We just added 22 more fonts comprising 10 families from ParaType, including a number of notable and striking designs.
The first two are from Bitstream by way of ParaType:
ParaType says of Freehand 471 BT that “It’s a dark, disconnected script with angular forms. It seems written by heavy marker and thus suitable for informal posters and signage and for advertising and display typography as well.” Freehand 471 has a complicated history. It is Bitstream’s licensed version of Matthew Carter’s Cascade Script (1965) for Linotype, as further extended by Oleg Karpinsky for ParaType in 2011. Carter had himself based it on an earlier design for the Ludlow type foundry, making for four different foundries involved in the story!
Carter is of course one of the most celebrated and best-known living type designers. If you don’t know his name, you certainly know his typefaces, such as Georgia, Verdana, Galliard, Skia, ITC Charter, Miller, Shelley Script and Bell Centennial, among countless others.
Similarly, Künstler 480 BT is Bitstream’s licensed version of Linotype’s Trump Mediäval. We’ve just added the strong and striking “black” weight to this family. Trump’s design is notable for taking an oldstyle serif structure and making it very angular—look at that “a”! Originally designed by Georg Trump in the 1950s for the German foundry Weber, Trump Mediäval was later acquired by Linotype, copied by Bitstream, and then Bitstream’s version was licensed and extended by ParaType, who then licenses it to us. (Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz on this later!)
PT Serif and PT Mono are original designs by Alexandra Korolkova for ParaType. Along with PT Sans, they comprise ParaType’s Public Types project. Each typeface supports not only western languages, Central European and Cyrillic, but also all the extended Cyrillic and other characters needed to support every official language of the Russian Federation, and almost all the minority languages as well. Having previously mapped this same terrain for Adobe some years back, and explored it with my own Hypatia Sans typeface, I know just how much work is involved… it’s a big deal. Korolkova is a remarkably talented younger type designer who has been doing some fabulous work for the last decade or so—definitely somebody to watch for the future as well.
PT Serif is a transitional serif face with humanistic terminals (stroke endings) designed for use together with PT Sans, and harmonized with it on metrics, proportions, weights and design. PT Serif consists of six styles: regular and bold weights with corresponding italics form a standard font family for basic text setting; two caption styles (regular and italic) are for texts of smaller point sizes.
PT Serif was designed by Alexandra Korolkova with participation from Olga Umpeleva, under the supervision of the late (and much missed) Vladimir Yefimov.
PT Mono is a monospaced typeface, like Courier, or an old-fashioned typewriter where every letter has the same width. It was developed for use in forms, tables, work sheets and other complex documents, as with a monospaced font the designer or programmer may easily calculate the size of entry fields, column widths in tables and so on. This is particularly useful for Web forms.
PT Mono was designed by Alexandra Korolkova, with participation from Isabella Chaeva, and with the financial support of Google.
Besides these typefaces we’re highlighting, there are a bunch of other fonts in this new set, including Circe Web, Little Cecily Web, Milletre Web, Nina Web, Telegraph Web, and more faces for Newton Web. We’ve also quietly upgraded a bunch of ParaType families to new “web” versions with better cross-platform vertical metrics and other minor improvements.