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Typographic modernism was a late arrival in Britain due partly to the Second World War and a strong local type tradition. This delay provided a healthy distance from the incoming influence with the result that modernism was not adored in quite the same way as it had been in Germany and central Europe. Instead, it was rethought and repurposed against the backdrop of the bleak British weather and postwar social reform – a continental fashion statement turned into a more humanist variant.

Adelphi, designed by Nick Job, is a geometric sans, of that there is no doubt. Yet, in the same way that modernism was reimagined as it crossed the Channel, Nick adjusted the geometric constraints that define this genre. Whereas other typefaces seem overly bound by the rules, Adelphi feels relaxed and approachable. Elementary square and circular shapes are merely implied. A keen observer may notice that the uncomplicated letterforms occasionally reveal a subtle naïveté associated with early Grotesques. Brunel’s bridges and Harry Beck’s tube map spring to mind alongside the Bauhaus and Futura.

But Adelphi is by no means nostalgic! It is a contemporary, comprehensive and durable system with a pragmatic set of features. These include a wide array of weights, ‘duplex italics’ and variable extenders that go from tall and flat in Adelphi Text to short and sharp in Adelphi Display, with default Adelphi standing midway between these two extremes. The three variants come packed together, priced as a single font.

The pan-European support for Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts already makes for a vast character set, but Adelphi takes things a step further by including alternate glyphs to satisfy the DIN1450 legibility norm, a range of ordinals that can be used to create specialist compositions in all three scripts and two kinds of fractions and arrows. Play with the alternates or use it as-is, choose the all-inclusive variable font or the individual styles. Either way, this understated beauty will carry you through.

Designed by: Nick Job

Published: 2019

Language support:
Cyrillic (39 languages)
Greek (1 language)
Latin (119 languages)

Variable font axes:
Optical size (opsz): 6 to 18
Weight (wght): 100 to 900
Slant (slnt): −9.5 to 0

“Nick Job saw my baby steps as a type designer on the Typophile forum and kindly offered advice and new sources of inspiration. That’s how I learned about his enthusiasm for British Rail and modernist design in general. He is a sans-serif specialist by heart, exploring mechanical influences (FS Hackney) as well as Englishness in design (FS Elliot). Always classic, always practical. His latest release, Adelphi, has been years in the making. With time, it’s grown into a solid multilingual project with a subtle variable twist and too many alternates. It’s a joy to use. Try it.”
, Rosetta

opentype features

Catalan
Dutch ij with acute
Serrifed letter I (eye)
Small caps
Tabular lining figures (default)
Slashed zero
Arbitrary fractions
Nut fractions (styl. set 18)
Serbian & Macedonian
Cyrillic small caps
Greek small caps
Extended Latin ordinals
Romanian
Lowercase alternates
Case-sensitive punctuation
Case-sensitive ordinals
Small-cap figures
Superiors & inferiors
Two sizes of arrows (styl. set 6 & 19)
Bulgarian forms
Cursive beta, theta & phi
Serrifed iota
Extended Cyrillic & Greek ordinals
Text Latin
119 languages
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Latin (119 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Aymara, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Maori/Rarotongan, Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Nyanja/Chichewa, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian/Moldovan, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterland Frisian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian/Montenegrin (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish (Castillian), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Zulu
Normal Latin
119 languages
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Latin (119 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Aymara, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Maori/Rarotongan, Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Nyanja/Chichewa, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian/Moldovan, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterland Frisian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian/Montenegrin (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish (Castillian), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Zulu
Display Latin
119 languages
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Latin (119 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Aymara, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Maori/Rarotongan, Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Nyanja/Chichewa, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian/Moldovan, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterland Frisian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian/Montenegrin (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish (Castillian), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Zulu
Text Cyrillic
39 languages
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Cyrillic (39 languages)
Abaza, Adyghe, Avaric/Avar, Bashkir, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargwa, Dungan, Erzya, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lezghian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Nanai, Nogai, Ossetian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian/Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Tabassaran, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Normal Cyrillic
39 languages
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Cyrillic (39 languages)
Abaza, Adyghe, Avaric/Avar, Bashkir, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargwa, Dungan, Erzya, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lezghian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Nanai, Nogai, Ossetian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian/Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Tabassaran, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Display Cyrillic
39 languages
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Cyrillic (39 languages)
Abaza, Adyghe, Avaric/Avar, Bashkir, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargwa, Dungan, Erzya, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lezghian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Nanai, Nogai, Ossetian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian/Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Tabassaran, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Text Greek
1 language
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Greek (1 language)
Greek (Monotonic)
Normal Greek
1 language
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Greek (1 language)
Greek (Monotonic)
Display Greek
1 language
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Greek (1 language)
Greek (Monotonic)
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Design: Nick Job

Nick Job is an independent British type designer. He has a degree in graphic design from Nottingham Trent University. After a decade as in-house brand designer for a major multinational transport provider, he launched his own design business, realising a long-held ambition to produce type. He has since produced retail typefaces for Monotype and Fontsmith prior to the release of Adelphi with Rosetta. Nick, a self-confessed anorak, is also the author of the doublearrow.co.uk website which showcases the former British Rail Corporate Identity.

Assistance:

Post-production : Johannes Neumeier
Cyrillic consultancy : Maria Doreuli
Greek consultancy : Irene Vlachou