Monotype recently conducted a font marathon, giving two designers the task of designing new typefaces in less than a week. Both designers spent five days in Monotype's New York offices, working late and even sleeping in the office in order to meet their deadline!
The idea for a font marathon came from Nadine Chahine, the typeface designer behind Monotype's Zapfino Arabic font - Chahine recently challenged herself to design and build a font in a weekend. "One thing I liked about it was that when you're rushed for time, you tend to embrace very intuitive solutions,"
‘Cowhand’ designed by Toshi Omagari is a monowidth font, meaning that the font will render every word to be the same width, up to 20 letters long. This means words like ‘this’ will be rendered as long as ‘electronical’. Omagari designed the font with thick serifs and thin stems to make the font readable. The font is also Western in style, and Omagari sees it being used on posters, movie title screens and menus.
Jim Ford's typeface ‘Esca’ is condensed with elegant calligraphic reference. The tall, thin font is elegant and perfect for album covers.
You can purchase the fonts purchase here and here, with proceeds going to Room to Read.