Toshi Omagari's Metro Nova Typeface Family, Newly Available From Monotype, Is The Next-generation Version Of William Addison Dwiggins' Classic Metro Design. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has introduced the 26-font Metro® Nova typeface family. Designed by Monotype’s Toshi Omagari, Metro Nova is the next-generation version of William Addison Dwiggins’ Metro design, released into the Linotype® library in 1930.

“Metro is a classic sans serif with warm, distinctive qualities. The design was particularly popular in North America through the early 1950s,” said Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype. “Toshi has done a beautiful job updating the design and expanding its usefulness to meet a wide range of digital requirements. Metro Nova appeals to today’s design sensibilities without sacrificing the essence of the original.”

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The initial Metro was designed for use in industry-standard typesetting machines for the printing of newspapers, magazines and posters from the late-19th century to the 1970s. Metro was a “duplexed” typeface, whereby a pair of styles, such as roman and italic, was drawn with matching individual character widths. Dwiggins’ design took this into consideration. “An interesting challenge was removing the duplexing restrictions while still maintaining the character of the design,” said Omagari. “I eventually stopped drawing letters based on the earlier shapes and began to refine proportions to what I considered right and hoped Dwiggins would have done, if he had been given the opportunity.”

Metro Nova comprises seven weights, from ultra thin to extra black in regular proportions, and six weights as condensed designs. Each has an italic counterpart for a total of 26 fonts. The family is available as OpenType® Pro fonts, which provide for the ability to easily insert typographic features such as ligatures, fractions and alternate characters. Pro fonts also offer an extended character set to support most Central European and many Eastern European languages. Metro Nova may be licensed as either desktop fonts or Web fonts from www.myfonts.com, www.fonts.com or www.linotype.com. The new fonts are also available as Web fonts through all Fonts.com Web Fonts paid subscription plans. In addition, Metro Nova is available as both Web fonts and desktop fonts through Fonts.com Professional and Master subscription plans.

About the Monotype Libraries

The Monotype® Libraries feature the typeface collections from individual, historical libraries, including Monotype, Linotype, Ascender, ITC and Bitstream. With over 16,000 typeface designs supporting more than 40 Latin and non-Latin languages, the Monotype Libraries represent one of the world’s largest, trusted and continuously expanding inventories of typefaces, offering a rich blend of timeless classics and innovative designs.

About Monotype

Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise that enable the best user experience and ensure brand integrity. Based in Woburn, Mass., Monotype provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. The company’s libraries and e-commerce sites are home to many of the most widely used typefaces – including the Helvetica®, Frutiger® and Univers® families – as well as the next generation of type designs. Further information is available at www.monotype.com.

Monotype, Helvetica and Frutiger are trademarks of Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Metro, Linotype and Univers are trademarks of Monotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. OpenType is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2013 Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. All rights reserved.

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