Posts in Category "Awards"

October 17, 2013

Take it from Dr. Knuth: “The world of type is in good hands.”


Dr. Donald E. Knuth, esteemed Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and inventor of the TeX typesetting system, was awarded the third Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology and Digital Typography at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. The 57th annual conference of the Association Typographique Internationale, held October 9–13 at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square, drew hundreds of delegates from around the world.

The award was presented to Dr. Knuth on October 12 by its namesake, Dr. Peter Karow (URW); David Lemon (Adobe); and Frank E. Blokland (Dutch Type Library). Held during ATypI’s gala dinner at the Krasnapolsky’s Winter Garden, the presentation took place before an enthusiastic crowd well acquainted with the contributions Dr. Knuth has made to contemporary typography and computer programming. After feasting on an extravaganza of all things typographic, the awards presentation gave ATypI attendees a chance to celebrate the historic achievements and charming personality of one of the world’s greatest—and most beloved—computer scientists.

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September 24, 2013

Highlight: Dr. Donald E. Knuth

As we announced last week, Dr. Donald E. Knuth was unanimously chosen to receive the third Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology & Digital Typography. It would appear that we are not alone in thinking Dr. Knuth is rather amazing—since the award announcement, we’ve heard from his colleagues, friends, and fans from around the globe, congratulating the jury on making such a wise choice. Since Dr. Knuth is such an accomplished gentleman and scholar, we couldn’t limit his story to a single post. We’re delighted that Barbara Beeton, bug collector (aka TeX entomologist) for Dr. Knuth, was willing to share another chapter in his long and storied tale.


Dr. Donald E. Knuth is best known as a computer scientist, author of The Art of Computer Programming (often referred to by its acronym, TAOCP). A monumental undertaking originally projected to comprise seven volumes, TAOCP is intended to be an exposition of everything known about the subject. When Volume 1 was published in 1968, it was composed using the time-honored Monotype process, notable for its suitability for technical material.

The TAOCP project progressed smoothly for three volumes—published in 1968, 1969, and 1973—but advancements in the subject matter soon overtook the writing. When, in 1978, a second edition of Volume 2 was required, the Monotype was unfortunately dying out, replaced by newfangled “photocomposition.”

Dr. Knuth looked at his photo-typeset proofs in horror. Gone were the elegant text and math displays that exemplified a fine technical publication. In their place were pages full of words and symbols that, except for the use of typographic fonts, may as well have been prepared on a typewriter. This is not how Dr. Knuth felt his work should be presented to the world. He decided to take a break from writing and devise a method of harnessing zeros and ones to replicate the quality he knew possible from his experience with Monotype composition. Dr. Knuth guessed it might take six months, or at the outside, a year.

In the end, it took about ten years to create TeX (the composition software), Metafont (a program for creating fonts for use with TeX), and a collection of the fonts he needed to produce TAOCP, as well as a new approach to writing computer code—“literate programming.” Continue reading…

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September 17, 2013

Dr. Donald E. Knuth to be honored with third Dr. Peter Karow Award during ATypI Amsterdam

Dr. Don KnuthAdobe, in partnership with the Dutch Type Library, is pleased to announce that Dr. Donald E. Knuth has been named the recipient of the Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology & Digital Typography.

This prestigious award was established in 2003 by the Dutch Type Library (DTL) as a means to celebrate visionaries who have made exceptional innovations in the development of digital type and typography-related technology.

The inaugural award was presented to its namesake, Dr. Peter Karow, at the third DTL FontMaster Conference held near Den Bosch, The Netherlands, in 2003. Dr. Karow, one of the founders of URW Software & Type GmbH, invented Ikarus, the spline-based type design and production software developed to convert typefaces and logos from photographic film into scalable digital fonts and symbols.

The second Dr. Peter Karow Award was presented to Thomas Milo at the Type[&]Design 2009 Conference in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government. Thomas Milo and his DecoType team were honored for the Advanced Composition Engine (ACE), a revolutionary typographic technology designed to solve the formidable Arabic script shaping, kerning, and line layout challenges (ACE sits at the heart of the WinSoft Tasmeem plugin for Adobe InDesign Middle Eastern). The ACE font layout engine pioneered the “smartness” needed to support scripts that require a more thorough technology than their Latin counterparts. The Dutch government was represented at the award ceremony.

The third Dr. Peter Karow Award has been unanimously awarded to Dr. Knuth by this year’s jury: Dr. Karow, Thomas Milo (DecoType), David Lemon (Adobe), Peter Rosenfeld and Dr. Jürgen Willrodt (both URW++), and chairman Frank E. Blokland (DTL). Continue reading…

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March 11, 2010

Kazuraki is among the winning TDC2 2010 typeface designs!

As I mentioned in the Typblography article on January 2nd, 2010, the type designer of our groundbreaking new OpenType Japanese font, Kazuraki (かづらき), won an award in 2002 for her earlier, but similar, typeface design. I am very pleased to announce that Kazuraki, an Adobe Originals typeface design by Adobe’s own Ryoko Nishizuka (西塚涼子), recently won its first award, specifically that it is among the winning TDC2 2010 typeface designs.

We’d like to extend to Ryoko our sincere congratulations for this noteworthy and well-deserved achievement. 本当におめでとうございます! It is quite an honor to have her on our team.

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January 2, 2010

Kazuraki is now available!

Our groundbreaking new OpenType Japanese font, Kazuraki (かづらき), is now available for sale on our Type Showroom, including those for Japan, France, and Germany. Click here to be taken to the ordering page, which also includes links to its Specimen Book and Glyph Complement PDFs.

Kazuraki was designed by Adobe Systems’ Senior Typeface Designer, Ryoko Nishizuka (西塚涼子), which began as a typeface called Teika that won the Silver Prize in the Kanji Category at Morisawa’s 2002 International Typeface Competition.

Although Kazuraki is branded as a kana font, and includes a full complement of glyphs for hiragana and katakana, it also includes glyphs for 1,082 kanji, symbols, and punctuation, along with fifty vertical two-, three-, and four-character hiragana ligatures. A defining characteristic of Kazuraki is that is fully-proportional in both writing directions. Some glyphs are wider than they are tall, and vice versa, and this is reflected in the glyph metrics. Below is an example:


For those who wish to read about the production details, Adobe Tech Note #5901 is available, and a Japanese translation is provided.

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April 11, 2008

Type, Motion & Webby Awards

I and various of my Adobe colleagues were quite chuffed to learn that our interactive presentation “Type & Motion” has been nominated for a Webby award in the “Typography category! Congrats also to Energi Design who created this piece for us.

We’ll have to wait until May 8th to find out if it wins. In the meantime, note that you can vote yourself for the “People’s Voice” awards in each category. For example, to vote on “Best Use of Typography,” go to the main People’s Voice page, then navigate to Web Sites > Features > Best Use of Typography.

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April 18, 2006

TDC 2006 Winning Typefaces

The Type Directors Club in New York City recently announced its 14 winning entries from the TDC2 2006 type design competition. It’s always interesting to see the peak of quality and innovation in new typefaces.

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