New DTL newspaper fonts
[Posted: Friday 2 November 2012]
Daily roughly 1 million copies of in total seven regional newspapers are published by the Dutch company Koninklijke Wegener (‘Royal Wegener’) . This includes newspapers like Brabants Dagblad, Eindhovens Dagblad, DeStem en de Gelderlander. Since 2006 all seven titles are typeset in typefaces especially developed for newspaper printing: dtl Albertina News, dtl Caspari News and dtl Porta News.
As part of a redesign currently new versions of dtl Caspari News and dtl Porta News are under development at the Dutch Type Library. Both type families get additional display versions for the headlines. The famous art director and experienced specialist on newspaper design Mark Porter advises the Wegener team led by Erik Gigengack.
The new redesigned editions will be released Spring 2013. The dtl newspaper fonts will become available for the enduser market also then.
Global Font Conference
[Posted: Friday 12 October 2012]
dtl’s (long term) German partner urw++ Design und Development has put information online concerning the urw++ Global Fonts Konferenz. The subtitle of the conference is Schriftdesign und Fonttechnik für globale Projekte. Experts in the ﬁeld of global and corporate fonts, i.e. designers, programmers and type marketeers, will speak about the design aspects, technical requirements and the appliance of global fonts. The talks will be in German.
The conference will take place at the East Hotel Hamburg on 22 November 2012. Attending the conference is without any costs and the lunch and beverages are for free. The number of seats is limited though, so a reservation by e-mail or fax is requested. Details can be found on forenamed conference web page.
New DTL TypeTester
[Posted: Monday 1 October 2012]
After years of faithful service, we replaced the good old Flash-based dtl TypeTester with a new one that directly shows TrueType font ﬁles. With the old one basically only the ascii set could be typed, and above all it did not work under Apple’s iOS due to the lack of Flash support.
The new dtl TypeTester makes use of the TypeShow software and hence, as mentioned, of actual TrueType font ﬁles. Using the appropiate keyboard drivers, also Eastern European, Cyrillic, and Greek character sets can be typed when available. We made a start with uploading these font variants
[Posted: Saturday 15 September 2012]
Over time the Dutch Type Library got quite a number of inquiries concerning academic discounts on our font tools, like dtl OTMaster, FontMaster, and CompareMaster. We have updated the dtl FontTools Shop with special education pricing now.
The academic discount amounts 50% on the standard end user price of all dtl font tools. What makes these academic licenses special, is that they are valid for an unlimited period. This basically implies that after students graduate the licenses will be valid still. If there are updates during the study period, academic licensees are entitled to receive these for free. However, please note that the update price for former students is higher than the standard one, so that the difference in pricing with ‘regular’ licenses will be equalized at the end when the tools will be applied professionally.
Because especially our ﬂagship product dtl OTMaster is such a useful addition to any font production tool for professionals and students –if only because of the subsetting of OpenType Layout features– lecturers can obtain an otm (full version) license for a testing period of half a year for free.
For inquiries please contact us via e-mail.
DTL: new on social media
[Posted: Wednesday 27 June 2012]
To serve the roughly 5000 dtl customers in more than 50 countries all over the world even better, the Dutch Type Library has just entered the social media universe. Information on dtl can be found on facebook and Twitter, and also via an rss feed now. Obviously the icons on top of this column form the links.
The orange at sign on a dark royal blue, which makes the special dtl icon used on the social media, is part of the new branding labelled @ExquisiteFonts. This branding underlines even more the ultimate exclusivity of the dtl typefaces for either corporate design, book design, or web design. The domain ‘exquisitefonts.com’ has been recently registered by the Dutch Type Library.
Awarded CD booklets
[Posted: Monday 11 June 2012]
Since 1926 in the Netherlands every year a contest is organized under the name Best Verzorgde Boeken, which can be translated as ‘Best Prepared Books’. As one can read on the related web site, during the evaluation the emphasis is not by deﬁnition placed purely on the design: ‘Each well-made book is a meeting between content and material, the result of a cooperation between a commissioner (mostly a publisher), a designer and the graphic industry.’
From a submission of usually more than 400 books a selection is made of 33 books at maximum. The formation varies per year, but basically the ﬁve-member jury is a mixture of publishers, designers, people from the graphic industry, and someone from more outside the ﬁeld, like a book historian, or a museum curator.
From the 1990’s, every year one or more of the awarded books are typeset in a dtl typeface. The recently published selection for the year 2011 is no exception. A beautiful series of booklets accompanying cd’s, on which classical music is combined with storytelling, has been awarded. The design is by the Amsterdam-based studio bockting ontwerpers and different illustrators and authors worked on the (still ongoing) project. The applied typeface is dtl Antares.
DTL Haarlemmer street signs
[Posted: Monday 11 June 2012]
Since a couple of years new street signs are placed in the city of Haarlem for which dtl Haarlemmer is used. The design agency Bureau Arjan Karssen selected the seriffed version for the street signs in the historic city, and the accompanying sans serif is used on two different signs for the pre and post World War ii parts of the city.
The new designs are an attempt to halt the proliferation of street sign variants in Haarlem. Arjan Karssen worked on this project together with Bas van Vuurde, who is a former student of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Both designers brought dtl Haarlemmer back to the city where the typeface originally was designed by Jan van Krimpen (1892–1958), who worked and lived in the city of Haarlem.
Harmonics, Patterns, Dynamics
[Posted: Wednesday 28 March 2012]
There is a new blog providing information related to (dtl’s founder) Frank E. Blokland’s PhD research at Leiden University, of which the title is Harmonics, Patterns, and Dynamics in Formal Typographic Representations of the Latin Script | The regularization, standardization, systematization, and unitization of roman type since its Renaissance origin until the Romain du Roi. The blog contains fragments of this research, mostly presented as ‘notes on’.
The question on which Blokland’s research is meant to ﬁnd an answer, is whether –and if so, to which extent– the harmonics, patterns, and dynamics of formal grapheme systems in use to represent the Latin script since the invention of movable type, are the result of standardizations and systematizations of the production process of Renaissance printing type (centuries before documented regularizations were applied on the Romain du Roi).
This research comprises some controversial aspects, because it questions for instance the mythical ‘eye’ of the type designer. The skills of type designers have been mystiﬁed since the early days of punch-cutting. For instance Pierre Simon Fournier emphasized the role of the ‘eye’ in his Manuel Typographique from 1764–1766, when he criticized the attempts of Jaugeon and his colleagues to standardize the design of the Romain du Roi: ‘These gentlemen would have been well advised to a single rule which they established, which is chieﬂy to be guided by the eye, the supreme judge […].’
Blokland’s research also questions to which extent handwritten letters played a role in the development of roman type. Is it possible that the writing models currently in use to educate the basics of type design, which are often related to Edward Johnston's Foundational hand, and used to prove that roman type ﬁnds its origin in the patterns and structures of writing, actually show a standardization that was the result of the production process of the archetypes by Nicolas Jenson and Francesco Griffo? If this turns out to be the case, then the writing models are used for circular logic.
Announcing KM 2012
[Posted: Wednesday 30 November 2011]
A new version of dtl KernMaster (km) for Mac os X, Windows, and Linux is in its ﬁnal stage of development. The programmers at urw++ in Hamburg, Germany, are working hard to ﬁnish the production, and the release of KernMaster 2012 is scheduled for Spring next year.
The ‘old’ KernMaster was tailored for a dtl FontMaster based font production, hence it only supports be (Bézier) and ik (ikarus) ﬁles. The new km 2012 works directly with OpenType fonts also, and it is very much features-ﬁle oriented. The resulting kerning can be merged with the original OpenType font data directly.
The general idea behind km is that the kerning generation should be controlled via parametrization, and that the outcomes should be (almost) completely reproducible. Besides kerning also spacing can be generated with km 2012.
On the Typophile forum there was a discussion on the functionality of dtl KernMaster recently.
