Best of 2011
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With the end of the year in sight we wanted to showcase some of the best new fonts of this past year.
The Kat Tail™ HMK font family comes in two weights: regular and bold. A wonderful set of script fonts from the Hallmark™ Design Collection with a lively, pointed pen style that will appeal to those with an eye for sophistication.
The Jackalope™ font is a new original script from LetterPerfect. The design is a hybrid of pressure pen calligraphy infused with whimsy and curlicue terminals. Letterforms are free-spirited and edges are rough, simulating spontaneous writing on rough paper.
The Alana™ font is a natural looking, semi-connected script face designed by Laura Worthington. Based on hand lettering, it has a slightly rough look and feel and can be used for both casual and formal settings.
SANS SERIF FONTS
The cheerful Ayita™ Pro sans serif design has an exuberant rhythm and flow. Designed by Jim Ford for Ascender it has an impressive range of weights with 14 fonts in the family. Originally conceived as an upright italic design, the Ayita typeface family remains contemporary, friendly and elegant yet hard working.
Ayita's open shapes render faithfully at small point sizes and on device screens while the compact design allows more characters per line for headlines. The Ayita Pro fonts feature a typographically-rich Latin character set, with OpenType® features for advanced design applications and a variety of decorative patterns and ornaments to fuel your creativity. An OpenType-compatible application is required to access the advanced typographic features.
Designed by Jos Buivenga of exljbris, the Calluna™ Sans design is a humanist typeface family based on the popular Calluna serif fonts. The Calluna Sans family has 10 fonts: five weights each with a matching italic. There are 716 glyphs in each font, with extensive language coverage and OpenType typographic features including small caps, figure styles, ligatures and more.
Museo Sans Rounded
The Museo™ Sans design gently unsharpened... that's Museo Sans Rounded. It doesn't have italics, but it does have a very heavy weight. The spacing and kerning have been optimized for display use. Museo Sans Rounded was designed by Jos Buivenga of exljbris and is a wonderful addition to the popular Museo family: Museo, Museo Sans and Museo Slab.
The Georgia® typeface family received a major update in 2011 by Monotype Imaging, Font Bureau and Matthew Carter. The new and expanded Georgia Pro family contains an impressive range of 20 fonts. The Georgia Pro and Georgia Pro Condensed families each contain 10 fonts: light, regular, semibold, bold and black (each with matching italic styles).
Georgia Pro includes a both an extensive character set and a delightful variety of advanced typographic features including true small capitals, ligatures, fractions, old style figures, lining tabular figures and lining proportional figures. Designers will be especially happy to have fonts with the lining figures set as default, which are great for use in annual reports, charts and other financial documents. And like the original Georgia fonts, all of these new weights and styles are optimized to look wonderful on screen and in print.
The Geotica™ font family was designed by Jos Buivenga of exljbris. The idea behind Geotica was to build a font out of more or less simple geometrical line elements. The open wire frame could then be left open or (partially) filled. Geotica comes in four different grades or line thicknesses to make it suitable for a broad range of use. The Geotica fonts are loaded with wonderful OpenType typographic features including swashes, final forms and lots of ligatures and ornaments. (note: an OpenType-savvy application is required to access these typographic extras)
The Technotyp™ typeface was designed by Coen Hofmann (Herbert Thannhaeuser) and released by URW++. It originates from the hot metal face designed by the German typographer Herbert Thannhaeuser (1898-1963) for the East German type foundry Typoart in Dresden. Until now it was only available for hand composition.
This new digital version of a charming type family, with its distinct flavor of the 1950s, is added to the faces designed by Herbert Thannhaeuser. To increase the usefulness of the digital Technotyp family, italics were created for all the weights and the character set was expanded to support eastern European and Cyrillic languages, making it a very versatile font family.
DISPLAY & ORNAMENT FONTS
The Yana™ font family was designed by the talented Laura Worthington and released in 2011. As Laura describes it... "It was a sunny summer afternoon, and Yana and I had escaped the graphic design studio we worked at for lunch. We sat at an outdoor patio eating and discussing fonts. In particular, we discussed a serif face that would be so versatile, from simple to complex styling, with letters adorned with swashes we would be able use it for just about everything." We hope you agree that this elegant display typeface, with its swash caps variants, can breathe new life into headlines.
The Dempster™ display font is tall, bold and square with interesting details such as the angled terminals on the lowercase letters and friendly-looking punctuation. Designed by Jim Ford for Ascender, this typeface could feel at home with art deco and modernism themes, as well as sci-fi and high-tech flavored graphics. Dempster features the WGL character set which includes extended Latin, Greek and Cyrillic support.
The WallFlowers™ II symbol font features 26 unique hand-drawn wallpaper tiles and 45 icons for standalone use, designed by Laura Worthington. This font can be used as icons, borders or wallpaper patterns. Wallflowers are very easy to use. For borders or wallpaper, simply type the same letter consecutively (for example: aaaa or bbbb, et cetera) and voila! The pattern will emerge. A PDF users guide is included with the font for instruction and to view the patterns included.