After 11 years, my first text typeface has finally been released into the wild. FF Spinoza was designed to be an elegant workhorse: crisp, sturdy, economical, and versatile. A classic and highly readable Antiqua, it has compact proportions and a generous, though not exaggerated, x-height and aperture. Robust thin strokes and pronounced serifs and terminals make it suitable for setting in small sizes under challenging conditions, both in print and on the Web. Abruptly tapered junctures keep characters sharply defined and, in the heavier weights, create enlivening light traps. Its curves are subtly faceted, with extra corners and unexpectedly straight edges that add interest in display sizes and energy in text sizes.
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With a vintage Selectric typewriter as his muse, Matthew Butterick set out to make a monospaced font that preserved the liveliness & comfortable readability of a proportional design. FB Alix was inspired by IBM’s Prestige, a ’50s stalwart, but features true cursive italics, not sloped variants. An OpenType set of proportional alternates allows for more conventional text fitting while retaining the classic typewriter look; FB 2011
4 Styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic
FB Alix is available as OpenType fonts with oldstyle figures and stylistic alternates.