In October 2005, Ascender announced the development of Convection, a font used for Xbox 360 video games.
Their South Asian fonts cover Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, and include Ascender Uni, Ascender Uni Duo and Arial Unicode for general use across all Indic languages, and, in particular, the Microsoft fonts Vrinda (Bengali), Mangal (Devanagari), Shruti (Gujarati), Raavi (Gurmukhi), Tunga (Kannada), Kartika (Malayalam), Latha (Tamil) and Gautami (Telugu).
This savings in space by reusing pierces of font outlines is useful for high quality (scalable) fonts on mobile devices and digital TVs. [ Commercial Japanese truetype fonts (kanji) by Masahiro Suzuki.
[ Yasutaka Sato's free techno and/or pixel fonts made between 20 include Asos19101357, Asos19101357Bold Italic, Asosbeats01, Curvic, Curvic Oblique, HDF, Lignor, Linernix, and Thundercity. And unlike other compact font formats, such as stroke or stick fonts, the quality of Ascender Compact Asian Fonts is such that no embedded bitmaps are necessary for typical screen sizes. A partial list of their fonts, all made in 2004: 53Seed Extended, 53Veda, 53Veda Extended, 55Kana, 55Kana Extended, 75Naga, 75Naga Extended, 76Naga Bold, 76Naga Bold Extended, 88Zen.
I assume that this was mainly done so as to meet the competition of Font Shop's FF DIN (by Albert-Jan Pool). and Type Bank Co, Ltd) developed a very useful free full Latin/Kanji/unicode "didone style" font called XANO-mincho-U32 (2003). [ Original fonts for Mac and PC, mostly Latin letters, but also a few kana typefaces: AKAkubit12H, AKElephant3, AKMy Prince (2004), AKOsaru H, AKOsaru R, AK-Keroyon (2003, alphadings), Akubin (handwriting), AKApprique Black, AKANGEL, AKApplique White, AKUNCIAL, AKCalligraphy, 09Keroyon (2004), AK Jelly Beans (2004), AK-Piyoko (2004, egg dingbats), AK woopaa, AK Roopaa, AK-Halloween (2004, dings), AK Sweet Prison (2004, Fraktur), AK-Black Castle (blackletter, 2004), AK-Winter Yawns (2004, winter dings). Has a page showing all fonts that support the various Unicode ranges. [ Free downnloads of Ahem, Clockopia, Droid Sans-Bold, Droid Sans, Droid Sans Fallback, Droid Sans Fallback, Droid Sans Hebrew, Droid Sans Japanese, Droid Sans Mono, Droid Sans Thai, Droid Serif-Bold, Droid Serif-Bold Italic, Droid Serif-Italic, Droid Serif, Motoya LCedar-W3-90ms-RKSJ-H, Motoya LMaru-W3-90ms-RKSJ-H.
Fontshop: Acanthus (2000, large Fontfont family), FF Clifford (gorgeous text face! In 2009, he and Hermann Zapf cooperated on Virtuosa Classic, a calligraphic script that updates and revives Zapf's own 1952-1953 creation, Virtuosa. AK-Shanghai 1930 (2005), AK-Japonesque (2005), AK-My Baby (2005, child dingbats), KS Lovers (2007, handwritten Latin and kana). Droid (2007) and Clockopia (2009) are by by Google (2007) and Motoya is by Motoya Corporation (2010).
In 2008-2009, Akira Kobayashi and Tom Grace unified and extended Trade Gothic to Trade Gothic Next (17 styles).
Its founders are Steve Matteson (type designer, formerly with Agfa/Monotype), Thomas Rickner (of Microsoft fame, where he hinted many Microsoft families), Ira Mirochnick (founder and President of Monotype Typography Inc in 1989 (where he was until 2000) and a Senior Vice President and director of Agfa Monotype Corporation (2000-2003), a self-proclaimed expert in font licensing issues and IP protection), and Bill Davis (most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Agfa Monotype).
Also included in this group are Josh Hadley, Brian Kraimer, Jim Ford (since 2005), and Jeff Finger (as Chief Research Scientist, since 2006).
On December 8, 2010, Ascender was acquired by Monotype for 10.2 million dollars.
Their typefaces include Endurance (2004, Steve Matteson, an "industrial strength" Grotesk designed to compete with Helvetica and Arial; it supports Greek, Cyrillic and East European languages).
Before that, he lived in Singapore, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. [ Elk Grove Village, IL-based company established in 2004, which specializes in font development, licensing and IP protection.