It may sound strange but around this time every year or even earlier we sit back contemplating the year before and making plans for the year after (the end of the year is not a good time for us to think business; we just want to go out and party). Well, the year 2009 was very interesting for Parachute®.
A brand new contemporary typeface, the Encore Sans Pro superfamily was released in February. Two months after its release, it was placed in the 30 Brilliant Typefaces For Corporate Design list published by Smashing magazine along with Bodoni Script Pro. In April we were invited to participate in a lecture by the Greek Graphic Designers Association and made a presentation about “The creative process of typeface design” from the initial idea to the final product. Later in the year, Parachute® participated in the leading Graphic Arts Trade Fair Graphica, a major event that takes place every 2 years. An impressive simple stage/stand was set and its Disturbing the Uncool concept was far from the usual hard-sell notion of such events.
In September, right after the summer vacations, we heard some wonderful news coming from Moscow. Parachute received 3 awards from the International Type Design Competition “Modern Cyrillic 2009″. Centro Pro, Champion Script Pro and Goudy Initials Pro received Honor Diplomas for Excellence in Type Design.
“Parachute: Precision Landing” was the title of a special article that was written about Parachute in the February issue of the leading German magazine Novum. The October issue of Computer Arts Magazine speaks to 30 type practitioners around the globe. Among them, Panos Vassiliou was asked to share his little secrets about type. Also in November, for the second year around, Parachute appeared in the international publication Typodarium 2010. Parachute’s most competitive superfamilies, the PF Din Series was featured among other Dins, in the September issue of the Dutch magazine Publish on a special article -signed by Henk Gianotten- about the DIN phenomenon. Finally, the international magazine Creative Review named the Typefaces of the Year in its December issue -as presented by several leading font retailers- and Champion Script Pro was among them. This sophisticated superfamily was the best selling typeface at FontHaus and also made the Top 10 fonts of 2009 list at MyFonts.