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Solitaire from MVB Fonts

Solitaire specimen
After the introduction of his Sweet label with us earlier this year, we are happy to welcome Mark van Bronkhorst with his type foundry MVB fonts on Webtype, too. Our first release is MVB Solitaire — a no-frills tempered humanist sans.

Bronkhorst intended the design to blend into the background and let the content speak through the legible, unbiased letter forms; nevertheless, he managed to give them a lively, contemporary character, especially visible in the Light and Black styles as well as the buoyant Italics. MVB Solitaire webfonts are available in six well-attuned weights with the Regular and Book styles comparably close in stroke thickness for cases where consistent color across different font-sizes is desired. The desktop fonts are even more finely graduated into 11 weights with Extra Light and Thin styles, which are available as webfonts upon request.
Solitaire styles
MVB Solitaire’s text weights are suited for body copy down to 10 px. The Bold styles make for strong headlines while the Light shines in large display applications. It combines well with serif faces such as Poynter RE, Turnip RE or characterful Prensa.

As with all fonts on Webtype, Solitaire can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the MVB Solitaire webfont page.

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Dispatch and Dispatch Mono from Font Bureau

Dispatch
Our latest releases from Font Bureau are the slab serif families Dispatch and its brand new small-sized companion, Dispatch Mono. Cyrus Highsmith created the series in his search for a typeface with industrial atmosphere that can serve a variety of applications and sizes. Inspired by the angular letterforms found on engineering blueprints, shipping labels or in typescript, Dispatch is a powerful and energetic addition to the Webtype library.
Dispatch Styles
Dispatch Mono — a Webtype exclusive — grew from the original Dispatch series but adds hints of typewritten correspondence and computer code to the angular appearance. With computer screens and small sizes in mind, Highsmith gave Dispatch Mono an extra large x-height and generous spacing. Like Font Bureau’s Reading Edge series, the family was optimized for clear rendering across the board, with hinting for font sizes down to 9px.

dispatch mono textsampleDispatch Mono Styles
Dispatch is an all-purpose slab serif, suitable for a wide range of applications such as headlines, editorial design and advertising, with Dispatch Mono as its small-sized partner. It pairs well with squarish sans serifs such as Antenna or Amplitude. Its sans serif sibling from the same designer — Stainless — will be available on Webtype shortly.

As with all fonts on Webtype, Dispatch and Dispatch Mono can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Dispatch and Dispatch Mono webfont pages.


Trio Grotesk from Bold Monday

Trio specimen

The second release from our Dutch foundry partner Bold Monday is Trio Grotesk. And it is one with an interesting Dutch background, too.

While studying in the Netherlands, Trio Grotesk’s designer Florian Schick discovered the only two remaining printed copies of Dutch modernist Piet Zwart’s influential essay Van oude tot nieuwe typografie (From Old to New Typography) in book museum Meermanno in The Hague. It was printed by Drukkerij Trio and set in an early 20th-century sans serif — Kaart Antiek. Schick decided to revive the typeface, and very closely that is, incorporating the typical rounding and ink spread of the 7 point letterpress printed text in his model. The result is Trio Grotesk — a charming rounded sans serif of broad proportions with a discreet modernist feel.

Trio styles small

The fonts are optimized for our medium size range (14 px+) and lend themselves particularily well for all-caps settings. The character set consists of as many as 688 glyphs with Latin 1 and 2 language support as well as numerous symbols like arrows, manicules, various sets of figures, and a series of Dutch countryside themed pictograms, accessible via their unicode value. If you don’t want to make use of the full character set, you can subset the fonts in your account settings to reduce the file size. Trio Grotesk combines well with many text fonts, for instance the similarly round Apres RE or old-style Poynter Serif RE.

As with all fonts on Webtype, Trio Grotesk can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Trio Grotesk webfont page. For information about the desktop fonts and images of Trio Grotesk’s lovely printed specimen book, check out Bold Monday’s website.


