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The design of Adapter started with a goal shared by many other designers: to create a simple, no-frills sans serif that would appeal to contemporary modernist and post-modernist aesthetics. A straightforward, universal typeface that is easy to use for a wide range of design genres.

We found that modernist sans serifs (or neo-grotesques such as Helvetica or Arial) tend to be used according to two different logics. They are an unobtrusive, basic, or even default choice when used for continuous texts. Yet they can also be selected intentionally to make a strong stylistic statement suggesting minimalism or unaesthetics when used in posters, magazines, or book covers. These are two very different objectives, and we argue they are best addressed with different shapes. That’s why we designed two different typefaces with two different design personalities.

Adapter Text looks as if it were designed by a typographer who cares mostly about ergonomics, ease of reading, and an even rhythm. Emphasized design features, generous spacing, overall openness, and slightly squarish counters that lend themselves well to low resolutions were all made to honour the reading experience.

Adapter Display, on the other hand, was designed by an architect – a lover of symmetry, alignment, impact, and black colour. Its round shapes are rounder and its spiky parts, spikier. It remains casually uninvolved, but it has personality. It is tightly spaced for a striking impact in headlines. The display sizes also permit a wider range of usable weights.

Parts of the same system, Adapter Display and Adapter Text were two separate sets of fonts. But we wanted to keep the system compact. So, we packed the whole range of weights, text and display size-specific variants, and even the italics into a single, lightweight variable font. Adapter currently supports Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. A simple, flexible solution.

Read about The making of Adapter, Adapter™ World design programme, or download the free trial fonts in the checkout.

Art-direction:
William Montrose,
David Březina

Design:
William Montrose (Latin),
Sláva Jevčinová (Cyrillic, Greek, Latin, Hebrew),
Borna Izadpanah (Arabic)

Published: 2019

Language support:
Cyrillic (64 languages)
Greek (1 language)
Latin (259 languages)
Hebrew (6 languages)
Arabic (31 languages)

Variable font axes:
Optical size (opsz): 4 to 18
Weight (wght): 100 to 900
Slant (slnt): −10 to 0

Adapter is a trade mark of Rosetta Type Foundry s.r.o.

