Archive for February, 2014

by Allan Haley

Mike ParkerMike Parker passed away earlier this week. For decades, Mike was instrumental in building the type community we enjoy today. Under Mike’s leadership as Director of Type Development at Linotype in late 1950s into the early 1980s, over 1,000 typefaces were added to the Linotype Typeface Library – at a time when creating new typefaces was a much more arduous and time-consuming task than it is today. Mike was responsible for bringing the Helvetica®, Optima® and Palatino® typefaces to North America. In addition, he was the person behind Linotype’s design relationships with Matthew Carter, Adrian Frutiger and Hermann Zapf.

Mike was also a pioneer with digital type. He was responsible for the first typographic fonts made available for laser printers and was a co-founder of Bitstream, the first independent digital typeface foundry.

Mike’s intelligence, drive, ambition, stature, and booming voice, all helped to give him a bigger than life presence. And Mike was controversial – and, at times, a rascal. There are hundreds of stories about Mike, his accomplishments, ventures – and misadventures. When I sent my condolences to Harry Parker, Mike’s son, I received the following reply.

“Thank you for your kind thoughts. My dad will be missed. He recently shared with me that he felt his life was lived to the fullest, that his time was near, and that he had no regrets. While I am filled with loss and sadness at his passing, I know that he would prefer we celebrate his life. If you find yourself talking with someone else who knew him, please just tell your best Mike story. It is what he would have wanted.”

I have my share of Mike stories. If you have good one, tell it to someone.

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 Allan Haley

Lately it seems that every new typeface release is either a sans serif or a script. What has become of the stalwart, straightforward – or even quirky and delightfully fancy – serif typeface? Happily, the serif’s back in town.

Take a look at Jovica Veljović’s Agmena™ typeface family. The design – first announced a little over a year ago – quickly became a “New Best Seller” on It’s now risen to become the first traditional serif typeface on the “All Best Sellers” list – albeit below a bevy of sans serif and a couple of slab serif families. The Agmena collection also won recognition in the Type Directors Club Typography Competition in 2013 as well.


Veljović based Agmena’s design on calligraphic letterforms, his primary intention being the setting of long – and beautiful – blocks of text copy. (Old timers might refer to Agmena as a “book face.”) To this end, Agmena is available in four weights: book, regular, semibold and bold, each with a complementary italic. The book and regular weights provide an optical balance between various point sizes – with the more robust regular being well suited for small sizes­. Designers can also choose the best weight for different paper stocks. The regular holds up remarkably well when printed on paper with a bit of “tooth,” while the book is ideal for smooth “calendered” stock.)

Agmena’s extensive character set makes setting refined text copy a pleasure. Each weight of the family offers small caps, old style and lining figures, a throng of ligatures, swash characters and even a suite of dingbats. Not stopping there, Veljović also designed Cyrillic and Greek versions of the Agmena alphabet.

While designed for publications, Agmena has also been welcomed into advertising, branding, and even online environments.

The complete Agmena family is available as desktop fonts from the and websites. It is also available as Web fonts.

Click here to learn more about – and to license – the Agmena family.

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 Ryan Arruda

Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for January 2014:

Trade Gothic
Neue Helvetica
Avenir Next
Proxima Nova
Gill Sans
Linotype Univers
Museo Sans
Museo Slab
DIN Next
Century Gothic
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Univers Next
ITC Caslon No. 224
Eurostile LT
ITC Century
VAG Rounded
ITC Legacy Serif
Neo Sans
ITC Franklin Gothic
Neue Helvetica eText
ITC Lubalin Graph
Gill Sans Infant
Motoya Birch
ITC Legacy Square Serif
Neue Frutiger
Swiss 721
Trade Gothic Next
ITC Officina Serif
ITC Charter
Soho Gothic
Sabon Next
Helvetica World
Frutiger Next
Linotype Sketch
ITC Officina Sans
Bodoni LT
PMN Caecilia
ITC Conduit
Linotype Didot
ITC Fenice
Bookman Old Style
Humanist 777
Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded
Caslon Classico
ITC American Typewriter
Monotype News Gothic
ITC American Typewriter Hellenic
Rotis Sans Serif
Adobe Garamond
ITC Stone Informal
Droid Sans Mono
Neue Helvetica Arabic
Brandon Grotesque
Adobe Caslon
Sackers Gothic
Egyptienne F
Monotype Goudy
Baskerville Classico
ITC Eras
Droid Serif
Rotis II Sans
C Hei 2 PRC
M Elle PRC
M Lady PRC
M Stiff Hei PRC
Comic Strip

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