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by Allan Haley

When new typefaces are released today, we expect them to be a full complement of designs and weights. It wasn’t that long ago, however, that typeface families grew much like your own: a little at a time – over a period of time. Such was the case with the ITC Tiffany™ and ITC Lubalin Graph™ typeface families.

ITC Tiffany and ITC Lubalin Graph were released in 1974. It wasn’t until 1981, however, (in U&lc Volume Eight Number 2) that their italic designs were announced. Why the delay? Because before the advent of design software, typefaces were drawn by hand – a time consuming and labor intensive process. ITC was a relatively small company and undertaking a new typeface design project was a major investment.

Which may beg the question as to why were the italics drawn at all. The answer is “technology.” More and more typesetting was being set digitally in the early 1980s – and it was a relatively easy process to digitally oblique a roman design to serve as a makeshift italic. The result did not look good to a typographer’s eyes, but that didn’t stop people from doing it.

The folks at ITC, however, were typographers – and it pained them to see their typefaces contorted and distorted into faux italic designs. Which is why ITC asked Ed Benguiat to draw new italic designs to complement the roman weights of Herb Lubalin, Tony DiSpigna and Joe Sundwall’s ITC Lubalin Graph and his own ITC Tiffany typeface.

The first “Directory of ITC Typefaces” (a specimen showing of all the typefaces released in the first ten years of the ITC’s existence) was also published in the pages of Volume Eight of U&lc – as was the announcement of the ITC Galliard™ family, a typeface design first released by another company. To find out what company first released Galliard – and to see what else was in the journal’s pages – click the PDFs below to download Volume Eight of U&lc.

Low Resolution:

Volume 8–1 (Low Res).pdf (22.0 MB)

Volume 8–2 (Low Res).pdf (17.0 MB)

Volume 8–3 (Low Res).pdf (15.2 MB)

Volume 8–4 (Low Res).pdf (14.7 MB)

High Resolution:

Volume 8–1.pdf (103.0 MB)

Volume 8–2.pdf (78.2 MB)

Volume 8–3.pdf (73.1 MB)

Volume 8–4.pdf (70.5 MB)

Allan Haley
Allan Haley is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging. Here he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs.

 


by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ most used Web fonts for April 2011:

1 Garamond 3 Regular
2 Garamond 3 Italic
3 Neue Helvetica® 87 Condensed Heavy
4 Trade Gothic® Bold
5 Univers® 57 Condensed
6 Helvetica® Condensed Bold
7 Sackers™ Gothic Medium
8 Neue Helvetica® 77 Condensed Bold
9 Sackers™ Gothic Heavy
10 Neue Helvetica® 67 Condensed Medium
11 Trade Gothic® Roman
12 Avenir® 65 Medium
13 Avenir® 85 Heavy
14 Neue Helvetica® 47 Condensed Light
15 Futura® Bold
16 Administer BookItalic
17 Neue Helvetica® 37 Condensed Thin
18 Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman
19 Neue Helvetica® 45 Light
20 ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Book
21 Trade Gothic® Next Regular
22 ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Medium
23 DIN Next™ Regular
24 Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold 20
25 Rockwell® Bold
26 VAG Rounded™ Black
27 Trade Gothic® Next Condensed Bold
28 Neue Helvetica® 57 Condensed
29 Felbridge™ Regular
30 DIN Next™ Light
31 Neue Helvetica® 75 Bold
32 Neue Frutiger® Light
33 Avenir® 45 Book
34 Neue Frutiger® Medium
35 Neue Frutiger® Regular
36 Neue Helvetica® 35 Thin
37 DIN Next™ Medium
38 Avenir® 35 Light
39 Eurostile® Next Regular
40 DIN Next™ Bold — Extended
41 Eurostile® Next Extended Regular
42 Eurostile® Next Extended Semibold
43 Eurostile® Next Extended Bold
44 Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman — Extended
45 Eurostile® Next Semi Bold — Extended
46 Trade Gothic® Light
47 ITC Franklin™ Bold
48 ITC Franklin™ Light
49 Neue Helvetica® 75 Bold — Extended
50 ITC Lubalin Graph® Book
51 ITC Legacy® Serif Bold Italic
52 Neue Helvetica® 77 Condensed Bold — Extended
53 Helvetica® Condensed Bold — Extended
54 Calisto Regular
55 Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium
56 Neo® Sans Regular
57 ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Bold
58 Frutiger® 55 Roman
59 Neue Helvetica® 57 Condensed — Extended
60 Gill Sans® Medium
61 Helvetica® Condensed
62 Neo® Sans Medium
63 Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold #20 — Extended
64 Neue Helvetica® 45 Light — Extended
65 ITC American Typewriter™ Medium
66 Soho® Gothic Light
67 Avenir® 95 Black
68 Neue Helvetica® 67 Condensed Medium — Extended
69 Helvetica® Condensed — Extended
70 Trade Gothic® Condensed 18
71 ITC Franklin™ Narrow Light
72 Gill Sans® Bold
73 Univers® 67 Condensed Bold
74 Amasis Light
75 ITC Lubalin Graph® Demi
76 Helvetica® Bold — Extended
77 Neue Helvetica® 56 Italic
78 ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Demi
79 Frutiger® 65 Bold
80 ITC Franklin™ Narrow Thin
81 Univers® 59 Condensed Ultra
82 ITC Franklin™ Narrow Light Italic
83 Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium — Extended
84 Helvetica® Roman
85 DIN Next™ Bold
86 Helvetica® Roman — Extended
87 Gill Sans® Light
88 Baskerville Regular
89 Avenir® 55 Roman — Extended
90 VAG Rounded™ Light
91 ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Bold Oblique
92 Neue Helvetica® 86 Heavy Italic
93 Linotype Univers® 230 Basic Thin
94 Helvetica® Condensed Light — Extended
95 Helvetica® Narrow Regular — Extended
96 Futura® Book
97 Helvetica® Narrow Bold — Extended
98 VAG Rounded™ Bold
99 Baskerville Italic — Extended
100 Helvetica® Rounded Condensed Bold


