TakeType

Typography is, in general, a subjective affair: we all have our own opinions about what looks good, and what doesn’t. But there’s nothing like a selection of fresh, new typefaces, and that is precisely what’s on offer with Linotype’s TakeType CD-ROM. The full Gold Edition font library costs over £4,000. But, the TakeType sub-set is just £199, and includes more than 250 font weights – selected from the many entries submitted to Linotype’s International Digital Type Design contests, between 1994 and 1997. Divided into four categories – text, display, fun and symbol – and supplied in both PostScript and TrueType formats, TakeType has some unique faces. From classic body-text fonts, such as Ergo and Rowena, to bold headline faces, like Bigband Terrazzo and Neuland Star, through to specialist design type, such as Animalia, Funny Bones and Party Time. Not to forget one of the best sets of symbol fonts I’ve seen – TakeType has an excellent selection.

OUR VERDICT

At less than 80p per weight, TakeType is superb value for money – and two sampler disks are available at £25 each, if you want to test the water. It’s certainly worth taking a look at if you’re in the market for some new font ideas.

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