Monday, April 01, 2013

P22 and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum announce 2 new releases from the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry- Republic Gothic and Star Ornaments

The Republic Gothic series was among the last original wood type designs manufactured by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. It was first shown in Hamilton's New Gothic Faces in Wood Type (c. 1920). The design features a sans-serif style reminiscent of brush-formed letters popular with sign painters of the era. The pair of outline and solid is designed as chromatics that can be printed one over the other to achieve multiple color effects or individually as stylistic alternatives. This release features the first ever digitization of Republic Gothic. The two fonts are carefully aligned and kerned to allow for multicolor overlayment in any digital design program. It features a full Western and Central European Character set.

HWT Republic Gothic digitized by Richard Kegler & Miranda Roth
View more details about this release and purchase here.

Star Ornaments are seen as a long standing companion to many wood type poster layouts. Various manufacturers managed to derive many variations of the five pointed star motif and offered them as a ubiquitous ornament option in almost all of their catalogs. Manufacturers such as Wm. H Page, Morgans & Wilcox, Tubbs Mfg. Co. and of course, Hamilton Wood Type each had their own slight variations. This digital font features almost 100 glyphs of mostly stars, but it also features a unique star border that can create boxes just like the modular offerings of the 19th century. The twist on this digital version is the inclusion of additional connection options that become a unique lettering 'kit' that can create typography or maze-like connections using a limited set of component parts.

HWT Star Ornaments digitized by Richard Kegler
View more details about this release and purchase here.

Special Introductory Offer available through April 15th. Purchase both new releases and save over 30%. More information here.

P22 announces format change for all fonts!

In keeping up with current trends in font formats from PostScript and TrueType to Opentype and Webfonts, P22 type foundry has decided to anticipate the next inevitable format shift and offer its entire library only in two formats. Employing centuries-proven methods, P22 fonts will only be available in metal and wood formats. P22 has spent the last 19 years creating digital fonts primarily based on historical sources. This time spent in various collections and working printshops has made one thing very clear, metal and wood type will outlast any digital format. The letterpress revival has seen an unprecedented demand for new wood and metal type and P22 plans on filling that demand. P22s first forays into physical formats included the 2008 P22 Stern font made by Jim Rimmer and the P22 Preissig Scrape wood type font made by Bill Jones at Virgin Wood Type.

With the recent partnership with the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, all wood type manufacturing will be done at the new expanded facility in Two Rivers Wisconsin. Metal fonts will be initially offered though various independent foundries (who will inevitably be bought up and merged into one giant corporate conglomerate). Current P22 digital fonts already available for sale as metal fonts include Cloister from Dale Guild Foundry, Hadriano Stone Cut from Skyline Foundry and several Lanston fonts from Swamp Press Letter Foundry

This new format shift will also cut back on pirating and illegal copies being distributed on the internet. However in order to take into account the cost to produce such fonts, the starting list price of each P22 font will be modified only one digit from $19.95 to $199.50. Also in order to facilitate efficiency in the printshop, character sets will be reduced from the unwieldy 300+ characters now found in P22 pro fonts to basic A-Z, numbers and punctuation. European language printers who don't speak American will have to just handwrite the squiggly things over their letters if they want them.

Best Regards,
P22 type foundry