This information letter presents our new fonts announced during the period from June till September 2010.
Super family Deca consists of ten fonts — six sans serif styles form the Deca Sans family and four styles of serif family named Deca Serif. These are low contrast fonts of pure design with ovals bent to rectangular shapes. They are nicely readable in small sizes and can be recommended for scientific, legal, official and business documents. Serif and sans serif fonts were designed in comparable proportions, they are balanced by color and have similar details in basic shapes. These features provide high compatibility and assume collective usage of the fonts in documents. Designer Natalia Vasilyeva.
The Bitstream version of Trump Mediaeval, 1954-60, by Georg Trump, a prolific German type designer. It seems to be his best typeface. It has a vigorous oldstyle roman and italic that is the sloped roman, except for the letters a, e, f. With its crisp angularity and wedge-shapes serifs, Trump Mediaeval appears carved in stone. It is a strong text typeface that is highly legible and especially useful for low-resolution output. It is useful in display work too. Cyrillic version developed by Vladimir Yefimov and Isabella Chaeva. It keeps the main feature of Trump Mediaeval italic to be the sloped roman, except for the letters ã, ä, è, é, ï, ò. There are old style figures, additional ligatures and fractions available at all styles, as well as small caps at the Roman 55 and initial and finial decorative swashed characters at the Italic 56.
Circus Didot typeface presents a rework of a typical neoclassical serif type in a constructivist style. Analyzing the shapes of characters author placed basic geometric figures — triangles, rectangles, circles… above the contours of letters. Resulting constructions staying recognizable letters at the same time bore a resemblance to pictures of Russian avant-garde artists from 20th century. This discovery has brought an idea to design a typeface where the tendency of a modern serif type to rationalism and geometry is realized in maximum possible extent. The prototypes for the project were taken from the works of Didot, lettering experiments of Russian constructivists and art deco artworks. The technique of juggling with shapes and overall grotesque approach to the design explains the selection of the name for the font. Designed by Danila Orlovsky.
The first version of Kremlin was designed at ParaType (ParaGraph) in 1995 by Tagir Safayev. Based on an informal handwriting. Kremlin is a Russian word for a fortress or a citadel. The reason why the author selected this word for the font name is not quite clear even for him. Probably the appearance of the text line set in this font resembled a tight fence. Later the font was expanded in character set and got two style variations with extended proportions. The suffix "Pro" in the name was added to distinguish the new version from the previous one. The derivative work was done by Dmitry Kirsanov and Gennady Fridman in 2010. The font is recommended for advertising and display typography.
The name of the font Airy is in fact a very light-minded summer font without any serious design concept. It is a collection of hand-drawn letters that with the help of OpenType features allow you to get a lace texture with mutable structure. Together with the font you also get a bonus — a set of naive pictures that you normally draw on the margins of your sketchbook.
Bowman is an informal slab-serif face written by hand with a marker. Its live and playful nature makes it suitable for comic books, illustrations, informal advertising and package design. Designer Alexandra Korolkova.
Ladoga — one of the first attempts in Cyrillic typography to create text face in a style of renaissance antiqua. Stylization to broad pen calligraphy resembles early forms of Latin types that were based on handwritten humanistic minuscule. Unique in its character set digital version of Ladoga was designed by Viktor Kharyk on the base of artworks of Anatoly Schukin for ParaType. The family consists of roman and italic styles in text and display versions. Character set includes characters of original shapes as well as more modern alternatives. Besides there are a set of additional characters, old style figures and small caps. The fonts cover all modern languages based on Latin and Cyrillic scripts, Greek alphabet (including polytonic extension), Hebrew and historical Cyrillic letters. Ladoga is gorgeous in display sizes and pretty readable in texts. It’s well suitable for fiction literature, historical books, art criticism, religious and philologist works. It will be extreme helpful for multilingual issues and for inclusions into body text historical passages in original orthography. The family was released in 2010.
Quartal is a family of stylish sans serif typefaces of condensed proportions. The family consists of 5 regular weights and 4 condensed ones. At first there was intention to release just 4 condensed weights for headlines and advertizing texts, but latter 5 styles of wider proportions were added. As the result the area of applications becomes much wider due to possibility to use the font for smaller point sizes. The name Quartal, which in this case means city quarter, according to author’s associations emphasizes advertizing nature of the design most suitable to the urban environment. Character set of the fonts covers alphabets of Western Europe and basic Cyrillic languages. Besides it includes a range of alternatives, especially in Cyrillic part. Design was done by Oleg Karpinsky.
Ripe Apricot is display typeface with flared semi-serifs. The design was created by renowned Armenian type designer Manvel Shmavonyan who gave to the typeface such a name not because of some associations with letterforms but just because the end of the long work was happened at the time of apricot maturity in Armenia. The font family consists of 4 standard styles. It can be recommended for use in advertizing and display matters as well as in magazine and Web design.