Classic and Contemporary Fonts from P22, T.26 and Others

We’ve just added a batch of new fonts to the Typekit library, including some amazing classic typefaces you’ve been waiting for.

P22 Type Foundry

P22 is renowned for its work with museums and foundations to ensure the development of accurate historical typefaces, and we’re excited to add a few beautiful examples to Typekit’s library. Starting today, you’ll find fonts designed by historic figures like Frank Lloyd Wright and Benjamin Franklin, including the iconic P22 Underground — the type used in the London Underground. In addition to P22’s typefaces inspired by art, history, and science, they now distribute fonts from Lanston Type, Rimmer Type Foundry, and The Sherwood Type Collection, among others. We’ll be adding many more fonts from their collection in the future. Here are a few highlights of what’s available now:

A sample of Bodoni

Giambattista Bodoni created this modern typeface in 1790 which served as the structural model for Sol Hess’s faithful rendition. Hess made necessary adjustments for mechanical typesetting on Lanston’s Monotype composition system. This font was remastered in 2006 by Paul Hunt.

A sample of Underground

The legendary sans serif design developed by Edward Johnston for the London Underground system in 1916 is available for the first time as a commercial font in an exclusive arrangement with the London Transport Museum. The font is true to the original design.

A sample of Eaglefeather

P22® FLLW® Eaglefeather® is based on the alphabet designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the “Eaglerock” project in 1922. The full range of weights and styles allows for expanded typographic possibilities in a wide variety of uses.

A sample of Franklin Caslon

This font was created in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art to coincide with the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary. It includes faithfully reproduced letterforms digitized directly from images of impressions made by Benjamin Franklin and his printing office circa 1750.

T.26 Digital Type Foundry

Founded by Carlos Segura in 1994, T-26’s once experimental fonts are now considered mainstream. T-26 offers numerous original fonts, and we’ve stared rolling out the first few today.

A sample of Automate

Automate is a futuristic, geometric sans serif font designed by Anuthin Wongsunkakon in 2008. Anuthin is one of the founding partners of Behaviour Group Inc., a design firm based in Bangkok, Thailand and considered Thailand’s first design studio with full typographic service.

A sample of Minerva Modern

Minerva Modern is a modern, sans serif typeface designed by Gábor Kóthay, a Hungarian type designer, multi-disciplinary artist, and teacher.

A sample of Aurea

Aurea Ultra is a bold slab serif font was designed by Mario Felicianoand just begging for some nice big headlines to announce.

12 Responses

  1. Jon Hicks says:

    P22? Underground Pro?!!! Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou…


  2. Now THIS is why I got Typekit! Keep them coming please 😀

  3. Chris Lloyd says:

    Why are the specimens images? Isn’t that what Typekit is trying to get rid of? 😉

    1. Dan Butcher says:

      I would imagine that one reason is that many people read the blog in feed readers, which may not support Typekit.

  4. Chester Schendel says:

    I’m reading this on my iPhone, so the only way I can see the specimens is with images.

  5. Christopher says:

    This is not the first time the London Underground typeface is avalaible as a commercial font. P22 Underground published in 2007 is 8 years after ITC Johnston.

  6. Blogs RSS feed don’t work in my browser (google chrome) how can I sort it?

  7. Golden says:

    Typekit promises a great deal, and it’s possibilities are exciting. But what has been surprising since the beginning is the lack of oft-used typefaces. A good type library would probably begin with good cuts of now timeless fonts like Akzidenz-Grotesk, Didot, Caslon, or Franklin Gothic.

    Instead, what we have seen is the release of many poorly drawn faces that not only have a lack consideration for the web, but seem to come from typographic trends of decades past. So when hearing “News about Typekit Classic and Contemporary Fonts” I was excited to see one or many of the fonts I listed above.

    Unfortunately, the cuts and styles that are featured here are awful at best. Certainly, taste is subjective, and poorly rendered fonts can still be used well by great typographers, but if we follow the objective that these faces should be well-drawn interpretations of oft-used fonts meant for the web then it is quite easy to see their shortcomings and my disappointment.

    Take the image of LTC Bodoni, for example. Bodoni is a great typeface whose thins would need to be adjusted for the web so that they don’t disappear on screens when set at standard web type sizes. Perhaps how HTF interpreted Didot for different point sizes. Not so with this rendering. Furthermore, even among the mere 3.5 words set in the font, one of them, “five,” showcases the font’s poor spacing. Although it’s a headache, awful kerning tables can actually be overcome in print design through manual kerning to adjust things like the drifting “v” and “e”, but on the web, there is no clean way to do it. I fear seeing this font anywhere where it is meant to be either a legible or an accurate interpretation of Bodoni.

    I appreciate the nature of the web and its potentially limitless choice, but I cannot help but think there is a greater need for typographic taste and understanding at Typekit.

  8. CSS-Design says:

    I really like “P22 Franklin Caslon”.

  9. Frapple says:

    “Automate” is gorgeous! I wish I had a typewriter in that font. I wonder how much it would cost me to get one of those built…

  10. chang says:

    I just tried out the Bodoni and i have to say its pretty bad… The sweet thing about Bodoni is that its so thin and smooth, but using Typekit it looks as clumpy and foul as Georgia bold. Seriously what the hell. The reason i signed up for typekit was that i saw Bodoni was available – but this is what i get?!

    I hope you guys at typekit kan release a more proper version with atleast more weights.

  11. Jim Heathcock says:

    I am looking for the type font named “CONTEMPORARY” Where can I

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