‘Wine-wrapped’ version of FM
[Posted: Wednesday 30 November 2011]
A ‘Wine-wrapped’ version of dtl FontMaster (fm) Light 2.7.0 is now available for Mac os X as a free download.
Wine is an open source program which uses Win16- and Win32- api’s for running applications written for Windows under other operating systems. Currently there is only a Windows version of fm, but an installer has been generated for Intel Macs running Mac os 10.5, 10.6, and 10.7, which installs FM Light 2.7.0 for Windows directly in the Mac os Applications folder. Because the stuff is ‘Wine-wrapped’ one does not need to install any additional software, or to start up the X Windows System ﬁrst.
Besides a few minor issues, which are described in the Read Me ﬁle, the wrapped version seems to run pretty stable and fast. The only downside of the wrapping is the hefty 330 mb, which is used by the application on the hard disk.
As a bonus, the included dtl TraceMaster version is fully functional.
DTL @ 2011 Reykjavik: update
[Posted: Tuesday 4 October 2011]
Arriving at the Keﬂavík International Airport is for dtl people a bit like coming home, because the signage there is typeset in dtl Argo. Gerard Unger’s wonderful sans serif is in use at the Icelandic airport for roughly a decade now. It was interesting to see that the signage was intensively photographed also by other visitors of the ATypI conference in Reykjavik.
The talks by Dr. Jürgen Willrodt on the two new dtl/urw++ positional editors, which are currently under development, and on dtl OTMaster were well attended, as were the talks by Frank Steitiya (who replaced Peter Rosenfeld) on global fonts and by Frank E. Blokland on parametrized type design. Also Blokland’s talk in the main conference program on The mythical eye of the type designer was very successful.
On Thursday 15 September 2011 Fontlab Ltd.’s Adam Twardoch gave a talk titled OpenType Mastering, in which he described how dtl OTMaster can be incorporated in a Fontographer or FontLab Studio workﬂow. This was described as follows in the conference program guide: ‘Fontographer is a bit like the guitar or piano of a type designer – it focuses on the creative aspects of making fonts. FontLab Studio offers creative tools and a fair bit of engineering gear. But dtl OTMaster is a true font engineering tool that allows you to control the ﬁnal quality of your digital font ﬁles. In this talk, Adam will show how these three applications can play hand in hand.’
A more detailed report on the Reykjavik conference will be published shortly on the main news page.
PI Expert Class Exhibition
[Posted: Monday 29 August 2011]
From 10 September until 2 October 2011, Expert class Type design (EcTd) 2010–2011 students of the Plantin Institute for Typography will show their work at the famous Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp. The title of the exhibition is De magie van het letterontwerpen | Van schets tot digitale letter (The magic of type design | From sketch to digital type).
The students’ work is presented and explained on large panels, printed by Agfa. Also original sheets showing different stages of the design processes are displayed in showcases.
The EcTd course takes place at the Museum Plantin-Moretus yearly. It spans ten teaching days spread over roughly eight months. In between the lessons the students have to work at home on their projects. The lecturer is dtl’s founder Frank E. Blokland.
As one can read at the website of the Plantin Society:‘The Expert class Type Design given by the Plantin Institute of Typography examines the “secrets” of contemporary representations of the Latin script (capital, roman and cursive) in detail. The underlying harmonic, proportional and rhythmic structures of characters and the typographical conventions and rules derived from them are analyzed and dissected.’
The exhibition is sponsored by (in alphabetical order) Agfa, Dutch Type Library, and the Museum Plantin-Moretus.
On Typophile some more information can be found here.
New: DTL OTMaster 2.4
[Posted: Tuesday 28 June 2011]
A new version of otm has become available. The new functionality comprises improved export of OpenType layout features, a couple of enhancements in the otf Consistency Checker and the options to change the table version numbers in the ‘post’ and ‘gasp’ headers.
In otm 2.4 the interpretation of the OpenType layout tables has been much improved; checking and editing of exported features ﬁles is not required anymore. The exported ﬁles can be read-in directly without any alterations now. And although the way the exported features are listed could be different (due to the inevitable interpretation of the binary tables) from the features-description that was used for generating the font originally, the functionality should be completely identical.
