Sunday, December 16, 2007

The P22 Music Text Composition Generator

We have a special gift for you this holiday season: The P22 Music Text Composition Generator. It is somewhat hard to explain exactly what this is, but it will convert any text that you enter into musical notation. You can play and print out your your parking ticket can serenade you...or that email from that Nigerian oil minister's widow email can lull you to sleep. Give it a try, have fun!

P22 Club for 2008

Back again for its 6th year is the P22 Club. For yourself or as a gift...a pretty good deal...if you like fonts. You get 5 fonts (4 of your choice and 1 that is made especially for the Club and not available otherwise) plus a year round discount and an assortment of other perks that go with being in a club. Have a look.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Lanston Collection Deluxe Box

Like a fine meal, an exceptional font collection deserves an exceptional presentation. Lanston Type Co. presents the full Lanston Collection including the new Italian Oldstyle fonts and Goudy Extras, for a total of over 270 fonts. The limited edition boxed collection includes an original Lanston Monotype Matrix case (a piece of art in its own right) enclosed in a wooden presentation box and a CD on a velvet bed with a laid-in folder listing all of the fonts enclosed. Fonts include basic True Type and PostScript plus Pro titles in enhanced OpenType format. Only a small number of these boxes have been produced. An extravagant gift for the designer in search of classic 20th Century type designs or a great keepsake for the purchasing department clerk of the agency acquiring this collection.

The Lanston Collection alone normally sells for $1499.95. This limited edition box collection is available for the month of December 2007 for only $1299.95. Purchasers of this collection will receive complimentary additional Lanston releases during 2008 (exact titles not yet determined). As with all P22/Lanston font licensing, usage is for up to 5 users at one location with reasonable upgrade schedules for larger workgroups. (Shipping is included for orders shipped within the U.S., but additional shipping fees are required for shipments outside the U.S., please inquire for prices.)

For a full listing of the fonts included and images of the box, visit here

Sunday, December 02, 2007

New Goudy Digitizations

Two new font releases from Lanston Type Co. from the original art of Frederic W. Goudy

LTC Goudy Extras
A set of over 50 ornaments, connecting borders, flourishes and decorative motifs originally designed by Frederic Goudy throughout his career. Many of these designs were used by Goudy at his Village Press and offered by his Village Foundry in the 1920s. The styles range from complex title page illustrations to simple linking borders, but all have the unique Goudy style. This set is completely different from the Goudy Ornaments found in the P22 Goudy Aries Set.

LTC Italian Oldstyle
Italian Oldstyle designed by Frederic Goudy in 1924 has now been digitized by Paul Hunt. This new font is not to be confused with the font "Adobe Italian Oldstyle MT", which is an earlier design from 1911 based on William Morris's Golden Type based on Nicholas Jenson's Roman face. Goudy went back to Jenson's original Roman and other Renaissance Roman faces for his inspiration and the result is what many consider to be the best Renaissance face adapted for modern use. Bruce Rogers was one of the biggest admirers of this face. He designed the original specimen book for Italian Oldstyle in 1924 using his trademark ornament arrangement.This specimen is a classic example of Rogers's design and Italian Oldstyle in an exceptional setting.

With most digitizations of old metal typefaces, one source size is often used as reference (as was Goudy's method for his own cuttings of his Village foundry types) so that all sizes refer to one set of original artwork. The original hot metal fonts made by Lanston Monotype (from Goudy's drawings) and other manufacturers used two or three masters for different size ranges to have optimal relative weights (smaller type sizes would need proportionally thicker lines to not appear thin and larger sizes would require thinner lines to not appear to bulky). The variations in size ranges can also be affected by the size of the cutter head in making the master patterns. The light weights of LTC Italian Oldstyle were digitized from display sizes (14, 18, 24, 30, 36 pt) and the regular weights were digitized from smaller composition sizes (8,10,12 pt.). The fitting for the regular weights is noticeably looser to allow for better setting at small sizes. Very few font revivals take this approach.

A Pro version of Italian Oldstyle will be released in late 2008 with ligatures, small caps and expanded language coverage.