Sans-serif typeface

from Typeji
designed by Tien-Min Liao

16 Styles

8 Weights: Thin to Black
with matching italics

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

License starting

below $175 (bundle)

Specialty

A sans-serif that will give your headings and logotypes a certain playful curl, while maintaining a solid and clear impression.

My thoughts on Fig Grotesk

You might say: “Come on, another Grotesk?” Well, Fig Grotesk is not. It’s a true eye-catcher, not as polished and “neutral” as the Inters and Robotos of the world. This one has personality, is playful and quirky, conserving the interesting vibes of Grotesk typefaces from the early 1900s. But why is that?

Sober & Curly
Fig Grotesk combines the unrefined quirkiness of early Grotesk typefaces with a sober geometric construction, the restrained feeling that comes with closed letter shapes, and playfulness that shows in unexpected curls.
Lovable Clumsy Italics
$23.- €4.789,01 £56
Retro vibes of Fig Grotesk – I adore these numerals, and that playful curly comma!

Let’s take a look at the details. Based on a geometric construction, Fig Grotesk combines many influences. The closed letter shapes (look at e, s, a) give it a restrained, sober touch. At the same time, the curled terminals add this certain playfulness and personality to it.

Lower case e with a geometric touch, almost circular. Lower case s has very closed apertures. The double story lower case g shows surprising curls at the ear and a broad flat loop. The lower case t shows a curled terminal and a wide bar.
Fig Grotesk mixes geometric touches with quirkyness, restrained with playful.

But with all that curls, they might get into each other’s way. This is why there is one contextual alternate, as you can see below. Also, the thoughtful ligatures assure that a word will look smooth and connected, which can be especially important in logotypes.

Curly clashes avoided, thanks to contextual alternates and ligatures there are smooth connections.

All these traits that make Fig Grotesk ideal for logos, posters, headlines, or even a little copy. For anything more, it will become too striking. This typeface, is still a work in progress and available on Future Fonts, but already in a quite refined stage.

Recommended Font Pairing

For body text or UI text, any other more functional Grotesk typeface will work, like bashed Roboto or Inter, but also Golos. For a more contrasting pairing, Fraunces would be very interesting for body text.

Fig Grotesk
Fig Grotesk
  • Headings
  • Copy

Learn more about pairing typefaces using the Font Matrix.


How do you feel about Fig Grotesk? Tell me in the comments!

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2 Comments

  1. I feel that Fig Grotesk might be a winner of the Font Friday 2023. year!
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Who could resist that lovely “y” or “r”?
    Fir Grotesk has firm curls, firmer than any black lady’s hairstyle. 👩🏾

    Interestingly, no matter how good the font is, I won’t love the “s”. Hm.
    Much of the potential in lowercase “e”, a circular base for the logo symbol.
    What a nice font to close the October!

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