Today, Webtype is proud to release Marcia, Font Bureau’s newest type family. What is Marcia? “Marcia started as a project in Cyrus’s undergrad class at RISD three years ago.…It was my first attempt at drawing a whole alphabet,” says designer Victoria Rushton. On paper the Roman is like a 19th-century Modern, with its high contrast, vertical stress, and ball terminals. But when you look closely, it doesn’t really resemble a Modern — some serifs are omitted, some are half-there. These departures are a lettering artist’s whimsical experiments with the Modern genre. Furthermore, the Italic is both sturdier and simpler than most moderns. And, according to Rushton, that’s part of Marcia’s charm as these “remnants of naïveté” give it a unique character.
Marcia’s quirkiness and exuberance can be seen in its details: the legs of the cap K and R hint at a courtier taking a bow and in Italic, the legs snap into a kick. Add swashes alternates and they become the envy of any mustache. In the lowercase, many have serifs on the left like calligraphic entry strokes, even in unexpected places (d, b, u, w). While other serifs offer sinuous semi-serifs ball terminals (a, c, f) sustaining Marcia’s quirky, hybrid flavor.
The numerals are lively and legible, in both lining (uppercase) and oldstyle (lowercase) forms. Here we can see more unorthodox serif forms (2, 5, 7). Fractions, superior, and inferior forms are also included in Marcia’s figures.
Victoria Rushton designed Marcia with playful packaging and swashy subheads in mind, all on display on the typeface’s minisite. Marcia’s discretionary ligatures and alternate characters can fill any text-setting with surprising, elegant forms.
Give Marcia a try for free — all fonts on Webtype can be tested on your own sites at no charge for 30 days.