Uni Grotesk is a modern adaptation of the ubiquitous Universal Grotesk, a typeface that dominated communist Czechoslovakia. Uni Grotesk is well suited to contemporary use, with its particularly Central European flavour of early 20th-century geometric grotesques. It is a new typeface with a purpose and function, with geometric structure and elementary letterforms, and with flavourful details that lend this sans its unique character. It is based on the Universal Grotesk by Grafotechna, which itself is based on Kristall-Grotesk by Wagner & Schmidt, Leipzig, published in 1936. Read more about the development of Uni Grotesk in this article.
Uni Grotesk contains a number of stylistic alternates. They are based on the original Universal Grotesk, so you can choose to use the contemporary shapes (which come as default) or the early 20th-century alternatives. For more precise control, each alternative shape is accessible via a separate Stylistic Set.
All styles of Uni Grotesk include nine different kinds of numerals. Default numerals are proportional lining numerals. Uni Grotesk also includes old-style (ranging) numerals for use in running text. Use small caps figures in all small caps setting, tabular (both lining and old-style figures), superior and inferior figures, and finally circled and circled inverted figures. When you take a licence for this font, you can choose your own default numeral variant.
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Single storey `a`
ss01Alternative version of the lower case letter ‘a’, including its accented variants.
ss02This stylistic set replaces circular ‘b’ by a more constructed variant.
ss03Alternative version of the lower case letter ‘f’, including its accented variants.
ss04This stylistic Set will replace standard on ‘t’ with the original version of the ‘t’ found in 1930s Universal Grotesk.
Numbers matching caps
ss05This stylistic set will replace standard numerals by the tall versions matching the height of the capitals. Recommended for all caps text.
ss06This stylistic set will replace standard, spurless version of ‘u’ by the alternative form made from two strokes.
smcpMost Typotheque fonts implement the Small Caps feature. In Adobe applications you can replace lower case letters with small caps using the keyboard shortcut (⌘ + ⇧ + H), or the OpenType menu.
All Small Capitals
smcp + c2scThere are two methods of applying small capitals. The first one replaces only lower case letters with small caps. The second method, All Small Caps, also replaces capital letters with small caps. It also replaces regular quotation marks, exclamation points, question marks, slashes and usually also numerals with small caps variants.
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.
Circled numerals and arrows
dligThe discretionary ligature feature creates real arrows when you type the combination -> (right arrow), <- (left arrow), -^ (up arrow) or ^- (down arrow). It also creates enclosed numerals when you type numerals inside parenthesis, and inverse enclosed numerals when you type numerals inside brackets. Discretionary ligatures are off by default in Adobe applications.
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.
Proportional Old-style Figures
onum + pnumTypotheque fonts contain various styles of numerals within one font. Proportional Lining Figures come standard in all our headline and newspaper fonts. Their proportions are specifically designed to work well with capital letters (for example, in headlines). The proportional Old-style Figures feature changes standard figures to Old-style Figures which work well in running text, as they have the same proportions as lower case letters with their ascenders and descenders.
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.
Tabular Old-style Figures
onum + 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.
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