Designed by Christian Schwartz and released by Font Bureau, the Amplitude typeface family is now available for the web, exclusively from Webtype.
Originally released in 2003, Amplitude derives inspiration from the “ink traps” found in typefaces designed for printing at small sizes on absorbent newsprint. Traditionally, these notches help prevent letterforms from filling in with ink, but Schwartz adapted the technique to create a dramatic effect at large display sizes.
The large family of 7 weights in 5 widths, provides for a wide palette of typographic hierarchy. With roots in “agate” print typefaces for small sizes, Amplitude’s decidedly squarish forms help reduce irregularities on the course pixel grid of the screen. However, care must be taken with the especially bold or condensed members of the family, which perform best at the largest sizes.
As with all fonts on Webtype, Amplitude can be tested free of charge for 30 days. Take a closer look here.