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.
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.
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.