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MyFonts.com IN YOUR FACE
THE MYFONTS.COM NEWSLETTER — MAY 2004

In This Issue

1. Font Flags
Bringing color to fonts.

2. TypeCon 2004
We'll be there. Will you?

3. EU+10 = 25!
Fonts for the new European Union.

4. New foundries
Eleven new foundries join MyFonts.com since the last newsletter.

5. More Fonts From Our Existing Foundries
They never cease to impress us.

6. Regulars
Bestsellers, promotions, subscribing.

Letter from the Editor

We’re in color! And we show font samples! The new HTML look for In Your Face should give you a much better impression of what’s new at MyFonts.com.

The main news this month is our obsession with images, and it’s spread way beyond just the newsletter. Foundries jumped at the chance to illustrate their fonts with little “flags”, as we call them. We selected some of our favorites for In Your Face.

As for new fonts, we have Matthew Carter’s Skia, Test Pilot Collective, the bitmap fonts from MiniFonts.com (11 new foundries in total), and a great number of new fonts from foundries that have been with us for some time — a lively couple of months!

Our new sister newsletter, Rising Stars, went down really well. Thanks for all your feedback. In Your Face continues to feature each new foundry as they join MyFonts.com. We’ll also bring you news from the world of typography, new features at MyFonts.com, and of course the brightest of the new fonts from our existing foundries.

Happy font finding!

— Laurence Penney
In Your Face Editor

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Flag-waving fonts!




In response to customers who’ve told us they like to see fonts in use, we came up with a new concept: Font Flags. They are little images, one for each font family page, designed by the foundry to show off the font at its best. To our delight, foundries responded so enthusiastically that now over 1000 font families have flags! We think you’ll agree they’re not just appealing, but also really helpful when choosing fonts.

Go to the Font Flag List at MyFonts.com to see all the current flags, or click on the selection of flags above to go to that font’s page!

http://www.myfonts.com/images/flags/

TypeCon 2004

San Francisco, July 21-25 is this summer’s essential destination for the font crowd. The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is putting on TypeCon2004: Type High, the annual font fest that just gets better and better. At dozens of presentations, discussions and workshops, typophiles get to live and breathe typography for a long weekend — students $100, others $165 for early registration. See you there! Read more at the TypeCon2004 official site.

EU+10 = 25!

On May 1st 2004, ten countries joined the European Union: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia — so currently, the European Union consists of 25 countries with a total population of 458 million. Most of the new EU member countries are located in the Central & Eastern Europe.

Click here to find Central European fontsThese countries use languages that are written with Roman letters, but extensively use accents (diacritics) that are not found in the regular Western fonts as you know them. To write correspondence or make designs targeted for the new EU countries, you need fonts with the Central European character set (also called “CE fonts”). Such fonts come in two different forms:

Unicode fonts Central Europe Unicode

One font contains both the Central European and the Western diacritics and is Unicode-compatible. If you want to mix Spanish and Polish in one text, you just need to install the appropriate keyboard layout in your system or use a utility such as Character Map, Glyph Palette or PopChar to type in the diacritics.

If you work with Microsoft Word (Windows only), Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe Photoshop 7 or CS, Corel DRAW 12, or any other application that supports Unicode, then you should purchase Unicode fonts in the TrueType or the OpenType format. MyFonts.com usually displays these fonts with a “CE” icon and a “Unicode” icon.

Codepage fonts Central Europe

A separate font contains Central European diacritics but does not contain Western diacritics. When you want to mix French and Czech, you will need to switch between “YourFontName” and “YourFontName CE” in the font menu. In addition, you should install the appropriate keyboard layout in your system or use a utility such as Character Map, Glyph Palette or PopChar to type in the diacritics.

Welcome to Poland, welcome to the Czech Republic... If you work with QuarkXPress for Windows or Mac, Microsoft Word for Mac, any Macromedia application for Windows or Mac, Adobe Illustrator 10 or older, Adobe Photoshop 6 or older, Corel DRAW 11 or older, or other applications that do not support Unicode (or you are unsure whether they do), you should purchase codepage fonts in the Type 1 format. MyFonts.com usually displays these fonts with a “CE” icon but without a “Unicode” icon. Also, typically, the font name includes a “CE” suffix.

