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.

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