Design Concept

Neutral began as Kai Bernau’s graduation project at KABK (the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague), taking inspiration from typefaces that seem ageless, remaining fresh and relevant even decades after they were designed. It was constructed based on a set of parameters derived by measuring and averaging a number of popular 20th-century Sans Serif fonts (Kai published a book about the project too). Aware that there is no such thing as total neutrality, this typeface explores how the absence of stylistic associations can help the reader to engage with the content of a text.
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OpenType features

Like all Typotheque fonts, Neutral includes a wealth of other advanced OpenType features. For example, Stylistic sets 1 to 4 control substitutions of alternative glyphs for a, l, t, ß. For more information please see the PDF instructions, or the Features section. Please note that Neutral, however, doesn’t include Small Caps, which was the design decision of the author.

Neutral features


All styles of Neutral include seven different kinds of numerals. Proportional lining figures come as default figures in Neutral. Instead of Old Style figures, Neutral uses text figures that are smaller than capital height and integrate better with running text. These shorter figues too come in proportional and tabular versions.

Neutral figures

Great for Websites

Neutral looks great in any browser, any operating system, even older versions of Windows because it has been extensively hinted. Check it out yourself in Typotheque Webfont specimen.

Website browsers


Neutral was designed between 2006 and 2013 by Kai Bernau, and published in 2014.