Fort from MCKL


During his years working as a graphic designer, Jeremy Mickel was constantly looking for sans-serifs with a flexible voice and durable performance. Fort is his answer to this brief — a resilient, contemporary grotesk in an ample range of weights. The squared shoulders and counterforms in round characters are tending towards super-elliptic shapes and give Fort personality and firmness. Subtly redrawn slanted italics and a consistent texture across all weights add to coherence. The family is neutral enough to take on information design and branding tasks of all kinds and sizes.

But Fort offers room for flavor-enhancing adaptions. Using the round alternates for a and y for instance softens the tone of the grotesk, making it less formal or rigid.


Alternate characters for a, k, y, G and K, are accessible via stylistic set 1 to 3, and a set of old style figures via the “onum” feature. (Supported by Internet Explorer 10+, Chrome 21+, and Firefox 15+.)

A sample set of CSS code to access stylistic sets and features:

-moz-font-feature-settings: "ss01=1, onum=1";
-moz-font-feature-settings: "ss01" 1, "onum" 1;
-ms-font-feature-settings: "ss01" 1, "onum" 1;
-webkit-font-feature-settings: "ss01" 1, "onum" 1;
font-feature-settings: "ss01" 1, "onum" 1;

The extreme styles of Fort’s seven weights — the delicate Extralight and stout Black — are especially expressive and eye-catching in large display uses. Fort would certainly play well with Mickel’s serif family Shift we released a few month ago. For body copy, consider combining it with sturdy serifs such as Benton Modern RE, Turnip RE or Giza RE.

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

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