Monotype has added five new typefaces to its Library. New entries include a script reminiscent of hand-painted signs, a Wild West-inspired display typeface and new variations on two timeless classics.
"The new additions to the Monotype Library are some of the most creative and interesting designs we've seen in recent memory, and really expand the options for designers who want to add a new typographical element to their projects," commented Tom Rickner, director of the Monotype Studio. "We're excited to release such a diverse set of designs to a community of creative professionals that's hungry for fonts that help them differentiate their work."
Trade Gothic Inline
Designed as an accompaniment to the Trade Gothic Next typeface, the Trade Gothic Inline design by Lynne Yun of the Monotype Studio is an eye-catching addition to the family, and is a response to the growing need for bigger type families that can handle a wider variety of environments and uses. The family features five decorative weights that run the gamut from elegant type that's barely there, to sturdy letterforms that can stand up to virtually anything. While the heavier weights convey immediate impact-and obviously belong on posters, packaging, and other print projects-the lighter weights are surprisingly elegant. Where the darker weights shout, these whisper.
FF Sanuk Round
The latest addition to the FF Sanuk typeface family by Xavier Dupré, the FF Sanuk Round design follows similar proportions to its predecessors, but takes their original shapes and gently softens them for a smoother aesthetic. The sans serif provides designers with a balance of formality and playfulness, and its mix of soft and rigid qualities makes it well suited for corporate communications, or for making serious topics more casual and approachable.
Mimicking the loops and flourishes of a brush, the Bayamo typeface by Emil Bertell possesses an energetic personality that taps into the nostalgia for letterforms hand-crafted by pen and paint. The design features a number of contextual alternates, meaning that lowercase letters change depending on what's next to them-creating more varied word shapes, and lending the design more of a "hand-made feel." The typeface is a good choice for branding, packaging and headlines, and other environments where designs and companies need an attention-grabbing tone of voice.
Designed by Monotype type designer Jim Ford, the Hideout typeface celebrates quirkiness, blending aspects of a typical flared serif style with a square sans serif. The design's expressive angles demand to be used at large sizes, which reveal some of the details that lend it such charm. The Hideout typeface is also impressively adaptable, with 14 weights including a set of decorative alternates, and ghost versions that could have been taken straight from faded "Wanted" posters. There's even a few brick patterns and antique printers fists hidden in the font, for designers that really want to make the most of the typeface's quirks.
DIN Next Decorative
The original DIN typeface is a century-old design that has remained sturdy, reliable, recognizable and classic since its introduction. The DIN Next Decorative family is comprised of DIN Next Rust, DIN Next Shadow, DIN Next Stencil Rust and DIN Next Slab Rust. Created to push the DIN Next family beyond its famous sharp corners and smooth curves, the decorative cuts give the family's stern, industrial character some added personality.
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