Journal Sans New font
Journal Sans New font by the Russian designers Maria Selezeneva and Alexandra Korolkova (ParaType foundry) is an accurately upgraded version of the popular Journal Sans typeface. The typeface family consists of 6 fonts: Display, Regular, Italic, Oblique, Inline, and Bold.
The Journal Sans font was originally developed in 1940–1956 in Moscow by a group of designers under the guidance of Anatoly Schukin. The typeface was based on Erbar Grotesk by Jacob Erbar and Metro Sans by William A. Dwiggins, the geometric sans-serifs of the 1920s with the pronounced industrial spirit. Journal Sans was one of the main Soviet sans-serifs, and that’s the reason for its early digitalizing, in the first half of 1990s. Recently, Journal Sans consisted of three variations and suffered all the problems of early digitalization, i.e. inaccurate curves or side-bearings copied straight from metal-type version.
In the Journal Sans New font release, besides minor improvements, a substantial work has been carried out to make the old typeface work better in the contemporary typography and graphic design. Maria Selezeneva significantly worked over the design of some glyphs, expanded the character set, added some alternatives, completely changed the side-bearings and kerning. Furthermore, three new faces were added, such as true Italic (the older font had slanted version for the italic), an Inline face based on the Bold, and the Display face with proportions close to the original Erbar Grotesk’s.
Journal Sans New font family keeps the industrial spirit of 1920s-1950s, while at the same time is fully adapted to the modern digital reality. It can be useful either for bringing historical spirit into design or for modern and trendy typography, both in print and on-screen.
ParaType is a Russian type foundry based in Moscow. Their main objectives are aimed at designing new original typefaces for the Russian design and publishing community; revivals of historical Russian typefaces; and Cyrillic extensions of the best of Latin typefaces. In addition to fonts, ParaType develops software utilities for multilingual typing. The ParaWin series of products extends the language support of Windows and make it possible to work with multilingual documents. See also their PT Serif Pro font, PT Sans Pro font, Pragmatica font.
Supported languages: Albanian, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Cyrillic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh
Designers: Alexandra Korolkova, Maria Selezeneva