The otf Consistency Checker in otm 2.4 contains a new, extensive, ‘Language’ section, which can be used to list and print the (missing) glyphs that a font supports for a speciﬁc language.
The ‘post’ table version can be changed now from version 2 to 3 and vice versa, and the ‘gasp’ table version from version 0 to 1 and vice versa.
There is an introduction discount of 30% on the standard price (€ 255) until the ﬁrst of September in the FontTools Shop.
DTL @ 2011 Reykjavik
[Posted: Friday 17 June 2011]
The Dutch Type Library and German partner urw++ Design & Development will be present at the coming ATypI conference, which will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 14 to 18 September 2011. The event is scheduled at the new Harpa Concert Hall, located by the old harbor (see photo).
The ﬁve days conference will start with two days of seminars and workshops arranged in two tracks. On Thursday 15 September the morning sessions are ﬁlled in with talks by urw++’s Peter Rosenfeld and Dr. Jürgen Willrodt, presenting talks on global fonts, OpenType and two new dtl/urw++ positioning editors, and a talk by Dutch Type Library’s founder Frank E. Blokland on parametrized type design. Additionally Finnish type designer Hanna Hakala will give a presentation on the designing of Cyrillic characters, and she will show her new typeface dtl Valiance.
On Friday 16 September Frank E. Blokland will open the main ATypI conference program with a heretic talk on the patterns and structures in type, and the relation between grapheme systems and perception, titled The mythical eye of the type designer.
ZDF kultur Nobel
[Posted: Tuesday 9 May 2011]
On the 7th of May 2011 the German public broadcaster zdf launched the new digital channel zdf.kultur.
The corporate identity of this cultural channel, which is a relaunch of the zdftheaterkanal, was created by the Munich based design agency Luxlotusliner.
The typeface selected by Luxlotusliner for the zdf.kultur channel is an adaptation of dtl Nobel especially made by the Dutch Type Library according to the speciﬁcations of the Munich design agency: zdf kultur Nobel.
DTL in 50+ countries
[Updated: Tuesday 19 April 2011]
The fonts of the Dutch Type Library are successfully applied all over the world. Since 1990 the Dutch Type Library has directly delivered the exclusive dtl fonts to numorous customers in more than ﬁfty countries now:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faro Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Venezuela.
Doyald Young, 1926–2011
[Posted: Monday 7 March 2011]
On the 28th of February the eminent lettering artist and (logo)type designer Doyald Young passed away at the age of 84. Young was renowned for his elaborate craftsmanship and his elegant and characteristic ‘dangerous’ curves.
In 2008 Doyald Young published the book Dangerous Curves, which he described as an attempt ‘to show both emerging and expert designers how, in an age of computer-dominated design, the designer can turn to their very own hands for both inspiration and solution’. This book was preceded by Logotypes & Letterforms (1993) and Fonts & Logos (1999). In this publications Young described his vision on lettering and type design, showing his own and other’s typefaces and the numerous successful logo’s he made for companies, packaging and events.
Besides a proliﬁc designer, Doyald Young also was a lecturer for more than 30 years at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He was awarded by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (aiga) with the Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2009 and with the 2010 sota Typography award by the Society of Typographic Aﬁcionados: ‘Recognized for demonstrating the power of a lifelong love of the craft of calligraphy, type and graphic design, for his contributions as an author and for his dedication as an educator’.
The people who had the privilege to have met and known him, will remember Doyald Young not only as a tremendously skilled craftsman, proliﬁc designer, and a highly inspiring lecturer, but also as a very kind person, a real gentleman.
@font-face is here!
[Posted: Thursday 2 December 2010]
Recently the typography of this site has been improved using @font-face bundles (ttf, eot, woff, svg) of dtl Argo stw (sans serif) and dtl Antares stw (serif) and doing so, we also removed some deprecated xhtml elements. The perfectly crafted dtl fonts appear as harmonically and rhythmically strong on screen as they do in print. Of course, the dtl fonts make typographic reﬁnements on the web possible, such as the appliance of old style ﬁgures and small caps.
