Linotype releases new fonts in January – January 26, 2007

Five font families for a new season

Bad Homburg, 26 January, 2007. A new year is here, time to get back to the drawing board. Linotype has been busy sourcing the latest originals all year and to kick off the new year, launches five new font families in OpenType format. Each family offers its own dash of color and originality and can be employed for a variety of graphic communication needs. The fresh additions to the Linotype Library – Sunetta™, Aptifer™, Linotype Aroma™ OT, Anno™ and OCR A Tribute – cover an unusually wide spectrum of styles, from breezy handwritten elegance to retro computer print. Unmatchable digital font quality from Linotype – ready to download and be put to work.

The new typeface Sunetta captivates the eye with its curling, beckoning brushstrokes. The unique names for the three weights, Flair, Charme, and Magic, perfectly sum up the whimsical enchantment of this handwritten inspired typeface. The designer Prof. Werner Schneider studied under the master calligrapher Friedrich Poppl to refine his command of the brushstroke. Inspired by the gentle delicacy of calligraphy, Schneider tested his letter designs for years, developing them until he had nearly 1000 samples. The digitized fine strokes chosen for the three weights make them work like ligatures, encouraging creative combinations for a handwritten, random feel – ideal for impressive display texts, friendly announcements or stunning invitations. A magical addition to Linotype, certain to charm both designers and readers.

There is more than one way to catch the eye. Two new families, Aptifer Sans and Aptifer Slab hark back to straight, slightly condensed old American Gothic typefaces for their creative power. The Swedish designer Marten Thavenius combined this simplicity with modern demands for legibility and openness. Aptifer Sans relies on subtle details for easy reading. Aptifer Slab makes its impression using wedge slab serifs. Both are suitable as a display or text font, for example in magazines and newspapers or corporate graphics and signage. Thanks to its simplicity and modernity, Aptifer offers highly legible and recognizable letters for readers across all cultures.

Three further typefaces pay tribute to the diversity and adaptability of the Linotype foundry and its designers.

OCR A Tribute refines the old credit card and computer look of OCR A, the first machine-readable alphabet originally designed in 1968. The designer Miriam Röttgers breaks with the old style, elaborating on it for a more modern, typographic spin. She also extended OCR A Tribute to include a complete character set, expert characters, as well as both lining and old style figures. Fans of the original will love its new adaptability and sleeker lines.

Linotype Aroma OT is the updated release of the Linotype Aroma family, a natural and independent typeface originally created by designer Tim Ahrens in 1999. Now it is available for first time in OpenType format with compatibilty for 48 languages, including eastern European alphabets. Linotype Aroma OT also adds two additional weights, Bold and Extra Bold, boosting this family’s all-round refreshing style and functionality.

Designer André Maaßen typically finds inspiration for his designs in the beguiling simplicity of everyday objects. For is new typeface Anno, a New Year’s card for the year 2000 sparked his imagination. Anno, made up of four weights, is a semi-classicist typeface with a high degree of stroke contrast, aiming for the perfect printed image. It can be used in a number of applications, including, of course, greeting cards.

Five new typefaces to inspire a new season of graphic design. Keep up-to-date on new launches and font news at All fonts can be viewed, purchased and downloaded directly online.

Linotype GmbH, based in Bad Homburg, Germany and a wholly owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Inc., looks back onto a history of more than more than 120 years. Building on its strong heritage, Linotype develops state-of-the-art font technology and offers more than 9000 typefaces, covering the whole typographic spectrum from antique to modern, from east to west, and from classical to experimental. All typefaces (in PostScript™ and TrueType™ format as well as more than 7,000 fonts in OpenTypeTM) are now also available for instant download at In addition to supplying digital fonts, Linotype also offers comprehensive and individual consultation and support services for font applications in worldwide (corporate) communication.

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