Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Year, New Blog, New Website

P22 has a new website with a new blog, for all of the latest, please go to: https://www.p22.com/blog



Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Introducing HWT Tuscan Extended...the first digital version of an unusually decorated late 19th-century wood type



Tuscan wood types cover a fairly wide range of styles, and there is sometimes confusion over what is classified as a Gothic Tuscan and what is considered an Antique Tuscan. HWT American Chromatic and P22 Tuscan Expanded are more precisely faces of the Antique Tuscan variety. Gothic Tuscans are generally absent of the heavy serifs typically associated with their Antique Tuscan brethren (although decorative bifurcation of terminals can imply serifs). Additional internal decoration with spikes along the stems gives some Tuscans their distinctive look—these faces are often described as "Circus Types."

Tuscan Extended is an extremely wide design, with a distinctive slab crossbar running through the center of most characters. Each letter is a complex system in its own right—this typeface is best used very large in short headline work. This style defies falling clearly into either the Antique Tuscan or Gothic Tuscan category.

The new HWT version of Tuscan Extended has been meticulously redrawn by Frank Grießhammer. During production, he also incorporated a number of new letterforms, bringing the font to over 300 characters (including a full ASCII character set and Central European accented characters).

For more information and to purchase HWT Tuscan Extended, click here.

Special introductory pricing is available through December 31st.

See our Behance page for photos and more background info on the development of this font from wood type to digital.

Hamilton Wood Type Foundry

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Yule Font Family Special- 50% Off the Yule Font Famuily plus bonus font.



For a limited time only, we are offering the Yule Family of 7 fonts (reg. $79.95) for 50% off or $39.95! Plus, we are also including the LTC Holiday Ornaments (reg. $19.95). That's 8 fonts for only $39.95 (reg. $99.90). The Yule Family Special...just in time for your holiday and New Year's greetings.

About These Fonts P22 Yule is a display font inspired by a melange of ancient inscriptional writing. It is exotic yet familiar and evocative of winter holidays. Its alpine look lends itself to the thoughts of chalets and fondue and includes two fonts that add flurries and heavy snow. LTC Holiday Ornaments is a set of 80 ornaments that has been assembled for those less commercialized holidays, including Thanksgiving.

To learn more or to order this special, follow the link to the Yule Family Special page. This offer is valid through December 8, 2013 only.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Announcing HWT Van Lanen- A new wood type design by A legendary designer



P22 type foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum are pleased to present their latest collaborative digital font release via Hamilton Wood Type Foundry (HWT): HWT Van Lanen, by renown type designer Matthew Carter.

Matthew Carter has had a long career as an innovative type designer. He received the 2010 MacAurthur Fellowship award, and in 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian National Design Awards. Carter was trained as one of the last type designers to cut punches for metal type production. He has designed type for most technologies with the exception of wood type until 2009 when he was commissioned to create a new original type design by the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

Matthew Carter has created many notable type designs, including Georgia and Verdana for Microsoft specifically for on-screen web typography, which set a higher standard for web users. Carter's Bell Centennial was created for AT&T. This design featured narrower yet highly legible letterforms, which resulted in reducing a substantial number of pages per phone book and ultimately saving countless trees from the pulper. The design of the Van Lanen font for Hamilton presented a new challenge for Carter: the font was to be cut using 100+ year old technology that has its own set of unique limitations.

The final design presented by Carter features a two-part font that echoes the historic 'Chromatic' wood types, which take advantage of color overlays. The font was cut for demonstrations and offered for sale as a new wood type design via the museum. Even though the Van Lanen fonts have been cut and made available, contemporary wood type production is still relatively expensive and few have actually acquired this font in wood format. The HWT digital release will allow typographic aficionados, graphic designers and casual desktop publishers to use the new Carter design for all digital uses.

 HWT Van Lanen is available at an introductory discount through November 30th. Purchase the set of 2 fonts for only $29.95 (reg. $39.95).

As with all of the HWT digital font releases, proceeds will help support the museum's operations and its mission of hands-on education and research.

For more information regarding this release, check out the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry website

See our Behance page for photos and more background info on the development of the Van Lanen font from wood type to digital.

