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Mont Blanc

The geometric looking sans-serif typeface Mont Blanc a mobile phone in a headline and pull quot, the body text, and the labels of a button and navigation.

Sans-serif typeface

by Svetoslav Simov & Vika Usmanova from Fontfabric

16 styles

Thin to black with matching italics

Variable Font

1 axis (weight)

License for web/app usage

Single: from € 27 (web), € 270 (app)
Bundle: from € 137 (web), € 1,370 (app) including the variable font

Best for

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

Specialty

Well extended language support with Latin, Cyrillic and Greek Script.

My thoughts on Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is a geometric sans serif published by Fontfabric. I like the warm and a bit retro-looking design, giving you the feeling of the early rise of tourism in the middle of the past Century. Maybe this comes to me because of the name?

Anyway, Mont Blanc is made for body text and headlines. It definitely needs some space, since it’s a pretty wide design. This will be beneficial for broader columns in desktop layouts. If you primarily focus on mobile you might consider looking for a slightly narrower alternative that fits more characters into one line. For functional text it’s an edge case. Yes, Fontfabric took the time to make it sturdier and more legible than it’s successor Mont, but still it becomes blurry very smaller sizes due to its very closed shapes. This is also the reason why I would not use it for super text heavy long reading applications.

Mont Blanc vs. Montserrat
Mont Blanc and Montserrat seem very similar at first sight. But their weights are a bit different. The headings are both set in bold, the body text in regular. Montserrat appear more delicate. Switch to Medium to make it look the same as Mont Blanc.

When thinking about similar and popular Google Fonts, Montserrat is the typeface that comes to my mind. If you compare them, they are quite similar at first sight, but with Mont Blanc the overall mood is more geometric and restrained. This is due to its closed shapes and sturdier stokes. Notice the difference in the appeared weight of both regular styles above. This makes it obvious that the named weights are not universal, and you might have to adjust them.

A comparisson of the letters M, e, and c. Both set in Mont Blanc and Montserrat.
Mont Blanc on the left is sturdier and has closed shapes. Especially in the lower case letters have straight endings. To compensate for that, the upper case M for example is more open and angled compared to Montserrat.

Montserrat is a wonderful typeface with a lot of weights and styles, but with everything that’s good and free, it is super wide spread on the web. So Mont Blanc could be a good alternative if you are looking for something close that has a little more uniqueness or even quirkiness.

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