While reading a news story, I saw a banner ad which invited me to download a free font.
The font was called the "Champions" font, and it was being made available to celebrate the role of Canada's news media... as "Champions of the Truth".
I do understand that Canada's newspapers are in economic difficulty these days, as their business model is collapsing around them, and I do happen to personally agree that the mainstream news media in Western industrialized nations provides a largely accurate picture of events, and certainly compares favorably with most of the visible alternatives.
But I will defintely say that, despite the use of printing type in the making of newspapers (which perhaps is what inspired this), I still found the promotion to be so unusual as to be even bizarre.
EDIT: Here is an image of the typeface in question, taken from a Windows font preview.
In a PDF containing a FAQ for the font, they describe the typeface as "geo-humanist", which appears to me to be correct. However, while the font is free, no information is included with it about licensing terms. However, web font versions of the font are included in the .zip file package. (EDIT: In looking at the FAQ on the nationalnewspaperweek.ca web site, however, I see that it is free for personal use; to use it commercially, i.e. on a web page that has a banner ad on it, I would need to communicate with them to find licensing terms at an E-mail address provided. Darn! I won't
be able to use it to lend credibility to a page filled with lies and propaganda!
(Now there's something the licensing terms of that font should explicitly exclude, but since truth is so subjective, it might be hard to come up with legally-binding language...))
I see that they're using PostScript outlines. Since they're part of the OpenType standard, I suppose Adobe's discontinuing support for Type 1 fonts isn't going to affect OpenType fonts that use that type of outline as opposed to TrueType outlines. No doubt, if instead I should
panic, some expert here will let me know.
EDIT: I have found a news report concerning this font, so at least I don't need to worry that the ad was a phony ad, intending to encourage me to install a font on my computer that would contain malware.
So you can read some of the background behind this.
EDIT: A web search for "Champions font" turned up a different font on some free font sites. However, checking MyFonts and Identifont shows no major commercial typeface of that name; there is a typeface called Champion, but that's a bold script display font by Günter Gerhard Lange from Berthold in 1957. The Champions typeface fonts for which I encountered was designed by Jason Smith and Emanuela Conidi, and is also a sans-serif, but while it's humanist, it isn't geometric.
Searching on my part shows that Emanuela Conidi is credited for four typefaces, and Jason Smith is credited for thirty-nine, and fonts they created at FontSmith are included, and that this other typeface named Champions is not among them.
https://canadianonlinepublishingawards.com/businesswire/This Year's National Newspaper Week Celebration Will Be Just Your Type
I forgot about the old Berthold Champion, since I always associated the name with the Hoefler family called Champion that eventually evolved into Knockout.
But according to that article you linked to, this new Champions font was done by Canada Type. The Jason Smith/Emanuela Conidi family was a custom project by Fontsmith for the UEFA Champions League: https://www.fontsmith.com/case-studies/uefa-champions-league
Font naming is especially tricky if you try to work with common English words.
“Champions is a geo-humanist font that incorporates both humanistic traits — which mimic hand motions reflecting the craft and artistry that goes into producing credible news each day — and highly geometric shapes — which represent the structure and rigour of fact-checking, editing, and producing high-quality credible content newspapers are known for.”
We would all agree Futura is geometric, but… the widths of the caps follow the classic Trajan/oldstyle proportions, not more modern/even proportions.
Of course, one can argue over what 'humanist' or 'geometric' really means, but those discussions are seldom interesting if you ask me. In this context, I take the blend to mean: geometry combined with more open counters and perhaps a splash of calligraphy (such as that diagonal cut in Geograph's G or Ricardo's EGLTZ).
I see I'm getting off track, sorry!