Monotype Revives One of London's Most Iconic Typefaces

Marking the centennial of Johnston, the London transport network's iconic typeface, Monotype and Transport for London (TfL) today unveiled the forthcoming release of the newly designed Johnston100 typeface. Remastered by Monotype to bring back the original flavour of the Johnston design developed 100 years ago, Johnston100 expands the palette of the original typeface to embrace both contemporary typographic trends and new digital requirements. Johnston100 includes five weights of the design, including two brand new contemporary weights: hairline and thin, and will start to appearing across the TfL network later this year. Johnston was originally designed by Edward Johnston in 1916 and is instantly recognisable as the graphic language of London. Used across all trains and buses, station signage and wayfinding, Johnston is ingrained in the fabric of the city.

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Designer Jim Ford calls it ‘the typeface of the future… only yesterday’

The Posterama™ typeface condenses an entire century of futuristic reference points from art, architecture, poster design and science fiction into one family. Inspired by the 20th century fascination with visions of the future, the Posterama typeface is built on a collection of alternate glyphs drawn from design yesteryear that lend each of its eight upper-case styles its evocative flavour.

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Monotype Ying Hei™

Meet Monotype's Ying Hei (M Ying Hei™), a new family of Heiti with five weights, designed and built for performance.

M Ying Hei was designed by seasoned typeface designers Kenneth Kwok and Robin Hui to the highest standards. A minimal and contemporary design, M Ying Hei is free from extraneous details, with a well considered skeleton and refined stoke designs. M Ying Hei has a stable centroid, with character densities adjusted based on the number of strokes, providing an even texture and stable rhythm for continuous text. M Ying Hei conveys a professional, rational and efficient image for any document.

Eric Gill Series

The Eric Gill Series is a collection of 77 fonts in three families: Gill Sans® Nova, Joanna® Nova and Joanna Sans Nova. All the typefaces are derived from the original work of the influential British artist Eric Gill (1882-1940), acclaimed in his lifetime as a sculptor, letter-cutter and type designer. These are contemporary digital typefaces - with a wide range of weights, alternate characters and extended language support - that pay homage to Gill's original designs.

Introducing Monotype Spark™ Solution for beautiful, scalable type to devices of restricted resources…

Monotype Spark™ Solution extends beautiful, scalable type to wide ecosystem of devices. It enables scalable text, optimized for memory efficiency in products like wearables, medical and internet of things devices, and Low- to Mid-End automotive dashboard displays.

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Monotype and MIT AgeLab Develop SOA Methodology for Testing Typeface Legibility…

This new study uses an adapted Stimulus Onset Asynchrony (SOA) methodology to create a more flexible, cost- and time-effective way for designers to test specific typeface legibility under glance-like behavior - and help OEMs such as automotive manufacturers and HMI designers select a legible typeface for in-vehicle displays.

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