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Bryant
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bryant Eric Olson, 2002/2005

Bryant, an interpretation of the geometric sans serif, was inspired by the mechanical lettering stencils used by draftsmen and hobbyists in the 1960s and ’70s. Olson rectified the templates’ technical imprecision and implemented consistent strokes and strong capitals. Bryant’s round terminals and open letters maintain the kit’s vernacular charm. Both tubby and wiry, techie and cute, Bryant can shift its tone depending on the application with the help of its alternate characters.

cronos pro Robert Slimbach, 1997

Cronos Pro is a humanist sans serif. The underlying structure of its romans references calligraphy of the Italian Renaissance. Its high x-height and modulated strokes (with angled ends and extended apexes) help Cronos read at smaller sizes. Overall thickness, rounded edges, and curved tails introduce whim with a nonintrusive presence. Critics have argued that, from a creative license standpoint, Cronos too closely resembles Today Sans, designed by Volker Küster 11 years earlier.

pmn caecilia Peter Matthias Noordzij, 1991

PMN Caecilia, a neohumanist slab serif, achieves an unthinkable combination by integrating subtle line modulation and a narrow italic reminiscent of handwriting. In its development, Noordzij cycled through names including Academic, Claudius, and Gaudium before settling on the namesake from a line of revered women that includes his own wife, Marie-Cécile. Caecilias large counters and high x-height are so easy on the eyes that Amazon offers the typeface as a standard on its Kindle.