LinoLetter 2008/04

Linotype.com in French and Eurostile Next

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Introduction:

Eurostile® may be the sans serif typeface best associated with 1960s European design. While it has been a favorite around the world ever since, digital versions made during the 1980s and 90s failed to capture its original vitality. Linotype’s new Eurostile® Next solves this problem, updating this classic design for 21st century use! Once you get hooked on Eurostile Next and squared sans types, have a closer look at some of our other favorites: Bank Gothic and Morris™ Sans. To show that we have more in store than just these robust letterforms, our final font of the month is Julietrose™, the perfect script face for spring. Lastly, we’ve created a new layer of functionality for our webshop that will surely appeal to customers all over the French-speaking world – Linotype.com may be browsed in French!

Have fonts of fun!

In this Issue:



Our website is now available in French – Bienvenue à Linotype.com
Corrected, expanded, improved – Eurostile Next
The original squared sans, redrawn – Bank Gothic and Morris Sans
New season, new script font – Julietrose

Our website is now available in French – Bienvenue à Linotype.com

Bienvenue à Linotype.com

Since the beginning of the month, we’ve added a third layer of language support to our webshop. In addition to English and German speakers, French-speaking visitors can now shop at Linotype in their own language, too! Simply click on the French flag in the upper-right corner of our store.
Linotype parle français maintenant – une nouvelle expérience typographique !

Corrected, expanded, improved – Eurostile Next

Eurostile Next

The Eurostile typeface exemplifies classic European design. Seen to be just as Italian as fashionable furniture, minimally crafted espresso cups, and Vespa scooters, Eurostile has finally received the optimization that proper digital typesetting requires. While previous digitizations inadvertently added unintentional distortions to the original design, Linotype’s Akira Kobayashi has succeeded in bringing Aldo Novarese’s vision into the 21st century. Ready for immediate use, Eurostile Next is perfect for forward-looking display applications, including everything from small logos and trendy headlines to billboard-sized advertising slogans.
Like Linotype Univers® and Avenir® Next, the rejuvenated Eurostile Next offers more possibilities than can fit in a short description.
Click here to look under the hood at Eurostile Next’s new engine, exclusively at Linotype.com.

The original squared sans, redrawn – Bank Gothic and Morris Sans

Bank Gothic and Morris Sans

Morris Fuller Benton’s 1930 Bank Gothic set the standard for all squared sans typefaces, including Microgramma™, Eurostile®, and Microgramma™, Eurostile Next. Despite its influence, the design was never as versatile as the later Eurostile. While Eurostile remains in a class of its own, there has always been room for improvement in Bank Gothic. A new Linotype web feature documents the design of Morris Sans, Linotype’s Bank Gothic with both upper and lowercase letters, and a rethought weight distribution across the font family.
Dive into an online comparison of Bank Gothic and Morris Sans.

New season, new script font – Julietrose

Julietrose

Julietrose is a curly, lively, and informal face – exactly what every designer needs to welcome spring. This creation is the newest from Martin Wait, who also developed Balmoral™, Bertram™, and Pritchard™. Wait is not just one of the grandfathers of British display typography; he’s a real grandfather, too. This typeface is named after his granddaughter, Juliet Rose.
Like an easter egg, this treat is ready to be found! Discover Julietrose.

Palatino® Arabic wins Type Directors Club award

Palatino Arabic
Each year, the New York-based Type Directors Club judges typeface designs from all over the world in their TDC2 contest. Linotype is pleased to announce that a very new typeface of its own is among 2008’s winners: Palatino Arabic. A collaboration between Nadine Chahine and Prof. Hermann Zapf, this face is an extension of Zapf’s Al-Ahram Arabic type from 1956 recreated to join the Palatino nova family. Ready for use at any size, this calligraphic font includes a large number of extra ligatures and stylistic alternates, as well as the basic Latin glyph component of Palatino nova.
See the newly released, prize-winning design now!

Form Finder

Form Finder
Do you ever know what a font looks like, but can’t remember its name? What if you want to peruse all the typefaces in the Linotype library that share certain proportional similarities? Our Form Finder is here for you! With a few letters from a sample sans serif, serif, script, display, or blackletter font, use the Form Finder to grab elements with your cursor and manipulate x-height, ascender and descender length, letter width, weight or boldness, and slant degree until you have the look you’re after. Once you’re happy, hit the search button to find the fonts you want. The Form Finder’s characters work with Western European, Eastern European, Greek, and Cyrillic languages.
Take the Form Finder out for spin right now!
We hope you found this issue of the LinoLetter informative and useful. We highly appreciate your feedback at info@linotype.com

The next issue of this newsletter will be published and dropped in your mailbox in May 2008.

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