Dear friends of type,

Time for some news from TypeManufactur, the Foundry which publishes exclusively typefaces from font designer Georg Salden.

Rolls belongs to the Eurostile font style, which was created in the seventies by Aldo Novarese. All the usually round letter parts are here converted into straight lines with short corner curves. They thereby acquire an inward openness. To the exterior, however, the verticals follow one after the other, which was already regarded as nicely ornamental, though less reader-friendly, in the broken typefaces of the Middle Ages. In the case of Rolls, some letters were given greater definition by means of serifs rather than corner curves. It is rather like a semi-sans-serif and is very tightly spaced.

Noteworthy is the gentle and zestful accompanying italic, which creates an exceptionally nice contrast and unfolds the full charm of the typeface. Rolls fonts are available in five weights. As with all fonts from TypeManufactur one can choose between the formats OpenType Basic and OpenType Expert. OpenType Expert fonts contain numerous OpenType features, such as different numbers or alternate letters. Read more about the typeface on TypeManufactur.

The “Deutsche Kurrentschrift” is an old form of German language handwriting based on late medieval cursive writing. Until the middle of the 20th century it was the established script for daily writing in German-speaking countries. One could call it the handwritten counterpart of Fraktur. Kant, Goethe, Schiller, Mozart, Beethoven, Nietzsche, Freud, even Einstein; they all used it for their writings.

Georg Salden’s digital Deutschkurrent is based on his own handwriting, written with a pointed flexible metal pen. It is comparatively easy to read, because it avoids all superfluousness and decoration.

For most people outside of Germany, as well as younger Germans, the Kurrentschrift is nearly illegible – perhaps even more so than Fraktur printing. Using the font Deutschkurrent one can typeset an old document digitally to keep the general look of the writing whilst making the text copyable (to switch the font into a readable Latin font). Since the font contains also the appropriate Latin glpyhs (see image above), one can even type in readable letters while keeping the distinctive appearance of the writing.

It should also be noted that the lowercase letter ‘s’ has two different forms depending on its context. The long ‘s’ appears at the begining of a syllable, the round ‘s’ at the end of a syllable. For German words the font Deutschkurrent Expert chooses the right form of ‘s’ automatically by using a very sophisticated OpenType feature.

We also prepared a nice microsite. Have a look and enjoy!

Polo is certainly one of the most important so-called humanist sans serifs. Totally unique for its time, the design of Polo had a decisive influence on the development of contemporary typefaces. Georg Salden expands his type families carefully but steady. The condensed Polo Eng fonts are now also available with delightful italics.

Polo fonts are available in many different styles and weights. Currently we offer three sets of condensed fonts: Polo Condensend, Polo Eng (Narrow) and Polo Extracondensed. Polo Eng exist in four weights from Light to Bold, each in upright and italic. You can find an overview on the complete Polo family here.

Test all Polo fonts online using our Type Tester. As with all our fonts you can choose between the formats OpenType Basic and OpenType Expert. For certain Polo styles we do also offer Webfonts.

I hope you enjoyed our newsletter. If your interest in Georg Salden’s fonts has been awakened, please feel free to rummage around on our website.

Kind regards, Ludwig Übele
Director and Typedesigner

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