The Swift type first took newspapers by storm around 1985. Gerard Unger
, one of the Netherland’s leading designers, created the typeface during the early 1980s for Dr.-Ing Rudolf Hell
in Kiel. This was the company who had created the world’s first digital typesetting machine – the Digiset &ndash back in the 1960s. Even before Linotype acquired that company in 1989, we had begun distributing the marvelous Swift family. In 1995, Gerard updated and re-released Swift on his own, naming the effort “Swift 2.0.” Recently, we worked together with Gerard to upgrade these fonts into fully featured OpenType text fonts. The result is our Neue Swift family
But that’s not all! Two months ago, at TypeCon 2009 in Atlanta, Gerard received the Typography Award from the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA). Now 67 years old, Gerard continues to make significant contributions to the fields of graphic design, typeface design, design education, and legibility research. We are very pleased to be able to collaborate with him, and we congratulate Gerard for this recognition of his life’s work to date!