by William Montrose, from Kilotype
2 axes (weight, width)
40 styles (instances)
10 weights: Air to Heavy
4 widths: Regular to Compressed
License for web & app usage
Single: from $ 60 (web),$ 120 (app)
Bundle: from $ 700 (web), $ 1,400 (app)
- Headings (display text)
- Long reading text (body text)
- User Interfaces (functional text)
A versatile, distinct grotesque typeface, that goes from a simple geometric feel to a more strict, and restrained appearance the narrower it gets.
My thoughts on Oldschool Grotesk
Oldschool Grotesk was designed by William Montrose, the co-founder of the German foundry Kilotype. This typeface I immediately fell in love with. Why? Because when I think of grotesque typefaces, one thing come to my mind: strict. But Oldschool Grotesk feels different, at least in the regular width. It is quite space consuming, even geometric. Nothing like Akzidenz Grotesk, for example. You can see this at the o or e. But the narrower it gets, the stricter, more reserved or rational it becomes.
You can observe this shift of moods in the example blow as well. The default width, and Oldschool Grotesk Compact work well for body text, and functional text in interesting UIs. Condensed and Compressed should only be used for large display text, though.
This vast design space is the super strength of Oldschool Grotesk. It makes the typeface very versatile, working on posters and in app designs. The only thing that might be missing are italics. But I could live with that for most projects. Make sure to check out the beautiful Oldschool Grotesk Microsite to see the typeface with all its variable superpowers in action.
What do you think? Is Oldschool Grotesk something for an upcoming project? Tell me in the comments below!