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Typekit: New Fonts from TypeTogether and Rui Abreu

We are thrilled to announce a full shelf of new releases at Typekit today. You can now get your hands on new fonts, extended families, and added desktop availability from two longtime Typekit foundry partners: TypeTogether and Rui Abreu. Let’s get to it:

Essay Text from TypeTogether

Essay Text from TypeTogether

The lovely Essay Text by Stefan Ellmer is a serif text face comprised of an upright and an italic. Drawing from the historical context of the Renaissance, the italic can act as a complement to the upright, or stand on its own as a text face. Both carry a calligraphic slant, more comparable to each other than is typical of this pairing. Don’t miss the stylistic alternates and other typographic and ornamental goodies hidden within. Both styles are available for desktop sync for Creative Cloud subscribers.

Abril Titling from TypeTogether

Abril Titling from TypeTogether

Welcome the newest addition to the Abril family: Abril Titling. A well-stocked font family in its own right (eight styles in four different widths), the letterforms, contrast, and spacing are revisions of Abril Text—sturdier than Abril Display, while more suitable than Abril Text for larger sizes, and more varied in available widths. All 32 styles are available for desktop sync!

We’ve also updated two other TypeTogether families, with italic versions of the geometric sans serif Soleil, and the casual slab serif Bree Serif. Both families are available for desktop sync.

Signo from Rui Abreu

Signo from Rui Abreu

Also new to Typekit is Signo from Rui Abreu. Signo’s reverse contrast letterforms (the horizontal strokes are heavier than the vertical strokes, contrary to most type designs) stand out when set in headlines and in editorial environments. The heavier horizontals also help the visual continuity of characters in lines of text. Aided by a high x-height, open counters, and TrueType hinting for some older Windows browsers, Signo also performs well in body copy. Select styles are available for desktop sync.

Grafolita Script from Rui Abreu

Grafolita Script from Rui Abreu

Rui’s warm, inviting Grafolita Script has an easy fluidity achieved by careful design of glyph-connecting finials and contextual alternates where connections make less sense. Grafolita Script comes in three weights, with alternate superscript underlines and special ligatures for “and” and “or” to lend it a touch of sign-painted whimsy. Grafolita Script Medium is available for desktop sync.

Azo Sans Uber and Azo Sans Bold from Rui Abreu

Azo Sans Uber and Azo Sans Bold from Rui Abreu

Azo Sans Uber is the ultra heavy display weight of Rui’s Azo Sans (shown in the last line of the sample above). It’s packed with personality, with contextual alternates like the R and Ys above that give the chunky sans serif an air of playfulness. Some styles of Azo Sans are also now available for desktop sync.

Rui’s popular typeface Gesta has now also been extended for use in Creative Cloud desktop sync. Check out Nick Cox’s excellent article “About Face: Gesta.”

Font families mentioned in this post, and their availability for web and desktop at Typekit:

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Have at ‘em! If you’ve never tried Typekit, sign up (it’s free!) and upgrade to a paid plan when you’re ready.

This post ran on the Typekit blog on Thursday May 29, 2014.

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Adobe Originals: 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years after Adobe Originals were introduced, they’re still setting the standard for typographic excellence.

In 1989 Adobe Garamond and Utopia, the first type designs from Adobe, were released and the Adobe Originals program was born. With Utopia, an original design, and Adobe Garamond, a historic revival that captured the essence of its models while offering all the advantages of contemporary typography, the release signaled to the design and type community that Adobe was serious about typography. Many of the typefaces released over the years have become timeless classics: Myriad, Minion, Trajan, Lithos, and Adobe Caslon are just a few examples that have withstood the test of time and will likely be widely used and respected for many years to come.

To celebrate 25 years of original type design at Adobe, later this month the newly combined Typekit and Adobe Type team will be launching a new blog series that will run throughout the summer. The series will share the history of type design at Adobe; showcase some of Adobe’s typefaces and designers; talk about how new technologies have, in recent years, changed type design at Adobe; and ask designers such as Stephen Coles, Marian Bantjes, and Jessica Hische to share their perspective on Adobe Originals.

But what celebration about type design would be complete without a new typeface? Beginning today, Adobe’s 100th typeface family, Source Serif, is available free as a thank you to our customers. Source Serif, designed as the companion to Adobe’s popular Source Sans typeface, lends itself to extended text on paper and on screen. For desktop and web use through Typekit’s free plan, it’s available to all Creative Cloud members, including trial users.

Source Serif, Adobe’s 100th typeface family. Designed by Frank Grießhammer.

Source Serif, Adobe’s 100th typeface family. Designed by Frank Grießhammer.

Source Serif is available in regular, semi-bold, and bold; additional weights and italics will be released at a later date.

Source Serif is available in regular, semi-bold, and bold; additional weights and italics will be released at a later date.


Read the Typekit blog to Learn more about today’s announcements, how to keep up with this summer’s Adobe Originals series, and where to get Adobe’s new open source typeface. And, to keep up with the upcoming Adobe Originals series, bookmark the RSS feed.

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Typekit: Extending Its Desktop Font Library to More Customers

TypekitBlog2 Starting today, all individual Creative Cloud members at all plan levels—including free trial memberships—will be able to sync fonts to their desktop applications. That means more than 130 great fonts to use in your favorite desktop apps, including Creative Cloud trial apps, older versions of the Creative Suite, and even non-Adobe applications.

