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Bitstream is known among type enthusiasts and professionals alike as being one of the companies that lead the way towards the democratization of type. For centuries, the type world had been the exclusive domain of skilled typographers who worked large, cumbersome presses. With the birth of digital type though, came a revolution in the industry that enabled Bitstream, one of the first digital type foundries, to help grow the desktop publishing industry.

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Picayune Intelligence™

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Picayune Intelligence™ Picayune Intelligence™

The unusual name for this Deco style typeface comes from the playful and pun-laden 1960s Rocky & Bullwinkle TV show. It is the name of the newspaper in the mythical town of Frostbite Falls, MN, home of the two cartoon stars. The name, Picayune Intelligence, literally means “pretty dumb”, but we don’t think that describes Nick’s competent design at all. It is comforting to know that someone is still watching quality television.

Nevia BT Pro

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Nevia BT Pro Nevia BT Pro

Nevia BT is a four weight text family loaded with subtle design nuances. These OpenType Pro fonts support many OT features including smallcaps, oldstyle figures, contextual swashes, ornaments, discretionary ligatures, fractions and much more. The extended character set supports both Western European and Central European languages.

French 111

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French 111 French 111

Modakshar™

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Modakshar™ Modakshar™

Modakshar was inspired by traditional Indic handwriting scripts which ‘hang’ from a common upper horizontal bar. Adapting this motif to Latin letterforms was challenging.

Melina™

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Melina™ Melina™

Melina Plain and Melina Fancy are characterized by graceful lines, strong contrast and nostalgic overtones. These typefaces are patterned after two members of a type family named Greco, released by Fundición Tipográfica Richard Gans of Madrid, Spain, in the 1920s. Melina Plain is a refined version of Greco Bold, and Melina Fancy is based on Greco Adornado, with the notable addition of a lowercase, which was not a part of the original design.

Roelandt BT

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Roelandt BT Roelandt BT

Roelandt BT is another beautiful script font drawn by calligrapher Rob Leuschke.

Perfect for informal invitations and documents, the standard semi-connecting glyphs are simple, yet elegant.

Ingram BT

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Ingram BT Ingram BT

Ingram BT might be described as Deco, or Arts & Crafts, in style. Created by Alex Marshall, it is a very condensed design with high-waisted uppercase glyphs that feature dots rather than straight lines for the middle hairlines.

Commercial Pi

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Commercial Pi Commercial Pi

Ang Thong

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Ang Thong Ang Thong

Bitstream developed Ang Thong for the Microsoft Windows operating system. The font is encoded with a Microsoft defined Thai character set, Thai Code Page 874. The font includes Thai glyphs and Latin glyphs from Dutch 801.

Ang Thong (basin of gold) is a province in central Thailand which consists mostly of flat agricultural land used for growing rice.

Sloboda BT

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Sloboda BT Sloboda BT

A calligrapher, graphic designer and teacher, Duško Trifunović of Belgrade created this handsome calligraphic typeface called Sloboda. It has an open design, an outline of sorts, and though the lowercase is small and compact, it sets beautifully in text. The generously sized uppercase has a swash flavor to it yet works harmoniously with itself.

Mesotone BT™

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Mesotone BT™ Mesotone BT™

Matt Desmond (MADType, Pufficlaude BT) would like you to meet Mesotone BT. This computer typeface design is monoweight and somewhat monowidth. The squarish unicase glyph forms feature eased corners and rounded terminal ends, which takes some of the edge off its techi look. Yet Mesotone still inspires one to explore the outer limits of the design universe.

Eroxion™

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Eroxion™ Eroxion™

Eroxion was designed by Eduardo Manso in 1997. It is a good example of degenerative typographic design, borrowing from techniques first explored in the early 1990s by the designers at Letterror.

