Type Systems

The advantage of type systems

Type Systems
It is not always easy to find the right font for a project. Particularly when different styles need to be combined – a good sense of beautiful contrast or the perfect harmony is necessary, so that the design does not appear arbitrary. Among other things, characteristics like weight and the x-height of the letters also play a decisive role.
Type systems can be a great help in these situations. They provide multiple font styles, but share a common basic shape of the letters. As a result, you can use different tonalities in your designs that match one another automatically. The principle of common basic shapes guarantees you weights, x-heights, and design principles that harmonize with each other, without compromise or hesitation. For large projects – corporate identity, for example – type systems are indispensable.
In the following, you’ll learn about the popular type systems Mantika, Diverda and Neo. You can use them right away in your next project.


Mantika

Mantika

The shapes of Mantika by Jürgen Weltin, derived from the Antiqua, radiate a warm and personal character. The family includes three members, Mantika Sans, Mantika Informal and Mantika Book.
In Mantika Sans, a carefully implied line use and the contrast derived from an Antiqua recall its design predecessor. This solid sans serif, optimized for use in text, also has a particularly energetic and dynamically designed italic.
Mantika Informal also brings to mind a cursive font at first glance; ultimately, however, it is not easily categorized. Its light, organic shapes combine the informally flowing style of cursive handwriting with the open and airy form and contrast of a humanist sans serif.
Mantika Book returns to the roots of the Mantika family and is reminiscent of the Renaissance Antiqua typeface. It combines cleverly a little old-style feeling with the soft but durable character of a contemporary serif typeface. The primary application of this reading font is, as the name suggests, in book typesetting.
For example, use the clear forms of Mantika Sans for headlines, the very legible Mantika Book for the text, and highlight marginal or emphasized quotations with the light and cheerful character of Mantika Informal.
Click here for a closer look at Mantika Sans, Mantika Informal and Mantika Book.


Diverda

Diverda

The geometric shapes of the Diverda by Daniel Lanz have no ornamentation and have a restrained and neutral character. The Diverda family has two styles available, Diverda Sans and Diverda Serif.
In Diverda Sans, a contrast in stroke width derived from the writing flow as well as clear letterforms ensures great readability. A carefully reduced x-height lends Diverda Sans a light and somewhat formal appearance. A true italic, with letter shapes derived from the Antiqua, ensures the requirements of a good text font.
Diverda Serif is a slab serif with strong, rectangular serifs. The contrast in the stroke width is slightly larger compared to the sans. Similar to the sans, the serif also has a true italic with significantly modified letterforms.
Both styles of Diverda are universally applicable and cut a very fine figure in headings as well as in body text.
Click here for a closer look at Diverda Sans and Diverda Serif.


Neo

Neo

The heavily reduced forms of the square sans Neo by Sebastian Lester have a very modern and somewhat futuristic character. This system has two styles available, Neo Sans and Neo Tech.
Neo Sans is a monolinear font with soft, yet pronounced curves. A large x-height, very open forms and the lack of spurs emphasize the stencil-like character of the sans.
The shapes of the Neo Tech have been further reduced and stylized. As a result, Neo Tech appears much more futuristic and, above all, more technical than its sister font.
Thanks to their distinctive character and high degree of recognition value, Neo is ideally suited to headlines and short texts. Neo Tech in particular draws attention with its greatly reduced, individual letters in headlines.
Click here for a closer look at Neo Sans and Neo Tech.