experimental, it uses vivid colours and intricately detailed patterns to create unexpected optical illusions, and its various layers can be combined and overlaid to create vibrant, hypnotic patterns.
OpenType Design Variation Axis Tags
This GitHub repository is used for discussion and review of proposals for registration of OpenType design-variation axis tags.
OpenType supports custom or “foundry-defined” axes, allowing any font developer to create a font with whatever axes they wish (provided the syntactic requirements for a custom tag are met). So, why bother going through the process to register an axis? The short answer is that it can provide better experiences for end users and create opportunities for font and application developers.
While a font family design can be varied in any number of arbitrary ways, there are some kinds of variation that can seem useful and interesting to many different foundries. With custom axes, different foundries could create families with the same kinds of design variants, but because they have each identified the same variants in different ways, applications have no way to interact with particular variants, and users have inconsistent experiences.
A registered axis provides two key benefits over custom axes:
- It fosters conventionality and familiarity.
- It facilitates interoperability.
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