New Lincoln Gothic BT

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New Lincoln Gothic BT New Lincoln Gothic BT

New Lincoln Gothic is an elegant sanserif, generous in width and x-height. There are twelve weights ranging from Hairline to UltraBold and an italic for each weight. At the stroke ends are gentle flares, and some of the round characters possess an interesting and distinctive asymmetry. The character set supports Central Europe, and there are three figure sets, extended fractions, superior and inferior numbers, and a few alternates, all accessible via OpenType features.

Ecliptica BT™

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Ecliptica BT™ Ecliptica BT™

Ecliptica is an extended family of five very condensed typefaces in a single bold weight. The creation of Australian designer Robert Bell. Ecliptica has a Sans, a Semi-Serif, a Serif and a single Cursive that can be used with any of the other three styles. As an added bonus, Robert also designed a modern Blackletter companion.

Artane Elongated™

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Artane Elongated™ Artane Elongated™

Artane, Tony Fahy’s first typeface for Bitstream Inc., has a specific philosophy at the core of it’s creation. He decided he would try to create a Roman sans that would have the elegance of a serifed italic, such as Stempel Garamond, Bembo, or Baskerville.

Jerk Chicken BT

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Jerk Chicken BT Jerk Chicken BT

British designer Thomas Oldfield, who brought you Hombre BT and Reaper, has scratched out another typeface, this one called Jerk Chicken BT.

Indoo BT™

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Indoo BT™ Indoo BT™

Indoo is a modular geometric design that owes much to the typeface designs of Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) and the De Stijl principles of abstraction, simplicity, clarity and harmony, as exemplified for example in Emigre’s Oblong and P22’s De Stijl. That inspiration, combined with the lettering of signage often found in the Indian quarter of Paris, led to the connecting block letter motif of Indoo. The text fonts are joined by a common horizontal stroke positioned at the baseline. There is an accompanying Ornament font for building borders that includes various stylized fleurons and the like. Each font has a drop shadow companion that allows you to build three-dimensional and multi-colored lettering.

Chervonec Uzkj™

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Chervonec Uzkj™ Chervonec Uzkj™

Possessing a distinctive Russian appearance, Chervonec Uzkj, or Chervonec Condensed, is a hybrid semi-serif designed by Russian designer Oleg Karpinsky. The typeface family includes three weights with drawn italics.

Rina™

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Rina™ Rina™

Eduardo Manso has brought new meaning to the word distressed. The contours of Rina have been randomly inverted, spiked and split to create this agitated look. Surprisingly, Rina remains legible. And just to turn the screw a little more, Manso created an outline version, Rina Linea.

Revival 555

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Revival 555 Revival 555

Zodiac

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Zodiac Zodiac

Geometric 885

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Geometric 885 Geometric 885

Matt Antique

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Matt Antique Matt Antique

A solid calligraphic letter designed by John Matt in the middle 1960s. The typeface did not see use until Compugraphic copied a set of the sketches in the late 1970s, naming the result Garth Graphic in honor of Bill Garth, late president and founder.

Kloi BT

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Kloi BT Kloi BT

Boris Mahovac has adapted a friend’s handwriting in this new font called Kloi (pronounced Chlo – ee). It has a very casual feel and includes alternative swash glyphs of some key characters as well as some extra ligatures. Taking advantage of the ligature and contextual swash features in OpenType, the alternate glyphs automatically replace the standard glyphs when appropriate, creating a very unique look.

Spinosa BT

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Spinosa BT Spinosa BT

Stephen Chick, of In Your Typeface Productions (IYTP) foundry, has created this rather prickly type design.

Drawboard BT

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Drawboard BT Drawboard BT

Drawn by Italian graphic designer Nicola Serradimigni, Drawboard is a fun, freeform display typeface.

Serradimigni based each character on a rectangle and kept the use of curved shapes and diagonals to a minimum.

Tabita BT

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Tabita BT Tabita BT

The creation of designer Boris Mahovac, Tabita is a fun, freeform display typeface. The whimsical swirls and marks within the characters impart a childlike playfulness.

