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Monotype Imaging is a leading provider of advanced font products specializing in font technologies, type design, multilingual font development & licensing and software development for mobile phones. The Monotype Imaging team is renowned for its TrueType and OpenType font expertise, and can tune fonts for on-screen legibility in Microsoft Windows as well as Digital TV, Set Top Boxes, Mobile Phones, Game Consoles, Embedded Systems, Consumer Electronics and other devices.

Ascender brings distinguished Hallmark™ fonts to market

Thursday, September 30, 2010

We are proud to announce that fonts from the Hallmark Design Collection are now available from Ascender!

For more than four decades, Hallmark Cards has created typefaces influenced by art, fashion and popular culture. These fonts were developed by Hallmark specifically for proprietary use in greeting cards, framed sentiments and other forms of social expression.

Ascender worked with the Hallmark lettering and font development team to develop high quality TrueType and OpenType versions with a full complement of glyphs that today’s creative professionals and software developers require. The fonts in the Hallmark Design Collection feature an impressive lineup of both formal and informal script and handwriting styles, including many with multiple weights.

Starting today, these distinguished fonts are available from Ascender on its various websites: - instant downloads for creatives to install on their personal computers. - web fonts for use with CSS @font-face by web designers & developers. - licensing to software developers & hardware manufacturers to include fonts with their products.

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Matthew Carter named as a 2010 MacArthur Fellow !

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Matthew Carter, the designer of Georgia, Verdana, Nina and many other typefaces for print and the screen, was announced today as one of 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2010 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. There is a very nice article on the MacArthur website including a video interview.

Matthew is the second type designer to be named a MacArthur Fellow. The first was Chuck Bigelow, co-designer of the Lucida family of fonts, in August 1982.

MacArthur Fellows demonstrate exceptional creativity and promise, and it is quite an honor to be recognized by the Foundation. Congratulations Matthew!


Typographer was a drummer

Friday, September 3, 2010 it or not, before Steve Matteson (Ascender's Type Director) started drawing typefaces for a living, he was a drummer in a band called The Bridge. Here is the font cowboy himself caught on some rare footage that was recently released ... View the "Departure Song" video