Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Rider Alert! Coming soon

P22 Underground Pro

A massive expansion to the P22 London Underground font system is scheduled
for an early September launch. We do not usually pre-announce releases, but
this one is exceptional in many ways. Underground Pro expands on the
historical design by Edward Johnston, licensed exclusively to P22 from the
London Transport Museum. The overall design of Underground Pro is kept as
intended by Johnston and remains within his system of proportions. What is
added is 4 additional weights and cumulatively over 30,000 glyphs.

Additional OpenType features, such as Small Caps and Petite Caps, are
included in all 6 weights. Titling options that mimic London Transport
signage are included as an extra variant for the medium weight. Lower
case characters have also been added to the bold weight.

The addition of many unicode ranges for unprecedented language support makes
this the most expansive P22 font ever. Each weight was originally planned to
contain over 5,000 glyphs, covering most Latin based languages plus Greek
(polytonic) and Cyrillic. Due to some OS limitations, the Pro fonts will be
available separately as Latin, Cyrillic and Greek

The original P22 Johnston Underground Set is still available and can be
purchased here
. Official announcement, availability and upgrade options for
Underground Pro, will be posted soon.

Friday, August 17, 2007

P22 font spotting

The book series you may have heard of, known as "Harry Potter", or something
like that, has featured the P22 da Vinci Forward font in the two most recent volumes. The facsimile letters from "R.A.B." in the U.S. editions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (page 609) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (page 186) use P22 da Vinci Forward as his hand-writing.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Typecon2008 -Buffalo NY

Save the dates: P22 type foundry and the Western NY Book Arts Collaborative are helping to bring Typecon 2008 to Buffalo NY July 15-20, 2008 for this annual conference of international type designers, graphic designers, information designers,programmers, calligraphers and typographic aficionados.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

IHOF Presents Matador

Matador is a new calligraphic styling from prolific author and calligrapher, Arthur Baker. It is a contemporary Roman font, based on the manuscript tradition. The stoic capitals add just the right touch to the slightly fanciful, and unmistakably, "Baker-style" lower case. Digitization of Matador was completed by fellow award-winning calligrapher, Michael Clark. This makes it a font truly from the Calligraphic tradition.