Canada Type News | June 2013

Font Releases:

-Lancelot Pro: When type historians look back on Jim Rimmer, they will consider him the last type designer who just couldn't let go of metal type, even though he was just as proficient in digital type. Lancelot is one definite case in point: A face designed and produced in digital as late in the game as 1999, only to spring onto the new millenium a couple of years later as a metal type cast in three sizes. That was Jim, a time traveler constantly reminding the craft of its origins. This particular time machine was originally designed as a simple set of attractive caps that emphasize the beauty of the variable conventional dialogue between the drawing tool and the intended final form, and the one exchanged within the totality of the forms themselves. Jim designed two weights, with contrast and counterspace being the main difference between them. Now the Lancelot family is remastered and greatly expanded. Lancelot Pro is a wonder of over 840 glyphs per font, including smaller versions of the caps in the minuscule slots, and alternates and ligatures that can transform the historic spirit of the original design into anything from half-uncial to outright gothic. Language support goes beyond the extended Latin stuff, to cover Cyrillic and Greek as well. View Lancelot Pro

-Aragon ST: Aragon ST is a special version of Hans van Maanen's Aragon family. It was developed for science writing, and it serves as the very first introduction of SciType, an innovative new way of building fonts specifically for typesetting science text. For more information about SciType, please consult the SciType FAQ (PDF). The Aragon design is remodeling of the classic mid-1500s Garamond forms through a modern lens. It is a text workhorse that performs very well in a variety of sizes, from footnotes and legal copy to lengthy, immersive-reading body sets. Its efficient and legibility-asserting traits are wedge serifs and uniquely tapered stems that slightly shift the weight stress to the top half of the forms while maintaining the clarity and synergy of the counterspace's sequence. Aragon ST takes all that a step further for science writers. For details about the functionality of Aragon ST, please consult the Aragon ST Access Chart (PDF). View Aragon ST

-Filmotype Kellog: Kellog, our 21st (!) contribution to the popular ongoing revival of the Filmotype library, is the perfect index of how greatly developed American informal sign lettering was during the first half of the 20th century. It's a brush script, but a second glance proves to it to be closer to someone's very good handwriting. Now let's pause a moment and see if we know someone whose handwriting can be this good, then pause another moment and think if that same person's handwriting can be just as good with a brush. Progress? Ahem. And do you think Filmotype were somewhat subtly trying to pitch this face at a certain company when they named it Kellog? Regardless, get this font. It's just GR-R-REAT! View Filmotype Kellog

-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

June 2013 Notes:

- Last month our friend and colleague Michael Doret brought us another one of his gems for production work and programming. Now the aptly called Dark Angel is available for the masses, and it's really a wonderful thing. This is a very unique zip-top take on traditional blackletter forms, and it's loaded with stuff like swashes, tails, alternates, ligatures, and overlay possibilities. Over 1160 glyphs tied together with the kind of OpenType programming that makes typesetting easier than waking up to the smell of soap. Do check it out!

- SciType is a really cool thing, and everyone involved in science writing should take a close look at it. Aragon ST serves a fine introduction to it, but we plan on releasing many more fonts in that vein. Keep an eye out for some of them over the next few months.