Woburn, MA (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has released the 14-font Classic Grotesque™ suite of typefaces. Inspired largely by the Monotype® Grotesque design released in 1926, Classic Grotesque is the newest member of the Monotype collection available from Fonts.com.
Created by typeface designer Rod McDonald, Classic Grotesque imbues the aesthetic quality of the original Monotype Grotesque typefaces, the first sans serifs cut for hot-metal machine typesetting. According to McDonald, these were “‘hidden gems that deserved to be updated,” and today the result is Classic Grotesque.
Classic Grotesque includes seven weights that range from light to extra bold, each with a cursive italic complement – for a total of 14 styles. The family is available as OpenType® Pro fonts, allowing for the automatic insertion of ligatures, fractions and the alternate two-story ‘g’ and single-story ‘a’ design. Pro fonts also include an extended character set, which enables the setting of most Central European and many Eastern European languages.
“Designing Classic Grotesque was more complex than I had anticipated,” McDonald said. “This was largely because I was initially motivated solely by the early Monotype Grotesques. As a result, elements of the Arial® design – which also has its roots in the 1926 sans serif typefaces – kept intruding into my design. Then one day I realized that all I had to do was go back to the same typefaces that Monotype had used to develop the Grotesques. After that, Arial ceased to be a problem and I found myself working on a new design inspired by three classic sans serifs: the Ideal Grotesk, Venus™ and Monotype Grotesque designs. As if by magic, I also discovered that this was what I had wanted to do all along.”
“Thanks to the beautiful work of Rod McDonald, a new generation of 21st century graphic communicators and type lovers will be able to enjoy this modern version of a typeface based on influences from another era,” said Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. “McDonald masterfully orchestrated the interplay of weights within individual characters, making Classic Grotesque a strong, versatile performer even for the small screen.”
When asked about the intended uses for Classic Grotesque, McDonald answered, “Graphic and interactive designers will probably use Classic Grotesque in ways that I would never imagine. I’ve used pre-release versions of the family in ads and in books, and they worked remarkably well in both. I can’t think of many places where Classic Grotesque won’t perform well.”
About Rod McDonald
Since the beginning of his career in the mid-1970s, McDonald’s work – as a graphic designer, lettering artist, educator, historian and writer – has encompassed virtually every aspect of the typographic arts. Notably, he was among the first designers to switch to drawing typefaces on the computer in the mid-1980s, and he was soon providing custom fonts to ad agencies and design studios. McDonald’s commercial typefaces include the Cartier Book™ typeface design, his interpretation of Canada’s first typeface; the Laurentian™ family, a highly successful design originally developed for Maclean’s magazine; the Smart Sans™ typeface, named after Canadian design pioneer Sam Smart; the best-selling Slate™ and Egyptian Slate™ families; the ITC Handel Gothic™ design and the Gibson™ typeface, which McDonald produced in homage to the late designer, John Gibson.
The newest additions to the Classic Grotesque suite of typefaces may be purchased and downloaded from http://www.fonts.com, http://www.linotype.com and http://www.itcfonts.com. In addition, the new fonts are available as Web fonts for webpage design at Fonts.com Web Fonts. Customers may contact Monotype Imaging in the U.S. toll-free at 800-424-8973 or in Europe at 44-1737-765959 (U.K.). Linotype may be reached at 49-6172-484-418 (Germany). Customers from other parts of the world may dial 1-781-970-6020 (U.S.).
Read more about Classic Grotesque on Fonts.com. View SlideShare examples of Classic Grotesque here.
About Monotype Imaging
Monotype Imaging is a leading provider of typefaces, technology and expertise that enable the best user experience and ensure brand integrity. Based in Woburn, Mass., Monotype provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. The company's library and e-commerce sites are home to many of the most widely used typefaces – including the Helvetica®, Frutiger® and Univers® families – as well as the next generation of type designs. Further information is available at http://www.monotypeimaging.com.
Monotype is a trademark of Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Classic Grotesque, Laurentian, Smart Sans, Slate and Egyptian Slate are trademarks of Monotype Imaging Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Arial is a trademark of The Monotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Linotype and Univers are trademarks of Linotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Helvetica and Frutiger are trademarks of Linotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions in the name of Linotype Corp. or its licensee Linotype GmbH. ITC is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office any may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ITC Handel Gothic is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Cartier Book is a trademark of Rod McDonald and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Venus is a trademark of Bauer Types. OpenType is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Monotype Imaging Inc. All rights reserved.