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Old 09-16-2005, 01:52 PM   #1
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Default ClearType font collection, 20 bucks!

Windows users with a hankering for exceptional fonts for a song can download the Creativity Font Pack, a collection of 30 OpenType font families (“tuned for ClearType”) from Ascender for $19.99.

What really caught my eye was the quality of some of the fonts in this collection. It includes one of the most significant sans serif families of recent times (1988), four styles of Today Sans by Wolker Küster. This is one of my favorite typefaces, and it alone makes this package worth having. (It would be even better if it included the Display set and the small caps for both, but what can we expect for $20? You may be able to purchase those from Elsner & Flake; they are certainly part of my old Scangraphic Type 1 package. You can see the @ sign from that set in my current avatar.)

If you are not familiar with Today Sans (which was the unfortunate victim of poor timing and Scangraphic’s faltering entry into the desktop digital font business), Albert-Jan Pool wrote a short essay about it in Types Best Remembered.

Others in the collection include Skyline Bold Condensed (Font Bureau), Coquette script (Mark Simonson), four weights of Columbus (Monotype), the classical script Brody (ATF/Elsner & Flake), Briem Operina, a lovely script based on Arrighi’s famous writing manual (Gunnlauger SE Briem), and 17 more.

The Creativity Font Pack also includes a set of 40-plus customizable templates for Microsoft Word.

If you have Windows (this is a downloadable 4MB .exe file) and $20, this should be an exceptional deal.

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