The Palatino Story

The biggest surprises accompanying Palatino® nova´s release are the Palatino Sans and Palatino Sans Informal families. After almost 70 years designing some of the world´s most well-known serif and script typefaces, Hermann Zapf has applied his extensive knowledge to the sans serif genre. Like his landmark 1998 hit Zapfino®, the exceptionally original Palatino Sans and Palatino Sans Informal are a fresh contribution to typography. Their distinct approach is groundbreaking: unlike most sans serif designs, which are inspired by the grotesque-style, the two Palatino Sans families are the result of a softer approach to the alphabet.
Palatino Sans, and especially Palatino Sans Informal, feel more human than their traditional counterparts; their movements are organic, not constructed.

How does such an experienced designer create something that is both entirely new and this awe-inspiring? The answer lies in Hermann Zapf´s experience. Interestingly enough, he had begun sketching ideas for a similar sans serif in the 1970s. Although these ideas were not developed further at the time, Hermann Zapf continued pondering their possibilities over the next 30 years. After the success of the Optima® nova project, Linotype suggested that he follow up with a Palatino super family. Beginning the project by revisiting his classic Palatino typefaces and his 1970s sketches, Hermann Zapf reworked them both. The fully developed Palatino Sans and Palatino Sans Informal families – two companions to Palatino nova – were born.

The Palatino nova super family equips designers with unlimited possibilities – with so many related styles and weights, there is no design challenge that it cannot handle.

Palatino nova, along with Avenir® Next, Compatil®, Eurostile® Next, Frutiger® Next, Optima® nova, Univers® Next (formerly Linotype Univers), Sabon® Next and Syntax® Next (formerly Linotype Syntax) belongs to the typefaces of the Linotype Platinum Collection.
These fonts were carefully digitized and have the high quality demanded by professional typography. All fonts of the Platinum Collection were produced according to the Linotype tradition of quality.
Linotype and its authorized partners offer these fonts as Platinum Collections CDs or as single fonts or value packs.

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