Mark Simonson Studio Font News No. 4, December 2020

Welcome to the fourth issue of Font News, an occasional newsletter from Mark Simonson Studio with updates on new fonts and other items of interest. If you know anyone else who might like to subscribe, feel free to send them to the signup page.

This issue’s nameplate graphic features Etna.

Etna font sample

New fonts: Etna

I’m very excited to introduce a brand new typeface family that’s been on my back burner for decades: Etna. It was inspired mainly by the Aetna style of wood type from the 1880s. Etna tames this quirky Victorian design transforming it into a complete family suitable for modern use, adding a full range of six weights and italics, allowing it to work equally well for both text and display.

There is also a nice mini-site that tells the complete story of Etna and the history of the Aetna genre.

Mostra Nuova 2.0 font sample

Updated fonts: Mostra Nuova 2.0

I’ve made a big update to Mostra Nuova, with a variety of new features including 3 new weights (Semibold, Extrabold, and Extraheavy), support for Cyrillic, new alternate glyphs, and more. People who previously licensed the existing styles are eligible for free updates for those styles. Check with the place you purchased the license from.

In other news

Acme Gothic in use for Star Wars Rangers of the New Republic

Acme Gothic + sci-fi

Since its release, Acme Gothic has been used for a variety of science fiction movies and TV shows, so I wrote a post about some of the more high-profile examples.

Mark Simonson studio

New studio tour

I’ve added updated the tour of my home studio on my website, in case you want to see what my office is like these days.