Linotype Nautilus expands into two new families: Nautilus Text and Nautilus Monoline
Hellmut G. Bomm
first released his Linotype Nautilus
™ typeface in 1999. Ten years later, he updated and expanded the design; now users have two additional families at their disposal: Nautilus Text
and Nautilus Monoline
. Nautilus Text bears more similarities to the original Linotype Nautilus. The letters shows a high degree of contrast in their stroke modulation.
Bomm’s intention was to create a clear, highly legible face. While the even strokes of most sans serif types eventually tire the eyes in long texts, the marked stroke contrast of Nautilus Text lends the face its legibility. The characters were drawn with a broad tipped pen. Like serif typefaces, the forms of Nautilus Text display a variety of elements. Its characters are narrow, with relatively large spaces between them. This helps create an overall open appearance, and allows a large quantity of text to fit into a small space.
Nautilus Monoline’s letters share the same overall proportions as Nautilus Text’s. But as their name implies, they are monolinear. Their strokes do not have the calligraphic modulation that Nautilus Text features. This allows them to set another sort of headline, making Nautilus Monoline a refreshing display type choice to pair with body text set in Nautilus Text.