History
Wedge: A Carefully Considered Typeface

‘Wedge’ is the outcome of a search for the essence of a formal alphabet for text — for 26 letters of the simplest form consistent with ease of reading. read more



Typography in the UK - Letterpress Getaway

Typographic Britain Summer Session - A Week of Letterpress and Typography with P22’s Richard Kegler July 13-20, 2014 read more



Introducing LTC Archive Ornaments

The Lanston Type Company occasionally reintroduces lost metal type designs back into the world of graphic design. We have used direct proofs of the patterns to digitize these designs and have optimized them to work as continuous borders or as standalone dingbats. read more



Introducing HWT Tuscan Extended

Introducing HWT Tuscan Extended...the first digital version of an unusually decorated late 19th-century wood type read more



Matthew Carter's Wood Type

HWT Van Lanen, A new 2-part Wood Type design by Matthew Carter read more



LTC Italian Old Style Pro released

LTC Italian Old Style was originally released by P22/Lanston Type Company in 2006 as a basic 4 font family. Now updated with Opentype features and ornaments read more



Making Faces: DVD deluxe version now available!

Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century is now available in a deluxe package with subtitles and other bonus features. read more



Announcing HWT Unit Gothic- A Wood Type Font System in 7 Widths

The Unit Gothic series was released by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in 1907. This sans serif family features one of the first multi width/weight type 'systems', anticipating the Univers font system by 50 years. This set of 7 fonts was designed to aid in press room efficiency and its incremental variation in widths gave poster printers unprecedented flexibility in fitting copy while using consistently harmonious fonts. read more



P22 announces format change for all fonts!

In keeping up with current trends in font formats from PostScript and TrueType to Opentype and Webfonts, P22 type foundry has decided to anticipate the next inevitable format shift and offer its entire library only in two formats. read more



Jim Rimmer - One of the Great Ones.

Jim Rimmer passed away early Jan 8 2010. Jim was a multi-talented type designer, graphic artist, bookbinder, printer, letterer, technician and a most generous teacher. He was never glory-seeking and turned down most speaking engagements offered to him, not out of vanity or indifference, but rather thinking that he was not worthy of being given a spotlight. read more



P22 Backstory

We have been a bit lax in telling our own history. Occasionally people ask and we occasionally tell. Here is a recent article by Jessica Spring for Boxcar Presses new Flurry Journal and some coaxing from Jan Middendorp for Myfonts Creative Characters Newsletter reveals some little known facts about P22. read more



Typecon in Buffao

P22 is busy with preparations of Typecon2008 as site committee and local hosts. We hope you stop us and say hello during the conference. A special new release will be announced on July 18th during a talk by Richard Kegler at TypeCon. watch for it. read more



Building Letters 3

The previous post involved an odd natural disaster that was detrimental to hundreds of thousands of trees and the inconvenience of a few days without power. This was in no way on the scale and scope of major disasters like the Asian Tsunami of late 2004. The Tsunami has not been mentioned much lately. Relief efforts continue long after the cameras have gone home and people are still in need of assistance. The Building Letters 3 project was initiated soon after the tsunami struck but was somewhat delayed. Thanks to Filip Blazek of Typo.cz and a few other volunteers, it is now available. Your donation will help a good cause plus you will get a magazine and CD with 25 fonts donated by noted type designers. read more



Friday the 13th - The log has landed

Coinciding with the launch of the new P22 Web Log, the forces of nature have, with cruel irony, landed a massive log on the front lawn of P22 corporate headquarters in Buffalo New York. It's now 3 days later and P22 has power back on. 250,000 people including the majority of P22 residential quarters are still without power. Buffalo NY gets more than an unfair reputation for being snowy all the time. It is not. Summers are quite nice and Autumn is usually quite amazing, and generally not bad most winters. However every 5 years or so we get a storm that is beyond description. This one is massive and freakish. 2 feet of wet snow fallen on trees with full green leaves has devastated the beautiful old trees of this city. We are coping fine, building cozy fires and now getting out the chainsaws to dismantle the huge tree fallen on the P22 lawn. Don't expect the usual high level of customer service for a week or so.Images of the morning of Friday the 13th and the following day can be found here. read more



Goudy's Aries

Frederic Goudy designed Aries in 1925-26 as a commissioned private press typeface and cast it in one size, approximately 16 point. Like the William Morris Troy type, Aries is a stylized roman with blackletter characteristics. It was partially inspired by Subiaco, a type created in 1900 by Emery Walker for the Ashendene Press. read more



Celtic Upper and Lower Case

The P22 Kells font set was designed with the intention of keeping it as historically accurate as possible. Aside from needing to adjust certain letters so that they looked more modern, the lettering styles used in the 9th century we very adaptable to the sensibilities and sophistication of today's computer user. This has proven to be the case as Kells is one of our best selling font sets. read more



Koch's Neuland

Neuland has been used since its introduction in 1923 as a rugged type with more black space than almost any other BOLD font. The appeal of Neuland, however, is much more than just heavy ink coverage. It has stood the test of time because of the flexibility in it's usage and the humanistic qualities in its design. read more



A Celtic Primer

Though most often associated with Ireland, the word "Celtic" (from the Greek, keltoi ) actually refers to the larger, dominant pre-christian culture of Europe north of the Mediterranean. read more



Where It's @

The @ or "commercial at" sign had lived its life has as an obscure character for hundreds of years before becoming the darling of the internet age. read more



Razing Kane

As typographic legend has it: In 1900 Frederic W. Goudy was commissioned by W.W. Denslow to letter his edition of Mother Goose stories. Shortly thereafter the Inland type foundry of St. Louis released a typeface that was a direct copy of Goudy's lettering.Goudy seemed to be more offended that the font was named "Hearst" after the notorious newspaper mogul, than by the fact that they copied his designs. read more



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