More Fonts with Duplexed Weights?

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Hello Guys et Dolls:

In the fabulous FAQ section on the H&FJ foundry website we learn of five fonts that have “weight duplexed” tabular numerals. These are highly useful for financial reports and statements (as they’ve mentioned), however; wouldn’t we also find this valuable for creating resumes, invoices and even cookbooks?

Yes, of course. We love the optically perfect—both horizontally and vertically!

Chronicle Text
Mercury Text

Surely, these select H&FJ types aren’t the last word in fonts that allow you to mix bold and regular weights without repagination.

If you know of the other fonts or foundries that have this highly desirable feature please spill the beans.

Mike Diaz :-)

Nick Shinn's picture

Most of mine:

Scotch Modern
Figgins Sans
FF Oneleigh OT
Pratt Pro
Beaufort Pro
Bodoni Egyptian

I also believe that Chester Jenkins at Village is very keen on this feature.

Reed Reibstein's picture

Amplitude Classified
All the faces of Font Bureau's Readability Series have grades, e.g. Quiosco, which can double for bolder weights. Same for Greta Text.

Paul Cutler's picture

I'm keen on this feature as well. Grades make color so much easier.


SuperUltraFabulous's picture


So grades = weight duplex?

Here is Galaxie Polaris Book and Bold:

Are these duplexed?

When I have a bunch of numbers they look pretty good. But if I zoom in I see it’s not exactly lined up, then again we’re not even sure if Galaxie is duplexed.

Are grades/duplex text/numerals more difficult to make?

Mike Diaz :-)

Reed Reibstein's picture

Well, grades are designed, according to H&FJ, "using the same set of character widths, so designers prototyping with one font can switch grades later without affecting copyfit." So, yes, typefaces with grades have weight duplexing, albeit in smaller increments than a typical roman and bold, for example.

If I understand your question, I don't think you'll find many typefaces that are duplexed between weights (rather than grades), since that would really mess-up the spacing in many cases. Some monospaced faces are duplexed between weights, and if you look for unaltered digital versions of Linotype faces you'll find duplexed italics, e.g. in Sabon. Another type family that's duplexed is the delightful Klimax.

Stephen Coles's picture

Different concepts. Grades, at least as defined as H&FJ, are slight weight variations on a single weight, usually used for optimizing the quality of text on different papers or presses. Poynter is another example.

H&FJ is defining a family with duplexed weights as one that shares the same width among all its weights. Other families like this:

Maya Samuels
Mic 32

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

sorry for messing up the order... I should have made another post :-(

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Okay, I’m really confused now. I think I’ll sleep on this and approach this topic in the morning.

Coles, this is a good candidate for a new FontShop FontList.

ChristTrekker's picture

Delicious (exljbris) has that feature with every character, not just numerals. Change the weight, line length is unchanged. Don't recall if it has tabular digits or not though.

daverowland's picture

I was under the impression that keeping the same width for tabular figures across weights was standard practice.

PabloImpallari's picture

Just found one more: Excelsior (aka News 702 in the Bitstream nomenclature).
And given its proportions, it turns out to be very good for web body text.

joeclark's picture


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