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Glypha
Utopia
Linotype Centennial

glypha Adrian Frutiger, 1980

Glypha is a condensed adjustment to Frutiger’s slab serif, Serifa, released in 1967 after the basic forms of Univers. Its name, derived from “hieroglyph, is meant to remind people of Egypt. Higher x-heights and oval-based curves increase legibility while giving the illusion of a narrower form that is useful for headlines/space-restricted projects. Glypha’s horizontal, square serifs and variant stroke widths appear forcibly engineered, but its numerous weights are a testament to its utility.

utopia Robert Slimbach, 1993

Utopia, a transitional serif, is among the initial group of Adobe Original typefaces. Utopia’s design is not a direct revival. Its vertical axis and open counters maintain crispness even at low print quality. An industrious newspaper face, Utopia exhibits flair in its footless k and the lachrymal terminals of a, c, f, and r. Adobe’s donation of Utopia for the X Window System raised questions about offering free fonts in the (then) new age of digital type.

linotype centennial Adrian Frutiger, 1986

Linotype Centennial is a neoclassical serif released by Adobe in honor of the 100th birthday of the Linotype machine, an American invention that initiated a radical printing revolution across the world. Centennial was intended to compete with Times as a go-to text typeface. Its curved, upright tails and emphatic ball terminals amplify the elegance of its high contrast strokes. High x-height and slightly condensed forms create an extremely legible typeface for books and newspapers.