In 2009, Norwegian designer Frode Bo Helland first sketched the modulated sans serif forms that would eventually become Vinter. Initially released in a single extremely light weight in 2012, Vinter is Helland’s exploration of the geometric serifless roman model.
“In an effort to infuse the contrasted letterforms with tension,” Helland said, “I wrapped them around a strict geometric skeleton. Vinter connects the dots between machine-age geometry and modulated strokes.”
Helland’s pure interpretation in the Roman carried over to Vinter’s companion italic. He employed a combination of slant and rotation to integrate the geometry and modulation logic of the upright styles into the design’s italic forms. Vinter’s circular ‘o’ and ‘O’ are signature elements, their integrity maintained between weights and throughout the italic variants. This geometric hallmark is also evident in forms such as ‘b’, ‘e’, and the single-storey ‘a’ of the italic.
“While serif typefaces commonly have cursive companions, most geometric sans serif italics are simply derived from the roman,” Helland said. “Despite optical adjustments, the signature shape of the circular ‘o’ is always lost in the process. Vinter’s approach is radically new.”
John Morgan Studio asked Helland to draw a heavier weight of Vinter, which would be used in branding London’s Royal Drawing School. Inspired to further expand Vinter, Helland drew multiple variants, resulting in a family of five weights (Thin, Extralight, Light, Regular, and Medium) with complementary italics.
Vinter’s fine strokes and delicately balanced details are intended for display applications, with the lightest weights sparkling at very large sizes. Web fonts were hand tuned by Monokrom and are designed to be used at 60 px or larger.
As with all Webtype offerings, all weights of Vinter may be tested for free for up to 30 days.