Best of the Blog 2012: Thursday Type Treat: HWT American Chromatic (A Display Font)

P22 and Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum have announced an exciting partnership that will bring HWT’s collection into the 21st century:

P22 type foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum are proud to announce a partnership that brings 19th Century ingenuity into relevance with the latest online technologies. This joint venture, known as the “Hamilton Wood Type Foundry” (HWT), will see a large collection of wood type designs converted into digital fonts that can be used with the latest Webfont CSS and Opentype programming abilities. P22 is working with the Hamilton Museum and other collections of scarce printed specimens as well as actual wood type to render these classic designs into fully functioning computer fonts.

The first release from HWT coincides with the US Presidential election season. “HWT American Chromatic” evokes classic Americana with stars and multi-color layering options. This highly decorative font set can be used in print and online display for sincere and ironic uses alike. The original design from 1857 was created as a two part font that selectively overlapped parts of each letter to achieve a third color where the inks overlapped. These ‘chromatic’ fonts are considered among the high points of the wood type era. Coincidentally, the latest introductions of web based typography allows for layering and transparency that directly parallels the innovations of the 19th century … for today’s web use.

HWT American Chromatic

HWT American Chromatic

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