New from Adobe Type: Bickham Script Pro 3
Today we’re delighted to add the newest release from the Adobe Type team to our subscription library, Bickham Script Pro 3. Designed by Richard Lipton, this updated version of Bickham Script expands the character set to cover Greek and Cyrillic scripts and plugs in even more of the contextual alternate programming that makes this typeface perform so beautifully.
Bickham Script is based on the masterful penmanship of George Bickham, who compiled examples of his finest work and that of his contemporaries in The Universal Penman in 1870. It makes for a fantastic display face — undeniably elegant without feeling fanciful. (The English round hand style started out as a business hand, after all.)
Check the Bickham Script website for a historical and typographic overview series by accomplished type historian John D. Berry, covering the script’s stylistic origins, the typeface’s construction, and the technological considerations for bringing an 18th-century script into modern interfaces.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all those swashes and alternates, our Practice lesson on OpenType features is a great place to begin gaining a little familiarity, regardless of whether you intend to try Bickham Script in a design application or on the web. (Web people might find our OpenType in CSS walkthrough useful, too.)
Bickham Script Pro 3 is available on Typekit for use on the web or for syncing, and also available for sale from our partners at Fontspring. Let us know if you have any questions, either by email at email@example.com or on Twitter, and we’ll be happy to help.