VeraCruz BT™

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VeraCruz BT™ VeraCruz BT™

Introducing VeraCruz BT, a fanciful display typeface by Ray Cruz.

Irakly BT™

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Irakly BT™ Irakly BT™

Perhaps one of the more difficult typeface styles to space convincingly, Irakly, a serif-sans by Russian designer Oleg Karpinsky imparts an unfamiliar elegance. The odd mixture of superficial details such as the half serifs and the protruding horizontal strokes confuse your visual senses, yet the simple geometric roots of the letterforms are apparent and ultimately reassuring. Irakly Light and Bold make a great addition to any library.

Orchestra BT™

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Orchestra BT™ Orchestra BT™

Created by Italian graphic designer and illustrator Lorenzo Lalatta, Orchestra brings a whimsical yet elegant spin to Latin typography.

Arkeo™

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Arkeo™ Arkeo™

Arkeo BT is designer Brian Sooy’s first typeface family published by Bitstream. Given very few design elements to work with, Brian has designed a bitmap font that is unique and very readable. There are three widths, Condensed, Regular and Extended. In our opinion, pixels never looked so good. Arkeo performs equally well on screen and as on paper. The OpenType versions include an extended character set featuring oldstyle figures, fractions and additional f-ligatures.

Cruz Cantera™

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Cruz Cantera™ Cruz Cantera™

Cruz Cantera is a crisp and stylish yet informal sans serif typeface created by NYC type designer Ray Cruz. It is a slightly condensed design. The vertical strokes have rounded terminals, and there are some characters with serifs. Notable characters include the upper and lowercase E. There are three weights and each works equally well alone, or together for both display and text.

Reaper™

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Reaper™ Reaper™

Thomas Oldfield’s typeface, Reaper, is reminiscent of inscribed Greek letterforms but he claims that its origin is much simpler than that. “I recall”, Tom says, “that I just began the design by making the uppercase ‘I’ and continued using it to make up the other characters.” The cap only typeface has alternate cap forms in the lowercase positions, including a vastly scaled downed O and Q that make for some unusual text settings. Contrary to what the name might have you believe, there’s a lot of life in this quirky typeface.

EuroMachina™

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EuroMachina™ EuroMachina™

The boss of extended typefaces, Brian Bonislawsky, has belted out this ultra wide design, EuroMachina, that looks like an odd meld of OCR-A, Microgramma and Bank Gothic. And if that wasn't enough, Brian then felt the need to distort it in various ways, creating Broken, Eroded and OverGreased. A little something for everyone.

Steppin Out™

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Steppin Out™ Steppin Out™

Nick Curtis has created this stylish, Deco inspired design, packed full of quirky features and characters. Some of the letterforms, like the uppercase K, appear to be walking. And dig that lowercase ‘g’! There is a lot of lively design happening here, so much so that its a battle not to be stylish when you are Steppin Out.

Stingwire™

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Stingwire™ Stingwire™

Bonislawsky pulls off a beauty in these letterforms rendered with barbed wire. In our view, it couldn't have been done better. Now you can contain the animal in you with style.

Richfont™

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Richfont™ Richfont™

Based on Mr. Hubbard’s own hand printing, Richfont Medium is an extremely casual design. Actually light in weight, it renders best at 14 point and above. Richfont Light and Bold are available from the designer.

Raven™

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Raven™ Raven™

Raven was inspired by type that Holly Goldsmith found on an antique greeting card. With its Gothic feel, it is the perfect typeface to gain a little bit of an edge. In the companion Raven Extra fonts, there are hidden characters, four ravens, which complement its Poe-like nature. Both Raven and its bolder mate, Raven Evermore, work beautifully in text and display sizes.

Tannarin™

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Tannarin™ Tannarin™

Futuristic and spacey, Tannarin is a modular, cap-only typeface. Many letters are constructed of repeated components with the added twist of the round characters being shorter than the square characters.

