A new typeface family for the Baltimore Sun

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The Mencken family was created by Jean François Porchez for The Baltimore Sun redesign, launched on 19th September 2005. The Mencken family includes various members: Text, Subhead, Head, Head Narrow, Head Compressed, Nameplates, each of them specially designed for their own function. Focus groups conducted during the redesign period liked the Mencken family; 75 percent preferred Mencken over the previous Sun typefaces. The family’s name Mencken is a tribute to H.L. Mencken’s journalistic contributions to The Sun.




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