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We are happy to announce that we are in the process of updating and re-publishing Tim’s book on optical sizes, currently titled “Size-specific adjustments to type designs”. We have been constantly asked about the availability of the book, but the book has been extremely difficult to obtain. Furthermore, it was overpriced since the book was produced “print-on-demand”. Finally, we got out of the contract, and we are updating the book with new materials and a re-designed layout.
We would like to include the fonts with optical sizes which were published after 2007, the year the first edition was published.
Here is our list of digital fonts. Designs which are marked with * will be considered to be included in the new edition; those which are not marked with * were included in the first edition already. Some foundries did not respond to the request back then, therefore not all the fonts with optical sizes could be included.
Please help us complete the list of newly designed optically sized fonts!
[Update: Thanks to your comments and emails, we extended the list. The new entries are in brackets.]
FF Acanthus *
Acta Display *
Baskerville (Storm) *
Benton Modern *
Berling Nova *
Brandon Grotesque/Text *
Californian FB *
LTC Californian *
FF Celeste *
Coranto 2 *
Eldorado (Font Bureau)
Founders Grotesk *
Garamond FB *
FF Good & Headline *
Harriet Series *
FF Holmen *
[ITC New Esprit]
Jannon Storm *
FF Karbid *
King’s Caslon *
Le Monde Livre *
[Neue Haas Grotesk]
PT Sans *
PT Serif *
FF Reminga *
Satyr & Faunus *
Trivia Serif *
[Turnip (Re series)]
Vesta & Big Vesta *
Walbaum Storm *
A great resource, Tim. Do you have any of ours in there?
Hi Jonathan, yes, we are aware of the H&FJ fonts. We have been in touch with your team last week regarding a press licence. It would be great if we could include them in the book.
This is great news! I had always wanted to get a copy of the book, but held out because the price and production quality of the original. Looking forward to the revised edition.
We had no control over the production of the first edition; the new edition will be different!
The book looks terrific. But no Warnock?
ReDisturbed owes a lot to your book
Max is right; Warnock is the one Adobe optical-size family missing. Nice list; looking forward to the book!
ITC New Esprit
Several typefaces by Hubert Jocham
Storm Type Foundry
Apud, Leitura, Mafra, Velino
Guardian Sans, Lyon, Publico
Sirenne, MVB Verdigris®
Tramuntana 1 Pro
This is a great list (also the comments) and I’ll link to this post from my list if I may.
Additions I’d have (ach, take the links from my site if you want, getting too confusing in here)
Neue Haas Grotesk
Transit (I counted that because Front, Back … are technically not grades, not the same spacing)
Turnip (I counted that because of the RE version, but then one should count the typefaces with REs too) (Is RE a special case? Maybe worth discussing in a paragraph.)
And I had Hoefler Text and Titling but that opens the can of worms with the more independent Titling designs (e.g. Renard too).
Yes, we will re-write the introduction and are intending to mention screen-optimised version of fonts. A book published in 2013 from Tim Ahrens without mentioning type on screen sounds odd indeed.
DF Rialto by Giovanni de Faccio and Lui Karner has three optical styles; Titoli, Roman and Piccolo.
New Fournier, which is no longer avaiable, by François Rappo
Thanks a lot for your help – your memory of fonts is simply amazing!
Great news. Where and when will the book be released?
When: aiming for this Autum
Where: from us, self-publishing. Still working out distribution model.
I want one. I want one. Please keep me posted.
Very happy to hear this. Identifont’s long list may have some you missed.
Thanks, Stephen. Yes, we had gone through that list. It’s actually not complete (JAF Lapture is missing although on Identifont, for example), and contains some entries that are not real optical sizes. It was very helpful nevertheless.
Have you considered including screen-geared designs like Font Bureau’s RE series?
Yes, we have included some of them, for example Ibis. They are not designed strictly as optical sizes, rather as screen versions, but maybe that makes them even more interesting as samples to look at. The adjustments are similar to traditional small size versions, of course.
Great to know about this book, Tim.
You could add:
ARS Maquette Pro (Text and Display cuts)
the soon to be released new ARS Descendiaan (Roman and Display cuts)
Schadow Antiqua (C.E. Weber) — sold as Schadow by MyFonts. Originaly the light cut was sold as Werk Display cut.
I don’t think Schadow counts in this given frame. Both Schadow Antiqua Werk and Schadow Antiqua Mager were available in a range of sizes, Werk in 5pt to 36.
Wow, now that’s a great news! I’m really looking forward having a copy!
Great ressource, indeed !
I think you should add MS Sitka, too : http://typedrawers.com/discussion/470/new-microsoft-size-specific-design-selection-mechanism
Any update about when will the book be released?
I need my copy ASAP… 🙂
I’m eagerly awaiting this book! I’ll happily support a kickstarter to help it along.
Plus 1 on Sitka :), any thoughts on non Latin fonts? I have been wondering if there are any Japanese optically scaled fonts?