Scout, our latest release from Font Bureau, is a fresh yet pleasantly familiar sans serif by Cyrus Highsmith. Originally drawn for the redesign of the magazine Entertainment Weekly, Highsmith found inspiration in early 20th century German grotesks such as Venus, DIN, or Cairoli and its doubles, which were ubiquitously popular between the 1910s and 1950s.
Unlike other early sans serifs and neo-grotesques, Scout is less broad and less rationalized. The oval forms fit the angled terminals, opening up counters and making Scout more readable and approachable. This is particularly so in Scout RE — Scout’s specialized companion for small font sizes and a new member of Font Bureau’s Reading Edge series of typefaces, optimized for excellent rendering down to 9 px. Compared to other sans serifs in this series, Scout RE is of more narrow proportions, making it an ideal choice for user interfaces and small labels.
The Scout series consist of 24 fonts, six weights with Italics and Condensed, plus Scout RE in four styles. Use it for body copy for less literary texts, captions, or side notes. The condensed styles lend themselves for punchy headlines. Scout combines well with Ibis RE, Highsmith’s serif of similar proportions and rhythm, and other workhorses such as Turnip or Benton Modern.