Currently, MyFonts.com offers 3045 fonts in 415 families with the Central European character set! Moreover, we have an International section where you can easily find fonts with the CE character set (both multilingual and codepage versions):

http://www.myfonts.com/International

Not only do we sell fonts with CE characters, we also have fonts that were designed by typographers from that region of Europe. Visit our Country section and click on a country name how it sits in the typographic world:

http://www.myfonts.com/country/


Eleven new foundries join MyFonts.com

TEST PILOT COLLECTIVE is a small digital type foundry that started in Minneapolis in 1998. Technology and history are the themes that have fired up designers Matt Desmond and Joe Kral to draw an amazing 343 styles at the last count. To take but one example, Curbdog is one of those rare designs that confidently betrays an amazingly diverse array of influences — high-legibility computer fonts, 19th century wood type, the geometry of the circle and straight line — and comes out with something fresh, demanding to be put to good use. Whether it’s a contemporary twist on a well-run theme, or a hi-tech look that declares that not all of history is bunk, we have no trouble imagining Curbdog in logos, signs, book covers and magazine titles.

 

CARTER & CONE TYPE of Cambridge, Massachusetts is the font foundry of Matthew Carter and Cherie Cone. Matthew Carter is one of the finest and best known type designers in the world; his career spans nearly 50 years. He has designed typefaces for the Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Devanagari alphabets. Mr Carter is proficient in designing text typefaces for books, newspapers and magazines (ITC Charter, ITC Galliard, Miller, Olympian), special typefaces for low-resolution printing or computer screens (Bell Centennial, Georgia, Verdana), beautiful script typefaces (Cascade Script, Snell Roundhand, Shelley Script) and fascinating display faces (Sophia, Mantinia, Big Caslon).

In 1994 Carter designed Skia, a relaxed sans-serif inspired by ancient Greek letterforms. Unlike Adobe Lithos (which has similar origins) Skia has a fine lower-case. Apple Computer released the font as a showcase for their font technology (today called AAT) that allows advanced typographic features such as ligatures, old-style numerals and even seamless blending of the font’s weight. Until recently, the font was only available as as TrueType packaged with Mac OS, but due to popular demand Carter & Cone now release Skia CC in PostScript format for both Windows and Mac OS. It leapt straight into our bestseller charts!

 

ARUBAN FONT FOUNDRY is George Ryan’s independent venture. George has been in the font biz quite a while. Since 1978 he’s held senior positions at Linotype and Bitstream, and has been involved in the production of well over 2500 fonts! His own designs have been published by Galapagos, Bitstream, and ITC.

Now as an independent, he releases Rescue, a readable sans-serif that is available in an impressive array of widths and weights. Its distinctive, unusually large lowercase forms are derived from handwriting, yet it’s so legible it could be used instead of Verdana. George has another 8 display & script families too!

 

FONTBOY of San Anselmo, California, was established in 1995 as the font design spin-off of the design office of Bob Aufuldish and Kathy Warinner. They’ve had designs released through another foundry, and here release their other designs. We like the overlay capability of the Punctual family, the abstract designs of RoarShock, the friendly-zany charm of Baufy and Viscosity, and the quirky-classical New Clear Era. Now get these award-winning fonts from MyFonts.com!

MINIFONTS.COM is the name on the pixel fonts from multi-talented, multimedia designer Joe Gillespie from London. From his website Web Page Design for Designers this former musician, robot designer, and ad agency art director demystifies HTML, CSS and Flash for a grateful public. With capital letters just 5 pixels high, his font Mini 7 has become probably the most popular pixel font in use on the web today, and Joe is surely the most prolific designer in this field. Choose from an amazing 279 styles. Prices from just $8.

 

WIESCHER DESIGN is the Munich studio of German designer Gert Wiescher. Already known among some of you for his work released in the FontFont library (FF Bodoni Classic perhaps the best known), he now releases Scriptissimo, a calligraphic hand with fine detailing that rewards use at large sizes. It has versions named Start, Middle and End, tweaked for their ideal position in the word, and there’s a splendid Ligatures font containing not just ff and fl, but dozens of hand-tuned common combinations.

 

RICARDO SANTOS is a young designer living in Lisbon, and has been working on his major family Van for the past six years. The Van Condensed package of six styles (three weights, upright and italic, with lining and old-style figures) is a high-legibility geometric sans. The inclusion of a Dingbats font of transport symbols indicates that Ricardo is confident that airports and national railway systems should have the package on their shopping lists!

