We’ve been busy adding new fonts to the library! We’d like to introduce The Northern Block, our newest foundry partner. We’ve also added new fonts from one of our existing favorites, Paratype, and we’re excited to share that all Paratype fonts are now available for sync as well as web use.

New foundry partner: The Northern Block

The Northern Block is based in the UK and was founded in 2006 by Jonathan Hill. The foundry’s large type collection includes geometric sans serifs, slabs, and display faces that are a dream for the modern graphic designer. Today we are adding 11 of these families …

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Annotated OpenType Specification software now open source

Fonts developed by the Adobe Type team are intended to be broadly usable across as many operating systems as possible. This means loads and loads of testing, much of which happens with specialized testing tools built in-house.

One of those tools is the Annotated OpenType Specification (AOTS), which Eric Muller developed during his tenure on the Core Type team at Adobe. Team members have used AOTS at Adobe to test and fix shaping engines, which are essential for (among other uses) properly displaying the alternate glyphs associated with ligatures and OpenType features.

We have now made this software open source, and you can find …

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Sites We Like: Hoover-Mason and The Charleston Museum

Here at Typekit we know that great type gives personality to a story. With that in mind, this week we’re shining the spotlight on two sites that effectively use web type to explore different aspects of American history.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle website tells the story of Bethlehem Steel, once one of the most prominent steel manufacturers in the United States. The site is anchored by Brandon Grotesque, a geometric sans-serif that echoes the strength of steel framework. Elsewhere, practical yet unique Pill Gothic quietly draws the reader into the narrative.

The Charleston Museum celebrates the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry. At …

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