Mark Simonson Studio Font News No. 2, November 2018

Welcome to the second 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 HWT Konop and Acme Gothic.

HWT Konop font sample

New fonts: HWT Konop

HWT Konop is an original wood type design I created for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The digital version was officially released recently at the 10th annual Hamilton Wayzgoose. Named after Don Konop, a retired Hamilton Manufacturing employee, the typeface is designed so all letters fit in square blocks that can be rotated and composed as a modular system.

Etna font sample

Sneak peek: Etna Italics

In the previous issue of Font News I showed a sample of Etna, my modern interpretation of the classic “Aetna” wood type styles from the 1880s. The family is now being finished up with the addition of Italic styles. Keep an eye out for the official release soon.

In other news

Expanded access on Adobe Fonts

Adobe’s previous Typekit font service has evolved into Adobe Fonts. The change expands the availability of my fonts there: anyone with a Creative Cloud subscription can now automatically access my fonts for desktop and web usage at no extra charge.

CommArts magazines

CommArts Judging follow-up

I was a judge for the 2019 Communication Arts Typography Competition along with Bethany Heck and Nick Sherman. A shortlist of finalists has been posted and the winners will be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine.