Text faces

Our first Type Annual showcases excellence in international typeface design over the past year. Here are the entries that made it into our Text faces category.

Typeface: ARS Maquette Pro
Design: Angus R Shamal
Foundry/Distributor: ARS Type, arstype.nl

ARS Maquette Pro is an extended and redrawn version of ARS Maquette, which was first designed in 1999. This new version adds italics, a display version and extended language support to this neo-grotesque typeface designed to work for small sizes and for headlines.

Typeface: Eames Century Modern
Design: Erik van Blokland for House Industries, letterror.com
Typeface direction: Ken Barber and Andy Cruz, House Industries
Distributor: House Industries, houseind.com

The 18-style family Eames Century Modern aims to “honour the [Charles and Ray] Eames aesthetic while offering unprecedented functionality,” claim its designers. It features small caps, nine different figure styles, ligatures, contextual alternate forms and a stencil font on the heaviest weight which takes the curvature of bent plywood and abstracts the shapes into type.

Typeface: Acta
Design: Dino dos Santos, Pedro Leal
Foundry: DSType, dstype.com


Acta was originally commissioned by Javier Errea of Spanish design studio Errea Communication for the redesign of the Chilean newspaper La Tercera. Though chosen here in the Text category, it also has a display version as well as the very fat Acta Poster, featuring a variety of ligatures and swashes, plus a series of icons named Acta Symbols.

Typeface: Founders Grotesk
Design: Kris Sowersby, klim.co.nz
Distributor: Village, vllg.com

According to its designer, Kris Sowersby, “The impetus for Founders Grotesk came from the [19th century Edinburgh type foundry] Miller & Richard series of Grotesques from their 1912 specimen. However, it is not intended as a strict revival. It is a gentle amalgamation of several historical typefaces designed for contemporary typographic usage.”

Typeface: Regal Pro
Design: Panos Vassiliou
Foundry/Distributor: Parachute, parachute.gr

Originally developed for the redesign of Grazia magazine, but now available commercially, Regal Pro consists of three related superfamilies: Text, Display and Finesse. In all there are 32 weights with an average of 1,087 glyphs per weight. It supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic and comes with numerous alternate glyphs.

Typeface: Lyon
Design: Kai Bernau at Atelier Carvalho Bernau, carvalho-bernau.com
Distributor: Commercial Type, commercialtype.com

Lyon should be familiar to readers of Creative Review as, since our last redesign, it has been used as our text face. Designed for use in publications, it combines tradition (being based on punchcutter Robert Granjon’s 16th century work) with modernity in a text family comprising five weights from regular to black and a display family which ranges from light to black.

Judges: Coralie Bickford-Smith, senior cover designer at Penguin Books, Typographic Circle chair, fellow of the ISTD and founder of Bateson Studio, John Bateson and typographic consultant, typeface designer, lecturer and author Fiona Ross. In addition, we also enlisted the expert help of Dr Mamoun Sakkal, Miguel Sousa, Maxim Zhukov and Adi Stern in order to assess the Non-Latin category.

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