Griffith Gothic from from Font Bureau

Griffith Gothic specimen
Font Bureau’s popular Griffith Gothic is now available as webfonts on Webtype. The series, designed by Tobias Frere-Jones, has its roots in the typeface Bell Gothic from 1937 by Chauncey Griffith, long-time Mergenthaler Linotype type director.

Of all the typefaces Griffith designed and directed throughout his career, he considers Bell Gothic his most original design. Commissioned by AT&T especially for the use in telephone directories, its open, economical forms are drawn to stay highly legible in small sizes and under demanding printing conditions. The serifs on ‘I’ and ‘1’, deep notches to prevent joints from filling in, as well as the overall sharp corners and tapered terminals became Bell Gothic’s signature features.

For his revival under the name Griffith Gothic, Tobias Frere-Jones removed obsolete remains of old typesetting systems but retained the characteristic thinning of joints as a salient trait. Initially drawn as the house sans serif for Fast Company, he developed the typeface into a full series in six weights, accompanied by a condensed variant and italics for the regular width.

Although originally designed for text and listings in small sizes, Griffith Gothic is well suited as a strong headline face where its distinct features are allowed to stand out in display sizes. It combines well with all genres of serif typefaces, such as Poynter Serif RE, Harriet Text, or the equally edged and economical Proforma.

As with all fonts on Webtype, Griffith Gothic can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Griffith Gothic webfont page.


The Freight Series from Garage Fonts

Freight Full Series

With the release of all serif variants, we are proud to now offer the full Freight Series by Joshua Darden as one of the most extensive contemporary type series available for the web. Freight’s four size-specific designs — Big, Display, Text and Micro — and their sans-serif companions, each in six weights with distinct italics, add up to a total of 72 styles, making Freight an exeptionally comprehensive system for a wide variety of applications.

Freight All Styles

While the Text styles are suitable for mid-range reading sizes, the Display styles feature increased stroke contrast and finer details adapted for headlines and display typography. The Big styles with their even tighter spacing and sharpness shine in the very largest uses — the bigger the better. At the other end of the spectrum are the Micro styles with their coarse, exaggerated traits and sturdy shapes for better performance at small font sizes. Although not quite the design intention, try Freight Micro for large sizes, too, as the chunky forms become interestingly expressive and striking in headlines. The sans-serif styles complement the set with their adaptable, unobstrusive appearance.

As with all fonts on Webtype, the Freight families can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Freight webfont pages.


Proforma from Font Bureau

Proforma

Our latest addition from Font Bureau is Proforma, a typeface by Petr van Blokland with an interesting background. Initially designed in 1983 for Purup, a Danish company specializing in forms (hence “pro forma”), it was one of the first typefaces developed specifically for low and medium resolution output. Proforma features classic oldstyle shapes and proportions, but swellings on stems are achieved by straight lines with distinct edges. These, as well as the simple, tapered serifs, are much easier to render than the smoothly modulated curves of traditional text faces. Today, this makes Proforma especially suited for screen typography and the web.

Proforma family

Proforma’s six weights are comparably close to each other, originally to enable compensation of different stroke weight on different papers, colors, or inverted text. This can be just as useful on the screen in order to take into account backlit surfaces and multiple resolutions. The roman styles are accompanied by pronounced true italics that give distinction in text sizes and reveal their interesting angularity in large sizes. If you want to combine Proforma with a sans serif, try Alright Sans, Amplitude or Salvo Sans. (Petr van Blokland designed Productus as a matching companion, available on Webtype in the near future.)

As with all fonts on Webtype, Proforma can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Proforma webfont page.


Freight Sans from Garage Fonts

Freight Specimen
We are delighted to welcome Garage Fonts as a new foundry on Webtype with their first release Freight Sans, heralding the exceptionally extensive Freight type series by Joshua Darden soon to follow in its entirety.

