Grey Text was conceived — together with
Grey Display and Ultra
Black — as part of the Grey Press.
Since this typeface was my first text typeface, the original brief I set myself was quite
Although most known for the design of Nobel, on the onset of this project I
was fascinated by the quirky elements that Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos worked
into Hollandse Mediaeval (1912), Erasmus (1923) and Grotius
(1925). In the final version only the most apparent elements — the single story
a and g — are remaining. After 60+ iterations the typeface
veered away from the calligraphic starting point towards a modern model. A total
180° turnaround from angled towards vertical contrast.
The typeface is fully equipped with Opentype features such as: small caps and four
styles of numerals. The ligatures feature has a uncommon side-effect. Besides
the basic fi and fl ligatures, it also makes sure that multiple spaces are avoided. For a
graphic designer this is a handy tool — now part of all my typefaces — that
avoids double spaces the editor might have overlooked.
client: the Grey
Press | weight: Book | date: 2008-2009 | format:
Opentype | state: unpublished