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Graham Bradley

Retina Type Family

Retina Type Family Microplus Condensed Light Capitals Retina Type Family Narrow Medium Lowercase Retina Type Family Microplus Condensed Figures Retina Type Family Condensed Thin Capitals Retina Type Family Microplus Bold Italic Lowercase Retina Type Family Black Capitals

Date
October 2016

Context
At Frere-Jones Type

Design & Direction
Tobias Frere-Jones

Contributions
Nina Stössinger
Tim Ripper
Dave Foster
Octavio Pardo
Ksenya Samarskaya
Colin Ford

The Retina type family consists of 72-styles, divided between two optical sizes, three widths, and seven weights. The MicroPlus styles, with their distintive ink traps and exaggerated shapes, came first and were created for the tiniest type, both in print and on screen. The rest of the family is grounded in the characteristic shapes of the MicroPlus fonts, but fulfills a more typical typographic role. The Retina family is extremely versatile, and can handle everything from condensed stock listings to text on screen to banner-sized headlines to pages of running text. The family was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for its Architecture and Design Collection.

In 2016, Frere-Jones Type released an expanded and revised version of the family. The language support was improved, italics were added, parts of the family were redrawn and respaced so that they could be used for running text, and the structure of weights and widths was reworked for more general graphic design use (the family had previously been structured to serve the newspaper environment for which it was originally made).

Retina Type Family Specimen Condensed Lowercase
Retina Type Family Specimen Lowercase
Retina Type Family Specimen Condensed Capitals
Retina Type Family Specimen Capitals
Retina Type Family Specimen Microplus Condensed Lowercase
Retina Type Family Specimen Microplus Lowercase
Retina Type Family Specimen Microplus Condensed Capitals
Retina Type Family Specimen Microplus Capitals