SissyBoy™

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SissyBoy™ SissyBoy™

SissyBoy, a bold version of Kate Peter’s typeface BabyDoll, was inspired by those shy, sensitive, artistic yet misunderstood young men that were relentlessly teased in their school days. We found the endless array of loops and curly-Qs as difficult to hint as teased hair. Go ahead, make fun with it.

Covent BT

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Covent BT Covent BT

Designed by Jochen Hasinger of Frankfurt, Germany, Covent BT is an unconventional geometric sans serif typeface, featuring rounded terminal ends and a stencil-like break of the contour in some glyphs.

Wavy Rounded BT™

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Wavy Rounded BT™ Wavy Rounded BT™

Wavy Rounded is a stylized sans serif display typeface by Japanese designer Hajime Kawakami. Some of the characters possess quirky features that randomly create fun visual “waves”. There is a handful of alternate characters including an old style figure set. Catch the Wave.

PuffiClaude BT

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PuffiClaude BT PuffiClaude BT

PuffiClaude by Matt Desmond is a real piece of work.

Great for funky display stuff, its got some jive junk hanging around every character.

This OpenType font has many goodies including extra ligatures, superiors and inferiors, unlimited fractions, and a hip little smiley face.

Ryan™

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Ryan™ Ryan™

Mirarae™

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Mirarae™ Mirarae™

A handsome, rhythmic calligraphic design, winner of a competition sponsored by Morisawa, designed in 1984 by Carol Twombly, then at the Bigelow & Holmes studio. Bitstream purchased the rights to publish the winning entry.

Dom™

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Dom™ Dom™

Dom was designed by Peter Dombrezian for American Type Founders in 1951–52. It is an informal unjoined script typeface that looks brushwritten. Its letters are almost monotone, freely or casually drawn. Vertical strokes of them have irregular ending at different heights, and oval axis have slightly different slopes. This typeface is to create a friendly, informal look in signs, advertising, and invitations. The Cyrillic version of the Bitstream digital font was developed by Dmitry Kirsanov for ParaType in 2008.

Engravers Gothic

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Engravers Gothic Engravers Gothic

An old extended Grotesque for use in advertising and display typography.

Cyrillic version with adding Bold style created for ParaType in 2003 by Isabella Chaeva.

Bank Gothic™

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Bank Gothic™ Bank Gothic™

Designed at American Type Founders in 1930-33 by Morris F. Benton.

An all-capital sans serif featuring squared-off letters with rounded corners. For use in advertising and display typography.

Cyrillic version was created at ParaType by Tagir Safayev in 1997.

Bell Gothic®

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Bell Gothic® Bell Gothic®

The Bitstream version of Bell Gothic designed by Chauncey H. Griffith in 1938 for telephone directories of the Bell Telephone Company.

Humanist 521

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Humanist 521 Humanist 521

Humanist 521 is a Bitstream digitized version of Gill Sans typeface. The font was designed by Eric Gill and released by Monotype circa 1928-1930. Gill’s design is based on the typeface of Edward Johnston, the innovative British letterer and teacher, designed in 1916 for the signage of the London Underground. However, it has more classical proportions close to those of old style serifs, and thus is more suitable for text setting. With distinct roots in handwritten scripts, Gill’s typeface is classified as a humanist sans serif and is very legible and readable in text and display work. Having been released more than 80 years ago, it’s still very popular and in fact is an icon of British typographic style. The Cyrillic version of Ultra Bold weight was designed by Tagir Safaev in 1997. Six text styles and Extra Bold style in Cyrillic were designed later by Vladimir Yefimov and Isabella Chaeva. The Cyrillic version, in addition to the original Bitsteam implementation of Humanist 521, has an alternative numeral 1 with the traditional shape and a set of old-style figures. Rereleased by ParaType in 2013.

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