About the Designer

Matthew Carter has had a long career as an innovative type designer. He received the 2010 MacAurthur Fellowship award, and in 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian National Design Awards. Carter was trained as one of the last type designers to cut punches for metal type production. He has designed type for most technologies with the exception of wood type until 2009. His most notable font designs, among others, include Verdana and Georgia, specifically designed for web browsers and Bell Centennial for the US telephone directories. This design featured narrower yet highly legible letterforms, which resulted in reducing a substantial number of pages per phone book and ultimately saving countless trees from the pulper. Carter, now a principal of Carter & Cone Type Inc., has also been commissioned to produce type for Time, Newsweek, Wired, U.S. News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, BusinessWeek and other institutions.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Presenting HWT Gothic Round

HWT Gothic Round is the newest release from the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. The font,  a softened variation of a standard heavy Gothic typeface was first introduced as wood type by the George Nesbitt Co. in 1838.  The style evokes a much more recent history of the 1960s and 70s and can be seen in such places as donut shops and on children's toys as well as inspiration for such fonts as VAG Rounded.

Gothic Round has not previously been available as a digital font until now. The font was digitized by Miguel Sousa from a wide variety of historical sources, including visits to the Cary Collection at RIT (Rochester, NY), WNY Book Arts Center (Buffalo, NY) and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum (Two Rivers, WI). The result is a very solid and contemporary font with a 175 year history.

Visit the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry website for more information about this release or check out our Behance page for photos and more background info on the development of this font from wood type to digital.

HWT Gothic Round is available at an introductory discount through October 31st. 



Friday, September 20, 2013

New IHOF Releases from Ray Cruz and Borges Lettering



Bandolero is a distinctive design from custom lettering and type designer Ray Cruz. The font, a contemporary design with an Art Deco flavor, features pointed terminals that add to its unique appearance. Bandolera adds a contour outline. Both fonts are ideal for a wide array of design purposes.

These Ray Cruz releases are available for purchase separately or together for a very special price. For more details about these releases, to view and download additional samples and to place your order, follow this link:

Bandolero Set

 

Bounce Script and Enchanted are two more exquisite script fonts from lettering artist Charles Borges de Oliveira of Borges Lettering. Bounce Script is a hand lettered upright font with an appealing bouncy characteristic that gives it its charm. Enchanted is a unique contemporary font that mimics the style of handwriting and brush scripts; yet it is neither. Both fonts are great for many uses including logos, headings and other decorative purposes. For a limited time only, order these fonts and receive an introductory 25% discount.

Bounce Script
Enchanted

Friday, August 16, 2013

Announcing LTC Italian Old Style Pro

LTC Italian Old Style was originally released by P22/Lanston Type Company in 2006 as a basic 4 font family. This design is not to be confused with the English Monotype font also called "Italian Old Style", an earlier design from 1911 based on William Morris's Golden Type, which was itself based on Nicholas Jenson's Roman face. Rather, LTC Italian Old Style is based on Frederic Goudy's interpretation of Nicholas Jenson's Roman face and other Renaissance Roman faces. The Goudy design is considered by most to be the best Renaissance face adapted for modern use.

Italian Old Style has been updated by James Grieshaber for the Lanston Type Company and is now offered as a pro font family containing 4 styles- Regular Pro, Italic Pro, Light Pro and Light Italic Pro. Features contained in the pro fonts include the original ligatures, small caps and expanded language coverage. The pro Roman styles, Regular and Light, also welcome the addition of ornaments. Noted American typographer, Bruce Rogers, was one of the biggest admirers of Italian Oldstyle and designed the original specimen book for Italian Oldstyle in 1924 using his trademark ornament arrangement. These ornaments are now contained in the pro versions of the Roman styles.

The LTC Italian Old Style Pro Family of 4 fonts is being offered at a very special introductory price of only $49.95 (reg. $99.95) for a limited time- a savings of 50%. This offer expires on August 31st.

Package options are available online for the original basic styles and for those without applications that do not support Opentype features. More information is available on the LTC Italian Old Style Pro Family page.

Upgrade pricing is available for previous registered users of Italian Old Style (family only). For more details, please contact p22@p22.com.