Ellington, by stone carver and lettering artist Michael Harvey, has the grace and sophistication of Bodoni combined with a calligraphic zest.
Harvey drew his initial sketches for the design in 1983. After seeing the renderings a number of foundries showed interest in the project, but it was Monotype that finally won out and worked with Harvey in finalizing the design. This was in the late 1980s, well before independent typeface designers were creating and productizing their own fonts. Ultimately, Harvey delivered over one thousand drawings to Monotype Imaging for digitizing into this family of four weights plus italics.
To accommodate the needs of graphic designers, Harvey drew Ellington with a tall x-height and narrow width, giving it both economy of space in short texts and the presence to make a strong statement in display sizes. Harvey also took care to ensure that copy set in Ellington would be typographically pleasing. “I gave the letters long horizontal serifs to allow graceful spacing,” he explains. “There is a slight calligraphic feeling about these forms, and the shaping of the stems and other parts reflect my drawing style. Finally, there are no dead straight lines!”
Harvey’s passion for jazz is evident in the design’s moniker. The name Ellington “came out of the blue,” he says, but he feels it’s perfectly suited to the typeface: “I love Duke Ellington’s music and the design is elegant.” The type family was launched at Type 90 in Oxford, England, where partygoers on the last night swung to the sounds of a band playing Duke Ellington’s music.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (ePubs)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licensed for EPUBS
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses