Canada Type News | April 2013

Font Releases:

-Albertan Pro: Albertan was the first Jim Rimmer typeface to make the transition from metal to digital. And for very good reason. When the first roman face was cut at 16 pt. in 1982, it was intended for use in hand-setting limited edition books at Jim's own Pie Tree Press, but it immediately perked the ears of text typography connoisseurs in the printing industry. It was hard to resist Jim's expertly balanced approach at transforming the traditional roman model by infusing many transitional traits into the forms without sacrificing the integrity of the calligraphic influence or the functionality of the overall setting. Not to mention only Jim Rimmer could have made those almost-slab serifs work in such a face. A first post-Baskerville-post-Joanna, if you will. A very attractive italic with a surprising slight incline followed in 1985, and the rest was history. Albertan became a Canadian text classic. Though Jim kept producing additional material (small caps and light fonts in the 1990s, bold fonts in the mid 2000s) to expand Albertan into a cohesive family, he became too busy with his other typefaces and press work, and the shape of the family remained in questionable limbo until Jim's death in 2010. In the summer of 2012, after the repatriation of Jim's typefaces, we set out to turn Albertan into the kind of family Jim would have been proud of, so they spent over seven months meticulously correcting and remastering the Albertan fonts, then expanding the family with new weights and tremendous glyph sets. This new Albertan Pro family is 14 fonts, each containing over 670 glyphs. Six formidable weights and an inline set, along with their true italic counterparts, are suitable to accommodate an enormous variety of text and display applications. Advanced typography features throughout all fonts include small caps, comprehensive ligature sets, stylistic alternates, six kinds of figures, automatic fractions, ordinals, case-sensitive forms, extended Latin language support and all-encompassing class-based kerning. View Albertan Pro

-Loxley: Drawn shortly before Jim Rimmer's passing in 2010, Loxley was designed to be used in a fine press edition of the folklore story of Robin Hood. It was named after the cited birthplace of the story's classic hero. Loxley's shapes were inspired the same early Roman faces (such as Subiaco from the late 1400s) that influenced Frederick Goudy's Aries, Franciscan and Goudry Thirty types. It exhibits the preculiarities of Jim's left-handed calligraphy, as well as his outside-the-box thinking with exit strokes and serif variations. Loxley was remastered for the latest technologies in 2013. Now it comes with a character set of over 450 glyphs, including plenty of stylistic alternates, a full compliment of f-ligatures, a Th-ligature, basic fractions, ordinals, a long s for historic setting, comprehensive class-based kerning, and extended Latin language support. View Loxley

-Isabelle Pro: Isabelle is the closest thing to a metal type revival Jim Rimmer ever did. The original metal face was designed and cut in late 1930s Germany, but its propspects were cut short by the arrival of the war. This was one of Jim's favourite faces, most likely because of the refined art deco elements that reminded him of his youthful enthusiasm about everything press-related, and the face's intricately thought balance between calligraphy and typography. Not to mention one of the most beautiful italics ever made. Jim's early 2000s digitization included mathematical corrections to the original metal cut, as well as some functional improvements for digital use. In 2013, during the remastering of the entire Rimmer collection, Isabelle underwent a considerable rethinking/expansion and was rechristened Isabelle Pro. The new revisions include small caps, ligatures, seven types of figures, automatic fractions, extended Latin language support, stylistic alternates that include lowercase serif angle options in the roman and looped ascenders/descenders in the italic, and plenty of extra OpenType features like caps-to-small-caps substitution, case-sensitive positioning, ordinals, and extended class-based kerning. Now each of the Isabelle Pro fonts includes over 680 glyphs. View Isabelle Pro

-Filmotype Lakeside: Our 20th contribution to the ongoing revival of the Filmotype library. Even sixty years later, this face still maintains its relaxed, casual, bouncy and friendly demeanour, and remains one of the most appealing spontaneous brush scripts ever made. Add to that the digital magic that we've been doing with all our Filmotype fonts, and you have a font of over 450 glyphs, supporting a huge range of Latin languages, and overflowing with OpenType features, like contextual and stylistic alternates, ligatures, ordinals, automatic fractions, four kinds of figures, and comprehensive class-based kerning. View Filmotype Lakeside