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Old 02-22-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default New Lino type catalog

Linotype has just released LinoType A–Z, a handsome catalog of the company’s font offerings. These include Linotype original designs; TakeType, a collection of recent fonts by young designers; Lino’s ITC fonts, including some of the classics as well as newer all-digital designs; and fonts from other foundries, including Adobe, Monotype, Bauer, and Omnibus Typografi.

It is hefty (nearly 600 pages), and lists some 1,500 fonts or font families. Aside from showing a sizable collection of fonts available today, the format is useful: Every family or face is shown with the name of its designer, the date of first release, and name of original foundry.

For each entry there is a showing of some portion of the alphabet and figures in roman and italic at 24 point, a few lines of text, and one-line specimens of the complete character set in each style, both in 13 point. Available formats/platforms are also shown for each set.

It also includes odds and ends of useful information (in brief): a description of formats, including OpenType; a listing of popular applications and versions explaining which font formats can be used (useful, though it will quickly become dated); a technical section on character sets; and other font-related topics, all in English, German, and French.

The main book is organized by class (sans, serif, script, decorative/display, uncial/blackletter, pi/image, and central European and non-latin fonts. There is also a straight alphabetical index.

It is a good reference book, especially for $16 (though the shipping to North America is murderous).

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