Tiempos Headline

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Release Year
2010
Country of Origin
New Zealand
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Tiempos was initiated as an optimisation of Galaxie Copernicus for a Spanish newspaper redesign. Although it began as an offshoot of Galaxie Copernicus, Tiempos evolved far enough that it became its own standalone family. Copernicus is based on Plantin, it’s broad proportions are designed to harmonise with Chester Jenkins’ Galaxie system. Over the last century, Plantin has influenced many typefaces, the most notable example is Stanley Morison’s Times New Roman.

These days Times New Roman is much maligned. It’s easy to dismiss due to it’s ubiquity“being the default for a decade sunk it to the depths of bureaucratic banality. Which is unfortunate, for when it comes to the twin tenets of newspaper typography“economy and legibility“it still performs admirably. As Tiempos had to fulfil these same tenets, it was natural to look towards Morison’s classic Times New Roman, a forefather of modern newspaper typefaces.

When type which was designed to be used at text sizes is scaled up to set headlines the spacing is usually too loose and subtle text-size details“such as ink traps and optical corrections“can suddenly become obvious and ungainly. Drawn specifically for large sizes, the Tiempos Headline types were created to address these issues. It’s sharp without being shrill or brittle, with snug spacing to optimise copyfit. A greater range of weights than in Tiempos Text allows for flexibility, and the lengthened ascenders and descenders aim to strike a balance between practicality and elegance.

Tiempos Text includes four weights in roman and Italic, Tiempos Headline includes six weights. The Tiempos family ships in OpenType format and is available exclusively from vllg.com.

Times New Roman® and Plantin® are Trademarks of The Monotype Corporation.

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