Typography Papers is the series of ‘continuing-but-not-annual’ publications which began in 1995 at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, as a place for serious writing on typography and related matters. It was conceived by Paul Stiff, who also edited most of the past issues. The ninth number, the latest to be issued, has been edited by Eric Kindel and Paul Luna.
Neacademia is an extremely well-researched revival from Sergei Egorov. As every typographic novice knows, it used to take years to finish a set of metal founts. Being a faithful revival project, Neacademia is in no rush for completion either, maturing like a good wine along the way. Yet, today, two years and two months after the release of the Text sorts, we give you Neacademia Display.
It has been a long tradition for foundries to produce type specimens. Printed specimens worked as a means of evaluating metal founts, a commodity otherwise very heavy and hard to test. Digital fonts have been previewed by means of printed specimens and online by means of PDF specimens, various slideshow carousels and online testers.
Today we release Skolar version 3.0. It brings support for Vietnamese in all weights (both Latin Pro and PE), improved composition for polytonic Greek and extended Latin, new monetary symbols, and, for typographic aficionados, the long-missing primes!
In 2012 Jenny Stuttard, a Graphic Design student at Liverpool John Moores University, contacted David Březina with a few questions about how we create harmony between different writing systems, and how we determine its success. She also wanted to know to what extent Latin typography had influenced non-Latin type design.
Type design has become a virtualised, one-man/woman profession. Besides the many benefits (such as working in pyjamas all day) it can also make type-people feel detached, losing touch with the wider context of their work. At Rosetta we do not subscribe to that and so we took deliberate action to remedy such potential apathy.
The group of people behind Aksharaya organised an amazing collection of Indian newspapers. This was exhibited during this year’s Typography day at IIT Bombay.
Last year in January we started Rosetta Type Foundry with the hope of improving support for some of the world scripts and to release high-quality multi-script typefaces. It seems appropriate to look back after this first and busy year, sum it up, and perhaps hint at what is coming next.
Skolar fonts in our library have been updated to the most recent version (2.5). This version includes extended language support and kerning, and in the PE version a vast amount of Latin transliteration support.
In 2007 a two-day conference about non-Latin typefaces was held at the Department of Typography & Graphics Communication, University of Reading. The accompanying exhibition was the first of its kind showing items from both institutions and some private collections. It included historical type specimens, technical drawings, sketches, photographs, all relating to non-Latin typefaces.