Modern Cyrillic 2019

opentype features

Catalan
Dutch
Uppercase alternates
Case-sensitive variants
Slashed zero
Tabular lining figures
A lot of combinable arrows
Serbian/Macedonian forms (set language or use stylistic sets 7 & 9)
Mark positioning
Discretionary ligatures
Romanian/Moldavian
Lowercase alternates
Case-sensitive punctuation
Ordinals
Arbitrary fractions
Superiors & inferiors
Bullets & symbols
Bulgarian forms (set language or use stylistic set 8)
Urdu contextual alternates
Tabular lining figures
Urdu figures (lang. feature)
Persian figures
Text Latin
259 languages
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Latin (259 languages)
Acheron, Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Amis, Anuta, Aragonese, Arbëreshë Albanian, Arvanitika Albanian (Latin), Asturian, Asu (Tanzania), Atayal, Aymara, Azerbaijani (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bemba (Zambia), Bena (Tanzania), Bikol, Bislama, Borana-Arsi-Guji Oromo, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Central Kurdish (Latin), Chamorro, Chavacano, Chickasaw, Chiga, Cimbrian, Cofán, Congo Swahili, Cook Islands Māori, Cornish, Corsican, Creek, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dehu, Dutch, Eastern Abnaki, Eastern Arrernte, Eastern Frisian, Eastern Oromo, Embu, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Friulian, Gagauz (Latin), Galician, Ganda, Ga’anda, German, Gheg Albanian, Gilbertese, Gooniyandi, Guadeloupean Creole French, Gusii, Haitian, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Ho-Chunk, Hopi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Iloko, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interglossa, Interlingua, Interlingue, Irish, Istro Romanian, Italian, Jamaican Creole English, Javanese (Latin), Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kaingang, Kala Lagaw Ya, Kalaallisut, Kalenjin, Kamba (Kenya), Kaqchikel, Karelian, Kashubian, Kekchí, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Klingon, Kongo, Kuanyama, Kurdish, Kölsch, Ladin, Latgalian, Latin, Latvian, Ligurian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Low German, Lower Sorbian, Luba-Lulua, Lule Sami, Luo (Kenya and Tanzania), Luxembourgish, Macedo-Romanian, Makhuwa, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Makwe, Malagasy, Malaysian (Latin), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Mauritian Creole, Meriam Mir, Meru, Minang, Mirandese, Mochi, Mohawk, Montagnais, Montenegrin (Latin), Munsee, Murrinh-Patha, Muslim Tat (Latin), Mwani, Naga Pidgin, Neapolitan, Niuean, North Azerbaijani (Latin), North Marquesan, North Ndebele, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Kurdish (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Uzbek (Latin), Norwegian, Nyanja, Nyankole, Occitan, Orma, Palauan, Pampanga, Papiamento, Pedi, Piemontese, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Romany, Rombo, Rotokas, Rundi, Rwa, Samburu, Samoan, Sango, Sangu (Tanzania), Saramaccan, Sardinian, Saterfriesisch, Scottish Gaelic, Sena, Serbian (Latin), Seri, Seselwa Creole French, Shambala, Shawnee, Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, South Azerbaijani (Latin), South Marquesan, South Ndebele, Southern Sami, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Sranan Tongo, Standard Estonian, Standard Latvian, Standard Malay (Latin), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Swiss German, Tagalog, Tahitian, Taita, Talysh (Latin), Teso, Tetum, Tetun Dili, Tok Pisin, Tokelau, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Tosk Albanian, Tsakhur (Latin), Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Tzotzil, Uab Meto, Uighur (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Vietnamese, Volapük, Vunjo, Võro, Wallisian, Walloon, Walser, Wangaaybuwan-Ngiyambaa, Waray (Philippines), Warlpiri, Wayuu, Welsh, West Central Oromo, Western Abnaki, Western Frisian, Wik-Mungkan, Wiradjuri, Wolof, Xavánte, Xhosa, Yapese, Yindjibarndi, Zapotec, Zulu, Zuni
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Latin (259 languages)
Acheron, Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Amis, Anuta, Aragonese, Arbëreshë Albanian, Arvanitika Albanian (Latin), Asturian, Asu (Tanzania), Atayal, Aymara, Azerbaijani (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bemba (Zambia), Bena (Tanzania), Bikol, Bislama, Borana-Arsi-Guji Oromo, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Central Kurdish (Latin), Chamorro, Chavacano, Chickasaw, Chiga, Cimbrian, Cofán, Congo Swahili, Cook Islands Māori, Cornish, Corsican, Creek, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dehu, Dutch, Eastern Abnaki, Eastern Arrernte, Eastern Frisian, Eastern Oromo, Embu, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Friulian, Gagauz (Latin), Galician, Ganda, Ga’anda, German, Gheg Albanian, Gilbertese, Gooniyandi, Guadeloupean Creole French, Gusii, Haitian, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Ho-Chunk, Hopi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Iloko, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interglossa, Interlingua, Interlingue, Irish, Istro Romanian, Italian, Jamaican Creole English, Javanese (Latin), Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kaingang, Kala Lagaw Ya, Kalaallisut, Kalenjin, Kamba (Kenya), Kaqchikel, Karelian, Kashubian, Kekchí, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Klingon, Kongo, Kuanyama, Kurdish, Kölsch, Ladin, Latgalian, Latin, Latvian, Ligurian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Low German, Lower Sorbian, Luba-Lulua, Lule Sami, Luo (Kenya and Tanzania), Luxembourgish, Macedo-Romanian, Makhuwa, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Makwe, Malagasy, Malaysian (Latin), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Mauritian Creole, Meriam Mir, Meru, Minang, Mirandese, Mochi, Mohawk, Montagnais, Montenegrin (Latin), Munsee, Murrinh-Patha, Muslim Tat (Latin), Mwani, Naga Pidgin, Neapolitan, Niuean, North Azerbaijani (Latin), North Marquesan, North Ndebele, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Kurdish (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Uzbek (Latin), Norwegian, Nyanja, Nyankole, Occitan, Orma, Palauan, Pampanga, Papiamento, Pedi, Piemontese, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Romany, Rombo, Rotokas, Rundi, Rwa, Samburu, Samoan, Sango, Sangu (Tanzania), Saramaccan, Sardinian, Saterfriesisch, Scottish Gaelic, Sena, Serbian (Latin), Seri, Seselwa Creole French, Shambala, Shawnee, Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, South Azerbaijani (Latin), South Marquesan, South Ndebele, Southern Sami, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Sranan Tongo, Standard Estonian, Standard Latvian, Standard Malay (Latin), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Swiss German, Tagalog, Tahitian, Taita, Talysh (Latin), Teso, Tetum, Tetun Dili, Tok Pisin, Tokelau, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Tosk Albanian, Tsakhur (Latin), Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Tzotzil, Uab Meto, Uighur (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Vietnamese, Volapük, Vunjo, Võro, Wallisian, Walloon, Walser, Wangaaybuwan-Ngiyambaa, Waray (Philippines), Warlpiri, Wayuu, Welsh, West Central Oromo, Western Abnaki, Western Frisian, Wik-Mungkan, Wiradjuri, Wolof, Xavánte, Xhosa, Yapese, Yindjibarndi, Zapotec, Zulu, Zuni
Text Cyrillic
64 languages
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Cyrillic (64 languages)
Abaza, Adyghe, Aghul, Andi, Archi, Avaric, Bashkir, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bezhta, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Budukh, Bulgarian, Buriat, Chamalal, Chechen, Chinese Buriat (Cyrillic), Chuvash, Crimean Tatar (Cyrillic), Dargwa, Dido, Dungan, Erzya, Halh Mongolian, Ingush (Cyrillic), Judeo-Tat (Cyrillic), Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Karachay-Balkar, Karata, Kazakh, Khinalugh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Komi-Zyrian, Kumyk, Lak, Lezghian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Mongolian Buriat (Cyrillic), Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Muslim Tat (Cyrillic), Nanai, Nogai, Northern Uzbek (Cyrillic), Ossetian, Russian, Russian Buriat (Cyrillic), Rusyn, Rutul, Serbian (Cyrillic), Shughni, Tabassaran, Tajik, Tatar, Tsakhur (Cyrillic), Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvinian, Uighur (Cyrillic), Ukrainian, Uzbek
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Cyrillic (64 languages)
Abaza, Adyghe, Aghul, Andi, Archi, Avaric, Bashkir, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bezhta, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Budukh, Bulgarian, Buriat, Chamalal, Chechen, Chinese Buriat (Cyrillic), Chuvash, Crimean Tatar (Cyrillic), Dargwa, Dido, Dungan, Erzya, Halh Mongolian, Ingush (Cyrillic), Judeo-Tat (Cyrillic), Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Karachay-Balkar, Karata, Kazakh, Khinalugh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Komi-Zyrian, Kumyk, Lak, Lezghian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Mongolian Buriat (Cyrillic), Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Muslim Tat (Cyrillic), Nanai, Nogai, Northern Uzbek (Cyrillic), Ossetian, Russian, Russian Buriat (Cyrillic), Rusyn, Rutul, Serbian (Cyrillic), Shughni, Tabassaran, Tajik, Tatar, Tsakhur (Cyrillic), Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvinian, Uighur (Cyrillic), Ukrainian, Uzbek
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Modern Greek (Monotonic)
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Modern Greek (Monotonic)
Text Hebrew
6 languages
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Bukharic, Eastern Yiddish, Hebrew, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Tat (Hebrew), Western Yiddish
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Hebrew (6 languages)
Bukharic, Eastern Yiddish, Hebrew, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Tat (Hebrew), Western Yiddish
Text Arabic
31 languages
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Arabic (31 languages)
Aimaq, Algerian Arabic, Baharna Arabic, Chadian Arabic, Dari, Dehwari, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Hadrami Arabic, Hazaragi, Hijazi Arabic, Iranian Persian, Iraqi Arabic, Libyan Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Najdi Arabic, North Levantine Arabic, North Mesopotamian Arabic, Omani Arabic, Qashqa'i, Saidi Arabic, Sanaani Arabic, South Levantine Arabic, Standard Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Sudanese Creole Arabic, Talysh (Arabic), Ta’izzi-Adeni Arabic, Tunisian Arabic, Urdu
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Arabic (31 languages)
Aimaq, Algerian Arabic, Baharna Arabic, Chadian Arabic, Dari, Dehwari, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Hadrami Arabic, Hazaragi, Hijazi Arabic, Iranian Persian, Iraqi Arabic, Libyan Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Najdi Arabic, North Levantine Arabic, North Mesopotamian Arabic, Omani Arabic, Qashqa'i, Saidi Arabic, Sanaani Arabic, South Levantine Arabic, Standard Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Sudanese Creole Arabic, Talysh (Arabic), Ta’izzi-Adeni Arabic, Tunisian Arabic, Urdu
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Art-direction and design (Latin): William Montrose

