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Another new font from P22

Buffalo, NY - 12 September 2011
 P22 type foundry proudly announces the P22 Mackinac Pro Family, a brand new font family with OpenType features designed by Mike Beens for the International House of Fonts.

P22 Mackinac Pro (pronounced Mackinaw) spans four centuries of type design, bridging the Old World with the New. This family of four weights and corresponding italics is of old style construction, with a diagonal weight stress. Contrast between thick & thin is modest and proportioned the same for all fonts. The tall x-height recommends itself to a wide variety of text and display uses; including advertising, publishing, signage and packaging.

The P22 Mackinac Family contains 24 styles: 8 Pro styles for applications that support OpenType features and 16 companion styles in basic OpenType format for use with document-based applications. P22 Mackinac Pro OpenType features include: small caps, ligatures, ordinals, numerous figure options and other bonus features. Mackinac supports 56 languages using extended Latin character sets.

When reading conditions are less than perfect: small size, cheap paper, only a momentary view, you need a clear typographic voice. You want to choose a skillful product of the type designer's art. Mackinac Pro accomplishes the task with grace and elegance and is as much a pleasure at display sizes as in text.

What's in the name?

To acknowledge his typographic inheritance, Michigan-based designer Mike Beens searched for a name that would reference the idea of continuity. From a number of typographic influences, both conscious and subconscious, Mike admits being able to name dozens. The many sources of history in the region lend themselves to a parallel meaning. Before the coming of the French, Mackinac Island was originally a seasonal destination for tribes living on both Upper and Lower Peninsulas to gather, trade and celebrate the peaceful enjoyment of each others company. Since 1957, a bridge has spanned the Straits of Mackinac from St. Ignace on the north shore to Mackinaw City on the south. The word Mackinac conjures a gentle restful view and is indicative of the sweet curves and smooth transitions of P22 Mackinac Pro.

The Mackinac Pro Family is available at introductory pricing through September 30, 2011.

For more information and to download the Mackinac Specimen pdf:
Quick preview of Mackinac is available in their newsletter:

P22 type foundry, Inc.
Not Your Typical Type!
PO Box 770
Buffalo, NY 14213 USA
Phone: 800.722.5080
Fax: 716.885.4482

article posted 12 September 2011 and last updated 12 September 2011.

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