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Old 09-04-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default One-day sale: Legacy Sans

I haven't been posting many sale notices recently, because I've received the announcements too late in the day. This one, however, still has more than 200 units available.

ITC Legacy Sans, 7 fonts, OpenType standard, for $39.

Based on a very old typeface, ITC Legacy Sans has an impressive historical background. The Roman style fonts that we are all so very familiar with these days can be attributed to the hard work of Nicolas Jensen in his role as a printer. Jensen also had an illustrious career as a type founder influencing other fonts that we commonly see such as Garamond and Aldus. The fact that his work has been developed again and again for over 500 years is testament to the quality and understanding of what makes typefaces easy to read. His style later became known as “Venetian oldstyle”.

Jensen was master of the Royal Mint in France and also owned book trading companies – his whole career involved working with words, lettering styles and typefaces. His philosophy was dissimilar to other typographers who usually sought to replicate handwritten texts. Jensen was very keen to introduce a good level of readability into his printed works so came up with typefaces that were much easier on the eyes than the norm of the day. It is for that reason that we still use those basic design principles in much of the fonts designed today.

Ronald Arnholm faced quite a challenge in producing a font based on the work of Jensen; not purely from a graphic design perspective but in retaining the spirit of the original typographer who had a strong desire to make books easier to read.
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