 

TYPOTHETICALS is the foundry of Graham Meade in Melbourne, Australia. His collection of 59 styles covers many genres, but we most like his scripts, the relaxed calligraphy of Italican Oblique in particular. The neverending search for alternatives to Comic Sans gets a result here too: Stripwriter is very easy-going, highly legible, with nice 3D versions. Most Typotheticals fonts are only $8 or $10.

 

UNDT is the own-label brand of London designer Marcus McCallion, sometime co-worker of bad boy Jonathan Barnbrook at Virus Fonts. In his new fonts Marcus explores white-space, the mastery of which is the mark of the accomplished type designer, say the experts. The modular Pills is based on overlaid circular and square forms. The negative shapes in Punched appear like serif letters and can be used to create complex text patterns.

 

ANDRIY KONSTANTYNOV is from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and debuts at MyFonts.com with two multilingual font families: Radix and Tecco. Each of these sans-serif families includes Western, Central European and Cyrillic glyphs.

 

DOOLEY TYPE brings out the designs of Jeremy Dooley of Greenville, S. Carolina. Shrike 2003 is his initial family of fonts. A ‘shrike’ is a screeching butcher of a bird which enjoys impaling mice on thorns. Watch out for this font’s strident call and those small yet sharp serifs!


More Fonts from our Existing Foundries

ASTIGMATIC offers Hardliner, a connecting monoline, biline, and triline script family unifying a retro look of the 1950s with a techno flavor of the 2000s.

TYPECO, James Grieshaber’s foundry, releases Gothic Gothic, a fascinating, creative, award-winning mixture of two “gothic” themes: in typography the word can refer to both blackletter and sans-serif typefaces. We also like what must be the toughest font ever made, Super Duty. Its sharp mechanical angles and stencil option give the letterforms a square-jawed and ready-for-action feel. Good work, James!

NICK’S FONTS brings out a fresh set of playful new fonts. The wild, wacky and slightly tacky Whoa Nelly is suitable for the whole family. Hardy Har Har is revival of an exotic but seriously funny typeface by Barnhard Brothers and Spindler, a homage to poster designer Dudley Hardy. Krazy Kracks is an affectionate parody of Cooper Black, a typeface who some already consider a parody of lettering. We love the particularly krazy italic.

PRESENCE TYPO — Just as we were hoping, Thierry Puyfoulhoux has added condensed weights to his very useful Placebo Serif and Placebo Sans.

BASELINE brings us Avi Sans a monocase, monolinear, multi-weight family created specifically for nonlinear video editors.

SHINNTYPE brings out Panoptica, a monowidth typeface that is also a thorough exploration of the unicase idea (the combination of lowercase and uppercase), and Preface, a multi-style sans-serif that begs to be used instead of Helvetica or Gill.

QUADRAT, the foundry of David Vereschagin, has made Toronto Sans, a digital version of the lettering originally used in the subway system of his home town, developed from rubbings of the lettering on station walls and photographs of painted signage.

SPIECE GRAPHICS brings out Frisco Antique Display, beautiful “Tuscan” wood-type that quite simply reeks of the wild west.

ASTYPE, the label of Andreas Seidel, brings out Missale Incana, a new interpretation of a beautiful double-stem calligraphic face from the legendary East German type designer, Herbert Thannhaeuser. As we’ve seen before from Seidel, it’s delivered as a feature-rich OpenType font.

Plus lots more new fonts from Pizzadude.dk, Typodermic, Bergsland, Woodside Graphics (formerly Arroyo-Style), BA Graphics, P22, Elemeno, Enrich Design, Outside the Line, Emboss, Gerald Gallo, E-phemera, MADType, Fatchair, SparkyType, Sander’s Conspiracy, Ingrimayne, Blambot, Dennis Ortiz-Lopez, and SoloType.


Regulars

Check our WhatsNew and Special Offers pages for live updates of all the new fonts that go on sale, and the great promotions we run!

http://www.myfonts.com/WhatsNew
http://www.myfonts.com/Promotion

We always like to hear of good and bad experiences you have at MyFonts.com. Just e-mail us at <comments@myfonts.com> and we’ll get back to you!

The font used for our In Your Face masthead is Walburn Tooled from ShinnType. More details: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/shinn/walburn/

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http://www.myfonts.com/MailingList

Erratum: Sorry ParaType! In the last In Your Face we omitted the direct link to your great selection of fonts. Here it is:
http://www.myfonts.com/foundry/paratype/


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