The recent editions of most modern browsers, including Safari, Firefox and Chrome, support the @font-face style property. Unfortunately Internet Explorer 8 doesn’t handle the applicable css3 code correctly (a comma-delimited list of fonts is not supported) and ie 8 only supports the eot format, so Windows users who want to see this web site in full glory should use Firefox, or will have to wait for the ofﬁcial release of Internet Explorer 9. Alternatively the latest platform preview of ie 9 could be installed. Internet Explorer 9 seems to support the @font-face rule properly and on top of that also supports the woff format.
If the new fonts don’t show up immediately in Safari or Chrome by the way, clearing the caches should help (its is a good thing to do this on a regular basis anyway, to ensure that the browsers are working at optimal speed).
The Dutch Type Library is convinced that webfonts especially will become an important part of corporate identities and that the nearing browser-wide support of the @font-face rule will generate a break-thru for webfonts. Of course, the currently partly limited support of the @font-face rule can be circumvented by applying for instance the Cufón format, which is also available from dtl.
More info on the dtl webfonts can be found here.
FontLab Ltd. & DTL OTMaster
[Posted: Monday 18 October 2010]
Fontlab Ltd. announces the availability of dtl OTMaster 2.3 for Mac os X and Windows on fontlab.com, the leading online store for font-related software products.
Ted Harrison, President of Fontlab Ltd.: ‘We are thrilled to add dtl OTMaster to our product offering on fontlab.com. This release marks the beginning of our collaboration with Dutch Type Library and urw++. Dutch Type Library is renowned for their excellent high-quality dtl typefaces, while urw++ has pioneered the ﬁeld of font technology with the development of Ikarus, the world’s ﬁrst digital outline font editor, in 1975, and has continued to develop high-quality fonts and font-related products ever since. On the other hand, Fontlab Ltd. is the home of FontLab Studio, Fontographer, TypeTool and TransType, which today rank amongst the most popular font-related products worldwide. We believe that our combined expertise will contribute to improving the overall quality of fonts and typography, and we are looking forward to further collaboration with dtl and urw++.’
The Dutch Type Library and urw++ Design & Development are highly pleased that FontLab Ltd. added dtl OTMaster to its product offering and very much welcome this cooperation, which deﬁnitely will lead to further innovation in the world of fonts and font tools.
DTL LetterModeller 3.0.1
[Posted: Monday 20 September 2010]
A new version (3.0.1) of dtl LetterModeller is available for free downloading now. LeMo is a ﬁrst step towards the automation of type design processes, based on the underlying models for grapheme systems. Sliders can be used for parameterizing the letterforms. Modiﬁed letters can be saved in the .be and .ik formats and further processed with dtl Bezier- and IkarusMaster (Light) or exported in the eps and svg formats.
From the moment on that the invention of movable type was introduced in Renaissance Italy and the subsequent ﬁxation, formalization, sublimation and standardization of letterforms –which found their origin in the chirographic practice–, all formal letterforms developed for the purpose of text setting have always been derivatives in one way or another from the early ﬁxated models, i.e., archetypes, by Nicolas Jenson and Francesco Griffo. Subsequently the ‘rules’ for the derivatives, i.e., the conventions, are set by the harmonics, patterns and dynamics of the archetypes. Deviations (in shape, contrast, contrast ﬂow and contrast sort) from these rules can only be explained and described or even judged, using clear descriptions of the harmonics, patterns, etc.
Script related rules for harmony and rhythm are not universal, but culturally bound and deﬁned matters. Subsequently matters like conventions and even legibility are directly related and restricted to the underlying models and can only be judged against the models themselves. Specialist software developed with this hypothesis in mind, can make the judging and mapping easier.
