Greta is a contemporary typeface family specifically designed for the demands of newspaper printing; it consists of four primary text weights (each in three grades) and is optimized for use at small sizes.
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All weights of Greta Text include nine different kinds of numerals. Default numerals are proportional Lining numerals. The typeface includes: ranging, or OsF (Old-style proportional Figures) for use in running text. Lining figures for use with capitals letters, because their proportions match the height of caps. Tabular (both Lining and OsF), Superior and Inferior figures, Small caps figures, and finally Circled and Circled inverted figures.
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Typotheque OpenType Pro fonts support all European languages, covering Latin-based (Western, Central and Eastern European, Baltic, Turkish), Cyrillic-based, Greek-based languages and Vietnamese.
Styles & Grades
Greta Text comes in four weights, each accompanied with three grades, which are basically three versions of each weight differing slightly in heaviness, allowing the designer to choose the right ‘colour’ of the text. Within each weight, however, the grades have the same widths.
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Typotheque conducted a rigorous analysis of newspaper and magazine needs in order to compile a library of the shapes which are most useful in periodical publications. The Greta family includes an extended set of monetary symbols for financial information; two different sets of zodiac signs for horoscopes; basic geometric shapes, arrows, map markers and pointing hand symbols for infographics; weather symbols for weather forecasts; and chess figurines for chess transcripts. Greta also includes playing card symbols, stars, asterisks, punctuation ornaments, dingbats, and other miscellaneous symbols.
Greta Text was designed in 2007 by Peter Biľak. In 2008 the OpenType Pro version was released with Cyrillic designed by Alexei Kassian & Gayaneh Bagdasaryan. Greta Text received Type Directors Club Certificate of Excellence in Type Design, in 2007.