Uni Grotesk

Design Concept

Uni Grotesk is a modern adaptation of the ubiquitous Universal Grotesk, a typeface that dominated communist Czechoslovakia. Uni Grotesk is well suited for 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. Read more about development of Uni Grotesk▸

universal grotesk specimen

Authors

Uni Grotesk was produced by Peter Biľak with the help of Nikola Djurek and Hrvoje Živčić and published in 2016. It is based on the Universal Grotesk by Grafotechna, which itself is based Kristall-Grotesk from Wagner & Schmidt, Leipzig, published in 1936.

Alternative Glyphs

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 alternates. They are accessible as separate Stylistic Sets. Like all Typotheque fonts, Uni Grotesk includes a wealth of other advanced OpenType features such as Small Caps, arbitrary fractions, superior and inferior figures, etc. For more information please see the PDF instructions, or the Features section.

alternative glyphs

Numerals

Numerals All weights of Uni Grotesk include ten different kinds of numerals. Lining proportional figures come as default. Since the capitals of Uni Grotesk are very high and lower case letters fairly low, we also included tall numerals (hight of the capitals) which are available as a Stylistic Set. It also, however, includes Old-Style figures, Tabular numerals (both lining and OsF), Small Caps numerals, superior, inferior, circled and circled inverted numerals (selectable via OpenType features).

uni grotesk numerals