A year in review… and looking ahead
2020 has been an extraordinary year, one that has taught us many lessons and forced us to set priorities. During this time, our priority became to work on all the living writing scripts of the world.
As the year – which we will all remember for a long time – is coming to a close, we’d like to look back at previous months, at things we have done and learned.
We published four new projects, three Latin typeface projects (Murtaugh and Riggs, Q Project and Tremolo Sans) and we added a completely new writing script to our collection – Greta Sans Korean. On paper, it looks as though we have spent most of our time on Latin type, but nothing could be further from reality. The thing is, type design is an extremely time-consuming process, and current work is to a large extent invisible for a very long time; therefore, in this blog entry we’d like to mention the projects that are keeping us busy right now, and which are due to come out next.
This year, just like the past couple of years, we have been focusing on underrepresented writing scripts, in particular an ambitious project encompassing all the writing scripts of the Indian subcontinent. While we have already published a couple of Indic typefaces, this year we have been working on Bangla, Gujarati, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Gurmukhi, Odia, Meetei Mayek, Ol Chiki, and Sinhala writing scripts. In addition, there is a lot of original research in relation to this, which we intend to publish along with the result of the project, which we expect to be completed in early 2022.
We have also been researching and developing various Canadian Syllabics typefaces that would support Indigenous language revitalisation and preservation efforts in North America. As part of the project, led by Kevin King, we have proposed new characters to be encoded for the Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics. We aim to present this project in autumn 2021.
We are also working on an extensive programme to develop a collection of fonts for the scripts that we currently don’t support – Armenian, Georgian and Thai. We have a number of working fonts already, but the whole collection will not be published until it is all complete, and at the moment we don’t have a projected date for this. We’ve also been working on Chinese type, but it is too early to talk in depth about this just yet.
All this work is supported by our ongoing linguistic research, which will be published in the future as a project in itself – presenting language and writing script data for all the languages of the world. This is not only one of our most exciting projects right now, but it also fuels the other work we are undertaking. We hope to present the early results of this project in mid-2021.
It is our belief that the fonts we develop are not just technical tools, but instruments that may affect culture too. This is why we consider that we have a responsibility, in our work, to look at the broader cultural context and engage with underrepresented cultures and languages.
We would like to thank you for your continuous support – we fund all our projects from licensing our existing fonts, so when you purchase a licence for any font, you will support our work in helping to make the world richer and more culturally diverse. Don’t forget that as a client you can also download our complete fonts for free for testing purposes, and that you can get an early preview of our upcoming fonts.