Part of the new functionality in LeMo 3.0.1. is the support for skeleton, i.e. heart line fonts. The construction of the Humanistic minuscule, of which the primary harmonic model (phm) for the minuscule part (‘lower case’) is a stripped version, i.e. the superﬂuous elements are removed, is the result of Mediaeval canalization/formalization by the broad nib (determined by friction and preferred contrast-ﬂow) of repetitive movements, which date back to the time of the Romans. The capitals however, ﬁnd their origin in the heart line construction applied by the Greeks, which were adapted for writing with a ﬂat brush by the Romans without signiﬁcant changes in their construction. Hence the basis of these capitals can’t be formed by a model comparable with the phm.
The Pen thickness parameter is supported now. Auto spacing based on the rhythmic system is automatically applied on the letters from the primary harmonic model.
Stained glass & lettering
[Posted: Friday 6 August 2010]
As part of the restoration of the Pieterskerk at Leyden, The Netherlands, the stained glass windows, which date back to the former restoration of the 1950’s are replaced by new ones. A relatively large number of these new windows get a stained glass lettering by dtl’s founder Frank E. Blokland. To sponsor the restoration one can buy the placement of ones name (or somebody else’s) in the windows. For this purpose Blokland designed a special version of dtl Haarlemmer, of which the letter-angle is adjusted to the lead lines which hold the small pieces of stained glass together.
On YouTube a short ﬁlm (Dutch spoken) is placed, which shows the restoration of the church and the design and production of the lettering.
FM Track at Dublin
[Posted: Friday 6 August 2010]
The program for the fm Track at the ATypI conference at dublin (8–12 September 2010) is available here as pdf for downloading.
(Photo by Hans-Peter Bock [licensed under cc-by])
OTM in AFDKO
[Posted: Wednesday 9 June 2010]
Information about and a link to dtl OTMaster, the internationally praised application for reviewing, editing and altering tables and contours of fonts with a sfnt ﬁle structure, will be part of the coming release of the Adobe Font Developers Kit for OpenType (afdko).
DTL Prokyon & phones
[Posted: Wednesday 9 June 2010]
The New Zealand based phone company Two Degrees Mobile Limited (better known as 2degrees) has selected dtl Prokyon for their corporate identity. 2degrees is New Zealand’s newest mobile company, but, as can be read on the 2degreesweb site, the company has been active for some time: ‘we’ve been around a little while, and we’ve been busy. Over the last few years we’ve spent over usd 250 million constructing a brand new mobile network in New Zealand’.
DTL OpenType upgrades
[Posted: Tuesday 8 June 2010]
Since it became available a couple of years ago, the dtl OpenType Upgrade Program is a success. Over the past decade the Dutch Type Library has been working on the conversion of the dtl type library to the OpenType format and the development of specialized highly professional font tools, such as dtl FontMaster and dtl OTMaster for this purpose.
New BAM download page
[Posted: Tuesday 8 June 2010]
dtl Argo has been the corporate identity typeface for the Royal bam Group since many years. Companies belonging to the group, subsidiaries and design agencies working for bam have access to a proprietary download page, from which –under strict conditions– selected weights and styles of dtl Argo can be downloaded in different font formats. Recently the download page was updated and moved to a different web address.
To have access to the dtl Argo downloads for bam, please contact the Dutch Type Library.
DTL at ATypI conference
[Posted: Tuesday 11 May 2010]
From 8 to 12 September 2010 the yearly ATypI conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland under the title ‘The Word’. The main conference will be preceded by two days of (technical) workshops, seminars and meetings (‘Preface’).
DTL typefaces for the web
[Posted: Monday 10 May 2010]
From this date on, all dtl typefaces can be acquired in four special font formats for the web, namely eot (Embedded OpenType), woff (Web Open Font Format), Cufón and sifr.
Expertclasses Type design
[Posted: Friday 7 May 2010]
From the end of September 2010 on at the Plantin Society in Antwerp, Expertclasses on type design will be given by Frank E. Blokland, dtl founder and Senior Lecturer ‘Letters’ at the Royal Academy of Art (kabk), The Hague.
More info can be found at the PG website.
Coming soon: FM 3.0
[Posted: Wednesday 5 May 2010]
A new version (3.0) of fm is on the brink of release. The main new functionality is the support of the latest build of the Adobe Font Developers Kit for OpenType (afdko) version 2.5.