William Montrose is a type designer with a background in marketing and advertising. His interest in typography led him to Berlin (FontShop International), Reading (MA Typeface Design) and London (Dalton Maag).

William worked on custom and retail typefaces and marketing at Rosetta. He is now a partner in an independent project Kilotype.

Design (Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew): Sláva Jevčinová

Sláva Jevčinová is a type and graphic designer from Slovakia. She holds an MA in type design from the Type and Media programme at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague as well as an MA in graphic design from J. E. Purkyně University in Czech Republic. After an internship at Mota Italic in Berlin she specialised in TrueType hinting at Fontwerk. She has been working independently since 2013 and regularly collaborates with Rosetta as hinting specialist and type designer.

Art-direction: David Březina

David Březina is the managing director at Rosetta. While you may know him as the designer of the award-winning type family Skolar, he has also worked on custom typefaces for Adobe, Linotype (Monotype), Microsoft, Google, and others. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin. David holds a Master’s degree in computer science from Masaryk University in Brno (Czechia) and an MA in Typeface Design and PhD from the University of Reading (UK). His cross-disciplinary PhD thesis studied visual similarity and coherence of characters in typefaces for continuous reading in Latin, Cyrillic, and Devanagari scripts.

He has also been actively involved in writing, presenting, and conducting workshops on type and typography around the world.

Design (Arabic): Borna Izadpanah

Borna Izadpanah is a typeface designer and researcher. He holds an MA in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading where he is undertaking PhD research. Borna is the designer of multi-award winning typefaces Lida and Lalezar. He has co-designed the Google Font Markazi Text with Fiona Ross and Florian Runge.

Assistance:

Font engineering : Johannes Neumeier
Kerning : Jitka Janečková
Cyrillic consultancy : Maria Doreuli
Greek consultancy : Irene Vlachou
Hebrew consultancy : Meir Sadan