With Poynter Old Style Display we are happy to release a relative to the well-established Poynter Serif RE family and provide another apt set of typefaces for both the largest and smallest text on the web.
In a quest for readable and functional fonts optimized for today’s newspapers, the Poynter research institute commissioned a comprehensive type series comprised of serif and sans serif fonts for text and display, designed by Tobias Frere-Jones. As part of this series, Poynter Old Style Display draws on the 17th-century romans of Fleming Hendrik van den Keere, who is known for his stronger, more stalwart letterforms than the elegant French designs of the Renaissance period. The typefaces are large on the body and economical in fit — the condensed and narrow styles in particular — which makes the family especially suited for all kinds of headlines in editorial environments.
Poynter Old Style Display is available in three weights and three widths. The normal widths are accompanied by matching italics. Besides the obvious compatibility with its partner for small sizes — Poynter Serif RE — the display styles combine well with almost all sans serifs, such as Antenna RE, Apres RE or Alright Sans.
As with all fonts on Webtype, Poynter Old Style Display can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Poynter Old Style Display webfont pages.