Designed in 2009 and released through an independent type foundry by UK-based studio The Entente, Aperçu is considered as a blend of several fonts. It borrowed and merged characteristics of classic realist typefaces such as Johnston, Gill Sans, Neuzeit, and Franklin Gothic.
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Aperçu has been recently classified as Neo-Grostesque – a refinement of the grotesque design that focuses on legibility. While the typeface sports low visual contrast and tall x-height, characteristics of older grotesques such as tight apertures are a nod to its origins. This gives the typeface a mixed or unraveled look, which has been made to work in various ranges of design concepts.
Its simple, easy-going aesthetic has been preferred in a lot of marketing designs. Its ovoid shapes meld well with bright colors and geometric illustrations, promoting a relaxed ‘voice’ compared to other kinds of grotesque sans serifs. This also helps in its flexibility towards a range of scales and applications.
Aperçu in Design
Whether the presentation is casual or formal, Aperçu delivers the intended effect when combined with the right elements. Technical presentations also gain an advantage using this typeface, as its monospace weights give a design project a bit of personality while getting down to business. Aperçu’s general instability allows it to take slanted or curved baselines, but in turn makes irregular spacing.
Aperçu is released in 2010 by Colophon Foundry, making it available in a proportional family of 8 weights: Thin, ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, ExtraBold and Black – all with corresponding italics. A monospaced family in Light, Regular, Medium, and Bold is also offered. Colophon currently makes this typeface available in three licenses: Standard, Professional, and Arabic.