We are happy to introduce Webtype’s most extensive type series to date — Salvo Sans and Salvo Serif. The exceptionally comprehensive and versatile families count as many as 60 fonts altogether: sans and slab-serif styles in five weights and three width plus italics, ranging from Black to Light and Normal to Extra Condensed.
Cyrus Highsmith originally designed Salvo Sans and Salvo Serif for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to visually tie together their varied set of publications and prove that design for the elderly does not have to be stale. It has since then become a favorite in editorial design, now finally also available for screen applications.
What makes the Salvo series especially multi-talented is that the fonts are available in different widths. While distinct letterforms, like the prominent lowercase a and g, give flavor and vigor to text set in the normal width, the condensed styles are more restrained and very adaptive. The bold weights of both, Salvo Sans and Serif, make for forceful headlines but remain as legible as possible thanks to open apertures and a large x-height. The lighter weights extrude more sophistication and are suitable for body copy down to 14px. Salvo also combines well with other serifs such as Poynter Old Style, Benton Modern or Ibis.