Font Bureau’s Nobel family is now available in even more styles on Webtype. We added condensed widths and extra light weights for large headlines from elegant to punchy.
Designed in 1993 by Tobias Frere-Jones, Nobel is based on Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos’ original from 1929 for the Amsterdam Typefoundry in which Roos tried to enliven the basic forms of Futura. With its subtle warmth and less rigid geometry, Frere-Jones fondly refers to Nobel as “Futura cooked in dirty pots and pans”. Most notable differences are the double-storey ‘a’ and tailed ‘t’ in Nobel which make it more legible than Futura. The low x-height however doesn’t put it (nor Futura) forward for body copy. Especially the delicate extra light weights need ample size to shine (we recommend 60+ px).
All styles of Nobel look particularly good in all-caps settings. The large and wide uppercase letters lend it a noble presence (sorry for the pun but it’s true). The condensed styles are comparably narrow and best suited for headlines. For small body copy, you could combine Nobel with Apres RE, or a serif typeface like Poynter Serif RE or Giza RE. As with all fonts on Webtype, Nobel can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Nobel family page.