Retina Type Family
At Frere-Jones Type
Design & Direction
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graphic design use (the family had previously been structured to serve the newspaper environment for which it was originally made).