Non-lining numbers in sans-serif font

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Adam Young's picture
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Non-lining numbers in sans-serif font
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I imagine that many of these exist, but I need proportional (lower case) numbers for a letterhead I’m designing. Does anyone know a common sans type family that has these? Thanks.

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Oh, and also, though this is horribly amateurish: I am unable to get my 60 px x 60 px picture to display properly. Are there size-of-file restrictions that I should know about? The Help section doesn’t seem to have anything about this problem. Thanks.

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Meta, Scala.

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Yes, but that thread doesn’t differentiate proportional OSF.

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I would guess the lion’s share of OSF fonts are proportional.

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Well, majority anyway. There are a fair number of faces from one big foundry (Lino? Mono?) that have tabular OsF, as I recall.

The other thing about that thread is that it only counts typefaces that also have small caps. Again, most have both, but one can think of some (e.g. Myriad Pro) that only have OsF.

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And a very annoying limitation it is. Thomas, is there any chance that Adobe might add smallcaps to Myriad Pro?

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It’s a request that we have noted, and are keeping in mind for any future updates to the typeface.

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>There are a fair number of faces from one big foundry (Lino? Mono?) that have tabular OsF, as I recall.

I always put tabular OSF in my typefaces: if you’re designing a new typeface, why not? It reduces unnecessary fonts. No need to follow the serif model.

The “one” in most proportional sans OSF is slight; a wider form of the glyph, with pronounced serif(s), is more distinctive. However, I will admit that proportional OSF may integrate better into U&lc text, in some weights of certain sans faces (the lc being proportional), but the little “one” is still problematic.

Also helpful in achieving even color in a sans OSF: an extra “serif” at the top left of the “7” improves fit.

These features are both in Fontesque Sans, and Preface.
Sans OSF