Neutral takes inspiration from typefaces that remain fresh and relevant even decades after they were designed. Created with an awareness 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.PDF Specimen
- Regular ItalicRegular Italic
- Medium ItalicMedium Italic
- Bold ItalicBold Italic
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. Read more about the development of Neutral ▸
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 figures too come in proportional and tabular versions. Additionally, Neutral includes superior and inferior numerals.
The Neutral typeface can be personalised with alternative forms of letters available as Stylistic Sets, controllable via OpenType layout feature settings in your app, or you can build a custom version of the fonts by using these stylistic alternates in a default position.
- DesignGor Jihanian (Armenian)Irina Smirnova (Cyrillic)Max Ilinov (Cyrillic)Kai Bernau (Latin)
- Irish Gaelic
- Sámi (Northern)
- Sámi (Inari)
- Sámi (Lule)
- Sámi (Southern)
- Azeri (Latin)
- Sanskrit transliteration
- Tagalog (Filipino)
- Crimean Tatar
- Somali (Latin)
- Ndebele (Northern)
- Ndebele (Southern)
- Arabic transliteration
- Seychelles Creole
- Tok Pisin
- Scottish Gaelic
- Old Norse
Single storey `a`
ss01Alternative version of the lower case letter ‘a’, including its accented variants.
Lower-case `l` with a tail
ss02This stylistic set replaces the standard lower-case ‘l’ with a version with a tail, which improves legibility and clarifies ambiguity compared to the capital ‘I’.
ss03Neutral includes simplified version of the lower-case letter ‘t’, also for all of its accented variants.
ss04Alternative version of the lower-case ‘ß’.
Case Sensitive Forms
caseWhen the ‘change to caps’ function is applied from within an application (not when text is typed in caps) appropriate case-sensitive forms are automatically applied. Regular brackets, parenthesis, dashes and hyphens are replaced with their capital forms.
dligThe discretionary ligature feature creates real arrows when you type the combination -> (right arrow), <- (left arrow), -^ (up arrow) or ^- (down arrow).
ligaStandard ligatures are those which are designed to improve the readability of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.
Smaller Lining Figures
onumDefault numerals match the height of capitals, which maybe disturbing in the block of running text. This feature replaces them by a set of slightly smaller lining figures.
Tabular Lining Figures
lnum, tnumTabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as a OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. Typotheque fonts include both Lining and Old-style Tabular figures.
fracTypotheque OpenType fonts already include a number of pre-designed diagonal fractions. The fraction feature allows you to create other fractions quickly and easily.
supsReplaces all styles of figures (old style, tabular, lining) and letters with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc. Superior characters are more legible than mathematically scaled characters, have a similar stroke weight, are spaced more generously, and better complement the rest of the text.
sinfReplaces all styles of figures (old style, tabular, lining) and letters with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation. Inferior characters are more legible than mathematically scaled characters, have a similar stroke weight, are spaced more generously, and better complement the rest of the text