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The advantages of large font family groups
in web design
A typeface super family or family group is a family of fonts that incorporates different styles, such as serif and sans serif variants. One advantage of a super family is the fact that all the variants are carefully coordinated so that they can readily be used in combination. This advantage also carries over into web design. Many font family groups are available as web fonts and thus represent the basis for a harmonised typography. In the following, we not only describe a selection of font family groups, but also recommend ways in which you can create perfectly corresponding headlines, subheadings and body texts.
Mantika (Mantika Sans, Mantika Informal)
Mantika by Jürgen Weltin is derived from the Antiqua font concept and the typeface radiates a friendly and individual character. You can use the amenable forms of Mantika Informal to set headlines with an affable feel and set your subheadings and text in the readily legible Mantika Sans.
Satero (Satero Sans, Satero Serif)
The deliberate decision by Werner Schneider to forego any form of ornamentation in the case of Satero has resulted in a font reduced to fundamentals but with a quite definitive character. The concise letters of Satero Serif will give your headlines an unmistakable touch. Use, for example, Satero Serif Bold for main headlines and Italic for subheadings. Satero Sans cuts a fine figure when used as a text font.
ITC Officina (ITC Officina Display, ITC Officina Serif, ITC Officina Sans)
Originally developed for office use, the Officina family by Erik Spiekermann and Ole Schäfer rapidly became a design trendsetter. Its distinctive letters with their typically conical and slightly angled line terminals are suitable for use in almost any context. Officina Display Black has been specially developed for setting headlines. Officina Serif Medium Italic would be the ideal selection for subheadings while Officina Sans Book is perfect for longer text.
Aptifer (Aptifer Sans, Aptifer Slab)
The neutral forms of Aptifer by Mårten Thavenius exhibit just a hint of the style of an Antiqua font and as a result have a quite unique appearance and high recognition value. In contrast with the bold Aptifer Sans Black that can be used to set main headings, Aptifer Slab Italic is more comfortable in subheadings. The clearly defined outlines of Aptifer Sans ensure that larger text sections are readily legible.
Xenois (Xenois Semi, Xenois Sans, Xenois Serif)
The absolute reduction to essentials provides Xenois by Erik Faulhaber with a technological and slightly futuristic feel. Despite this, the letters have been designed to ensure perfect legibility – a factor that is mainly attributable to their large x-height. You can use Xenois Serif Bold to give your headlines a special touch and the distinctive Xenois Sans Light will provide text with a contemporary texture.
Compatil (Compatil Letter, Compatil Text, Compatil Exquisit, Compatil Fact)
Designed specifically with the typographic context of business reports in mind, Olaf Leu’s versatile Compatil can be used in practically all areas of corporate communication. Employed as small caps, Compatil Exquisit Bold will create very stylish headlines. While retaining consistency, Compatil Fact Bold Italic can be used to create a different ambience in subheadings. And the excellent legibility of Compatil Text comes to the fore when it is used to set text.
Generis (Generis Sans, Generis Simple, Generis Serif, Generis Slab)
Harmony, rhythm, legibility and formal restraint are the main characteristics of Generis by Erik Faulhaber. Despite its minimal profile, this font radiates its own personal geniality. The forthright Generis Sans Heavy can be used, for example, in headlines, the dynamic Generis Serif Medium Italic for subheadings and the distinctive Generis Slab Light for the text.
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