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TT Autonomous

The super wiede, squarish display sans-serif typeface TT Autonomous on a mobile phone in a headline and pull quote and button.

Display typeface

by TypeType Foundry

16 styles

8 weights from Extra Light to Extra Bold, with matching italics, plus Extra Bold in an outline version.

Variable Font

1 axis (weight)

License for web/app usage

Single: from € 38 (web), € 380 (app)
Bundle: from € 94 (web), € 940 (app)

Best for

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

Specialty

The monospace, and the outline version.

My thoughts on TT Autonomous

TT Autonomous by the TypeType Foundry from St. Petersburg just caught my eye when I saw it. I immediately fell in love with this very wide and squarish design. It’s rounded on the outside, but it has rectangular insides. I like the tension this creates, it has a somehow futuristic feel to it, but it also has a brutalist, broken touch to it. The italic seems very fast, and did you see that crazily wide dot on the i?

A modern, brutally technological display typeface! ??????????? ?????????? ????????????? ??????? ?? 17 ??????????.TT Autonomous still looks okay in a lead-in paragraph, even in italic and slightly smaller for display text. Not too small though, it still should be above 22, 24 px somehow. And an Outline Style!
TT Autonomous Light, Extra Bold, Regular Italic, and Extra Bold Outline

This is definitely not a typeface for body text, and for functional text it’s too wide. I could imagine it for a title or some headings, maybe an intro text? When set in a paragraph, It’s not super readable, it more or less creates a rhythmical pattern. And for mobile design it needs too much space. These are all arguments against it, but still, I love the way it looks and the vibe it creates. This speed. For a desktop web design, that goes more into an editorial direction, I could definitely imagine it, or anything that’s more horizontally oriented will benefit from it.

But what do you think? Is TT Autonomous something for an upcoming project? Tell me in the comments below!

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