 

Learn more about this collection of free desktop fonts and how to get started with Typekit on the Typekit blog.

From the League of Movable Type: League Gothic and Raleway; two typefaces available for desktop use from Typekit.

From the League of Movable Type: League Gothic and Raleway; two typefaces available for desktop use from Typekit.

 

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I AM THE NEW CREATIVE

Art directors are becoming animators. Print designers are becoming web designers. Illustrators are also photographers and editors who also shoot film. They are the New Creatives, and we are celebrating their work.

With the Creative Cloud our product teams have removed the barriers to creative expression: Designers can build parallax HTML5 experiences. Illustrators are making EPUBs. Photographers are using their cameras and Adobe technology to become filmmakers. And coders have the tools to make beautiful design.

It’s an amazing and interesting time in our industry; people have the ability to self-express, in any discipline, without boundaries. I Am The New Creative promotes the amazing work our community is producing and marks this moment in time as a movement and a celebration of creativity.

One of the most incredible aspects of this program has been watching creative professionals merge their mediums and their portraits to produce “New Creatives” versions of themselves.

There’s something magical about the compositions. As a designer there’s always a part of me in my work, but to personalize my work in this way, to make my work more representative of me, presents an alternative perspective. All of the artists we’re working with are enjoying this experience and are appreciative of our desire to promote their amazing creative output.

Our new site highlights the New Creatives, their disciplines, their work, and their stories.

Visitors to the site can join us and become New Creatives (submissions are made through Behance and curated by our team); we’ll be choosing a number of artists and celebrating them and their work throughout our social properties and on Adobe.com during the coming year.

 

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Be sure to check out the work of the New Creatives, get inspired, and join us.

AJ

Graphic Designer / Executive Creative Director / Maker of things

 

 

 

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Ideas That Changed Graphic Design

Fast Co.Design’s recent piece, “9 Ideas That Changed the Face of Graphic Design,” summarizes the outlet’s favorite ideas that made graphic design what it is today. Inspired by the book, 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design, authored by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne, below is Fast Co.Design’s shortlist.

Body Type

Pictograms

Pointing Fingers

Decorative Logo Types

Metaphoric Lettering

Texts as Images

Supreme Geometry

Dust Jackets

White Space

Here’s a look at some of the inspirational images depicting the 9 ideas above.

Graphic-DesignWhat do you think? Any you’d add to this list?

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Let’s Talk Type

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Typography is everywhere and we can’t get enough of it. Whether it’s an inspirational quote, a logo design, or the font on your favorite greeting card, typography allows you to express yourself, or shall we say, your “type.” Knowing this, we want to be at the forefront of your inspiration, which is why we’ve gathered some user-generated imagery paying tribute to the great art of typography. Visit our “What’s Your Type” Pinterest board to kern you and your right type closer together. Here’s a few that fuel our creativity:

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For other ways to discover your type, check out Typekit and Adobe Edge Web Fonts (powered by Typekit).

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Custom Hand Lettered Fonts in Web Design

Typography is one of the most important design elements in a website; it sets the tone and can make or break the whole design.  When choosing a font, there are hundreds of databases at your fingertips online. You can opt for a popular, reliable choice such as Helvetica, Rockwell or Future. Or you can scour the web for a new, unknown typeface. But have you ever considered creating your own?

Hand drawn fonts have the possibility of being richly specific and profoundly beautiful. This style allows for complete customization to fit the style and parameters of your web design. Here are just a few of great examples of hand lettering on the web.

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G’nosh

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Whitmans New York

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Kolonein

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Give Beyond Me

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Brand New Conference

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Amazee Labs

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War Child

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Full Frontal JavaScript Conference

Have you seen any great examples of hand-lettering in web design? Share with us in the comments below!

For more on web fonts, check out Typekit by Adobe – a part of the Creative Cloud membership.

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Fonts and Video Collide: Kinetic Typography

Rockwell-150x150Fonts, when used well, can be absolutely beautiful. However when many people think of typography, they likely envision some sort of poster or graphic design, or perhaps even web design. That said, there is something that makes fonts especially wonderful in video as the power of kinetic typography brings words and letters to life through movement.

Below are some examples of a few of our favorite fonts given the kinetic typography treatment. If you’d like to learn more about fonts check out Typekit, which will be included in the Creative Cloud membership.

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Rockwell from Jordan Clarke on Vimeo. (more…)

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Adobe Joins Pinterest

We’ve been sharing some amazing inspirational community work here on our blog, among other social platforms, but given how much is out there and quickly being shared, we’re excited to launch the presence of our official Adobe Pinterest profile to keep pace!

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Geometry Meets Design

Geo-2-150x150Whether you’re a math whiz or not, there’s no denying that geometry has always played a large role in design. Shapes relate to one another and provide context among the rest of the design, and they can help to illustrate moods and emotions that enable the artist to convey certain messages.

To celebrate the role of geometry in design, we’ve highlighted a few pieces that play with the ideas of shape and space. Tell us in the comments – what do you love most about geometry’s relationship with design? (more…)

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