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Bitstream Releases Ninth Set of Fonts from NFC ProgramIncludes OpenType display and text fonts from international designers (June 17, 2004)
Bitstream Inc. announced today that it is releasing its ninth set of fonts from the New Font Collection (NFC) program. The new release features display and text fonts from designers Robert Bell, Ray Cruz, Oleg Karpinsky, Hajime Kawakami, Thomas Oldfield and Allen Zuk. All of the fonts are available in OpenType format.
The following typefaces are featured in the NFC release for the second quarter of 2004:
* Ecliptica family, by Robert Bell
* Fat Albert family, by Ray Cruz
* Hombre, by Thomas Oldfield
* Irakly family, by Oleg Karpinsky
* Kooky, by Allen Zuk
* Wavy Rounded, by Hajime Kawakami
All fonts are available in OpenType format, which is supported in Mac OS X and Windows XP and 2000. They are also available in PostScript Type 1 format for Windows or the Macintosh.
Fonts are available for purchase:
“This release has an international flavor to it, continuing our drive to feature designers worldwide. We’re premiering fonts from new typographers to the NFC as well as our tried and true veterans,” explains Jim Lyles, Director of Typographic Development at Bitstream. “All fonts are available in OpenType versions, continuing our commitment to the font format of the future. I’m very excited about the designs in this collection. Allen Zuk’s Kooky lives up to its name, with characters that jump above and below the baseline. Similarly, Wavy Rounded, a hip display font from Hajime Kawakami, creates fun visual waves. Of course we have classic releases, too. A family consisting of a light and bold weight, Oleg Karpinsky's Irakly conveys an unfamiliar elegance. Ecliptica from Robert Bell is a family of five fonts that work well with one another. And what would an NFC release be without the far-out renderings of Ray Cruz and Thomas Oldfield? Ray’s fonts – Fat Albert Regular, Outline and Shadow – are bold poster types that evoke the fun and funk of an era gone by. And Thomas’ Hombre is a font with a lot of character that evokes the American Wild West. Giddy up! The NFC continues to thrive on the inspired works of these and other veteran designers and to seek new designers from across the globe.”
About the Designers
Ecliptica is an extended family of 5 very condensed typefaces in a single bold weight. The creation of Australian designer Robert Bell, Ecliptica has a Sans, a Semi-Serif, a Serif and a Cursive that can be used with any of the other three styles. As an added bonus, Robert also designed a modern Blackletter companion. The Ecliptica family is an unusual layout of styles and all work equally well with one another. The OpenType versions of the Ecliptica fonts support an extended Latin character set that includes a full array of fractions as well as ‘f’ ligatures. The Sans and Cursive fonts contain some cap and lowercase alternates. Mr. Bell is a prolific designer. This is the first of several typeface families by Mr. Bell that will be published by Bitstream.
Lettering artist extraordinaire Ray Cruz releases another typeface family, this time inspired by 1970s pop culture. Fat Albert Regular, Outline and Shadow are bold poster types that evoke the fun and funk of an era gone by. You can easily tell that Mr. Cruz has spent his early design years in New York City, when display headlines were king. The Shadow font is especially fun to work with. Fat Albert is the second in a series of font families from Mr. Cruz. In addition to Cruz Cantera, released in 2002, look for Vera Cruz and Homeland to be released by Bitstream.
Perhaps one of the more difficult typeface styles to space convincingly, Irakly, a serif-sans by Russian designer Oleg Karpinsky, imparts an unfamiliar elegance. The odd mixture of superficial details such as the half serifs and the protruding horizontal strokes confuse your visual senses, yet the simple geometric roots of the letterforms are apparent and ultimately reassuring. Irakly Light and Bold make a great addition to any library. The OpenType versions have alternates that are more conservative in design and broaden the usefulness of the typefaces.
Wavy Rounded is a stylized sans serif display typeface by Japanese designer Hajime Kawakami. Some of the characters possess quirky features that randomly create fun visual ‘waves.’ There is a handful of alternate characters including an old style figure set in the OpenType version. Mr. Kawakami is passionate about Latin typeface design. In 1990, he was awarded an Honorable Mention in the prestigious Morisawa International Design Competition.
Thomas Oldfield of the U.K. dreams of the American Old West. Since he is so far removed from it in both time and space, he created this font to pacify his yearnings. For a fist full of dollars, Hombre can be yours, and for a few dollars more, you can stake a claim to Hombre Extra, which has a few illustrations in it. Good, bad or ugly, whichever way you see it, just saddle up and ride this pony. Mr. Oldfield has several other horses in his stable that are just itching to get out and run. Look for them on the not-too-distant horizon.
A newcomer to Bitstream’s stable of designers, Canadian Allen Zuk offers up his new typeface Kooky. Living and working in London since 2000, Mr. Zuk wanted to create a typeface that evoked imperfection by using alternate glyphs. The OpenType version of this bold, casual flareserif design features caps and lowercase characters that automatically jump above and below the baseline as you type. Even the ligatures jump in on the fun.
About the New Font Collection (NFC)
Bitstream announced the New Font Collection (NFC) program in August of 2000. The current Bitstream Typeface Library has been a mainstay of the graphic design community for 20 years. Bitstream felt the time had come to begin a new collection of typefaces, not only to add fonts to the library but, more importantly, to seek out designs from both new and established designers. To pursue those goals, Bitstream established the New Font Collection program.
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) is a software development company that focuses on the presentation of data. Bitstream enables customers worldwide to render high-quality text, browse the Web on wireless devices, select from the largest collection of fonts online, and customize documents over the Internet. Its core competencies include font technology, browsing technology, e-commerce technology, and publishing technology. You can visit Bitstream on the Web at www.bitstream.com.
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