I was not happy with the idea that a digital font, especially a Lintotype font, could disappear: given the ever-expanding nature of the digital universe it seemed counter-intuitive. So, spurred along by an email from my friend, I discovered that, instead of disappearing, Giacometti has expanded. GiacomettiLL has become Giacometti Pi and is now accompanied by Giacometti Letter, with an impressive 425-strong character set that includes fractions and symbols. The fonts were designed by German illustrator Sine Bergmann, who also designed Linotype Festtagsfont (more stick figures, this time with a festive theme, as the name suggests), and Jump (with Leonore Poth), an informal handwritten script.
Fonthead was founded in 1994 by Ethan and Lisa Dunham. I first came across their range of fonts when I was looking for something quirky and a bit different for a series of children’s joke books I was designing. Fonthead’s selection of free fonts were a cut above the rest, and I used a combination of Good Dog (perhaps their best known typeface) and Font Heads. Their catalogue has grown considerably since then and includes such typefaces as Corn Dog, Drawzing, Bad Dog, Circus Dog, and Click Bits and Info Bits — an impressive collection of 980 arrows and icons.
P22 is a type foundry that creates digital typefaces derived from historical forms found in art and history. Founded in 1995 by Richard Kegler and Carima El-Behairy and based in Buffalo, New York, they also work with museums and foundations to develop accurate historical typefaces. Their fonts include Cezanne, Duchamp, Czech Modernist and Bauhaus, and I particularly like Miro Extras for its weird and wonderful shapes.