While the Freight series’ serif styles exist in several size-specific variants, from Micro to Big, Freight Sans is designed as a versatile, all-purpose sans serif fitting a large variety of applications. The six weights, light to black, plus italics provide sufficient styles for legible body copy as well as delicate or beefy display typography. We also offer the recently added condensed styles as webfonts for extra punchy headlines.


The family’s spacing is attuned to work well in most sizes, from medium to large, while the rendering is optimized for font-sizes down to 14 px. If you are looking to combine Freight Sans with a serif for body copy, try Harriet Text or Giza RE. In larger sizes, Whitman DisplayPrensa or Trilby may compliment the sans in an interesting way. Or, for a perfectly harmonious pairing, just wait a few more weeks until the serif members of the Freight series are ready for release on Webtype.

As with all fonts on Webtype, Freight Sans and Freight Sans Condensed can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Freight Sans webfont page.


Poynter Old Style Display from Font Bureau

Poynter Specimen
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.

Family

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.

Poynter Old Style Display Narrow Bold with Poynter Serif RE

Poynter Old Style Display Narrow Bold with Poynter Serif RE

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.


Bureau Grot from Font Bureau

Bureau Grot specimen
Much loved for more than 20 years, we are very happy to finally make Font Bureau’s popular Bureau Grot family available for the web.

Designed by David Berlow and initially released in 1989 as Bureau Grotesque, the typeface has come to be acknowledged as the quintessential interpretation of the English 19th century sans serif. Inspired by the grotesques of Stephenson Blake, Berlow harmonized the greatly differing character shapes of his model and expanded the design into a family of several matching weights and widths. At the same time he kept the typical lively character and idiosyncrasies of the early sans serifs intact, which lend the series much of its flavor.

Bureau G’s The family was met with great success and soon grew as several publishing houses commissioned more styles. In 2006, Jill Pichotta, Christian Schwartz, and Richard Lipton rounded it out into a systematic series of 27 styles and managed to retain Bureau Grot’s strong signature character over the wide range of five widths and six weights. With its narrow styles, Bureau Grot is an ideal headline face for compact columns and large display typography. The lighter weights of the normal and wide styles are suited for sizes down to 14 px. If you’re looking for a fitting serif companion, try combining Bureau Grot with Harriet, Turnip or Benton Modern.

As with all fonts on Webtype, Bureau Grot can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Bureau Grot webfont page.


Nitti from Bold Monday

We are excited to welcome the Bold Monday type foundry as the most recent addition to the Webtype catalog. Founded in 2008, the Dutch type firm run by Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen made a name for themselves with high-quality retail fonts and custom typeface design for large corporations such as Audi and USA Today.

Nitti SpecimenBold Monday’s first release on Webtype is their celebrated and recently expanded Nitti. The monospaced type family is best known for its prominent role in the popular iA Writer desktop and iOS writing applications. In light of this prolific use, the small preliminary family was expanded and thoroughly optimized for screen rendering.

Subsetting NittiWhile Nitti only makes an appearance in the light and medium weight in iA Writer, we are happy to offer the full, extensive family: five weights — light to black — with true italics and very broad language support. Nitti not only speaks all languages using the Latin alphabet but also Greek and Cyrillic. If you don’t need the full character set and want to minimize bandwidth, you can subset the fonts in your project settings.

Nitti in iAWriterUnlike many monospaced typefaces, Nitti doesn’t feel overly mechanical, but is approachable and contemporary. The quirky, idiosyncratic shapes of the early “grotesque” designs of the 19th century lend Nitti its humanity and warmth. Optimized for font-sizes down to 11 px, Nitti is well-suited for code samples or technical notes where a more casual atmosphere is desired, or as a reader-friendly alternative when setting longer passages of monospaced text. It combines well with other grotesque-inspired typefaces like Titling Gothic and Salvo, or with sturdy serif typefaces like Benton Modern or Harriet Text.
style overview
As with all fonts on Webtype, Nitti can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Nitti webfont page.


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