by Ed Platz

This post continues a series of articles about using Fonts.com Web Fonts to create an engaging and effective website. Today’s topic is the Ning™ Platform, which is  popular for creating social websites. If you are on the Ning Plus or Ning Pro plan you can use Fonts.com Web Fonts to make your network stand out from the rest.
 
Here is the top of my Ning network page, using the Theme “Ephemera” — before adding fonts. It’s very nice, but I’d like to personalize it a bit:
Ning theme "Ephemera" before adding Web Fonts
 
Using Fonts.com Web Fonts is easy. Create your account at www.webfonts.fonts.com, and then:
 
     

  1. Create a new project and name it after your network. You can have many projects – even with our Free version!
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  3. Choose the fonts you want to use. Be creative! Consider what your favorite sites are using, such as AmericanIdol.com. I personally recommend the ITC Avant Garde Gothic® typeface, or try the Frutiger® Next design, which is one of the most popular fonts of the world’s most trusted brands. Of course, our timeless Helvetica® face is always at your service.
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  5. Assign your fonts to selectors. If you’re not sure about which selectors affect which pieces of your text, use the ‘Inspect Element’ feature of the Firebug® plug-in for the Firefox® browser.
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  7. Once your style sheet is all set, publish your changes and copy the line of code from the ‘Publish’  tab.
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OK, your Web Fonts project is all set, so log in to Ning.com, click on “My Network” and then click “Custom Code”. Paste the line of code in the box. Save it away, and within minutes you will be able to refresh your screen and  see the effects of your style sheet changes.  Here’s what my site looks like now  - imagine what it could look like if I had your creativity:
Ning theme "Ephemera" after adding Web Fonts
 
As always, let us know how it goes, as we always welcome your feedback.  Check out what some of our customers are doing at: http://webfonts.fonts.com/en-US/OverView/WebFontShowcase.
 

by Johnathan Zsittnik

The Future of Web Design is returning to London for a conference full of essential Web learning. Fonts.com by Monotype Imaging is once again a proud sponsor. Drop by our stand for a peak at the Fonts.com Web Fonts service and a look at the latest Monotype®, Linotype® and ITC® typeface releases for use in print and on the Web. Be sure to catch our two speaking sessions exploring Web typography and Web font implementation.

Monotype Imaging typeface designer Dan Rhatigan will deliver his session “Web Fonts: Type Choice & Type Use” followed by Bill Davis’s talk “Best Practices for Mastering Web Fonts.”

The conference runs May 16 – 18 at The Brewery in London. Use the code partnerpass to receive a 40 percent discount on a two-day conference pass, making the price just £357 + VAT! Enjoy the show!

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.



by Johnathan Zsittnik

TCBY opened the first frozen yogurt shop in the United States in 1981 according to the company’s website. Today, the forward-thinking spirit lives on. The TCBY brand has been revitalized with a new logo, colorful palette, chic interior décor and a new website.

With rich photography of the company’s tasty treats and playful, interactive controls, TCBY.com offers loads of eye candy. But the cherry on top is the Avenir® typeface. Adrian Frutiger’s classic sans is sprinkled throughout the site adding extra appeal to text.

TCBY.com and Web Fonts

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.


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