Metro® Office font family
Designed by Akira Kobayashi in 2006
William A. Dwiggins
About Metro® Office font family
The Linotype Office Alliance fonts guarantee data clarity. All of the font weights within the individual family have the same character measurements; individual letters or words may have their styles changed without line wrap being affected! All numbers, mathematical signs, and currency symbols are tabular; they share the same set character width, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of clear graph, chart, and table design. In addition to being extremely open and legible, the characters in this collection's fonts also share the same capital letter height and the same x-height. The production and reading of financial reports is duly streamlined with the Linotype Office Alliance fonts.
The Metro Office family is designed after the model of the original sans serif family produced by W.A. Dwiggins and Mergenthaler Linotype's design studio during the late 1920s and 1930s. A distinctly new interpretation of the sans serif idea, Metro was a thoroughly American" sans serif when it was released. However, over the ensuing decades, it became a favorite the world over. Moreover, it is one of the first "humanist" sans serif typefaces designed.
While redesigning Metro in 2006, Linotype's Type Director Akira Kobayashi drew from his own knowledge of humanistic letterforms. The result is a redefined Metro; a typeface that is finally ready for heavy text setting. The original Linotype Metro never had italic variants. Kobayashi has created oblique variants, extending its use in document setting. A double-storey a and g, as well as a wider w were features of Dwiggins' original Metro design that were filtered out by Mergenthaler Linotype in the 1930s. Kobayashi remedied this historical slight, retooling Dwiggins' original forms and optimizing their legibility. Kobayashi has additionally retooled some of Metro's more troublesome letters, which has black elements that became too dense. By opening up the troublesome joins (like that on the Q), Kobayashi has given his new Metro a more even color in text, improving its legibility while retaining its original spirit.
The other three families in the Office Alliance type system include Neuzeit Office, Times Europa Office, and Trump Mediaeval Office."
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