Monotype Grotesque

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Credits

Designer(s)
Frank Hinman Pierpont
Foundry(ies)
Monotype
Release Year
1926
Country of Origin
United Kingdom
Classification
Sans Serif, Grotesque
Original Format
Metal (Machine Composition)
Distributor(s)
MyFonts, Adobe, Linotype
Tags
early sans, industrial, sans serif

Background

Monotype Grotesque is a realist sans-serif typeface designed by Frank Hinman Pierpont (1860-1937) and released by the Monotype foundry in 1926.

Pierpont based his design for Monotype Grotesque on Ideal, an earlier more idiosyncratic sans-serif by the H. Berthold AG foundry and William Thorowogood’s 1832 face titled Grotesque. Uppercase characters are of near equal width, the G has a spur, and the M in the non-condensed weights is square. The lowercase characters a, e, g, and t follow the model of twentieth century English romans. Monotype Grotesque is a large extended typeface family with multiple widths from condensed to extended.

Though Monotype Grotesque never achieved the popularity of Akzidenz Grotesk, or its own contemporaries Futura, and Gill Sans, it remained a steady seller through the twentieth century, and is found in early twentieth century avant garde printing from western and central Europe.

Arial’s design is said to be based on Monotype Grotesque.

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