Type Gallery – Menhart

Font Designer: Oldrich Menhart, 1934

It is no secret that fine typographers around the world have long respected Czech typefaces. The trend toward Central European quality and innovation goes back to the early 20th century, and Oldrich Menhart (1897–1962) played a key role. One of his many typefaces was this eponymous design, created in 1934 for Monotype. Recently, it was rereleased as a family of extended OpenType fonts. This is the first revival since the hot metal faces were cut.

Menhart’s design is light and open, with an even color and a slight “squareness” to its round shapes. Like all OpenType Pro fonts from Monotype Imaging, Menhart™ Pro supports almost all Western, Central, and Eastern European languages that use the Roman alphabet. Because the Czech alphabet has 15 accented letters, Menhart included these diacritics as an integral part of his design, not as an afterthought. As a result, accented copy set in Menhart has a cohesive quality rarely seen in other typefaces.

How can one best summarize Menhart’s style? Here are words from the designer himself: “I believe that a Czech style of type comes above all from the spirit in which it was designed, which gives it its ‘signature,‘ and not so much from decorative composition, and even less from the geographic location of its creation.” This typeface is a tribute to his values. Menhart Pro captures the unique personality of his timeless design, while greatly extending its range of use.

Other OpenType features in Menhart Pro include small caps, oldstyle figures, diagonal fractions, superscripts, subscripts, ordinals, and ligatures!
Let the outstanding quality of this typeface convince you.
Download a printable sample of Menhart as a PDF.

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