Cotford Font Field Guide
Foundry: Monotype Designers: Tom Foley Classification: Transitional serif
Cotford is a versatile serif family of elegant display and robust text styles. This range makes Cotford suitable for a variety of print and digital applications. Display weights are great for branding, editorial displays, and logotypes – while Cotfords text weights are efﬁcient and robust, great for editorial text setting, user interfaces, websites and app design. Combied, Cotfords display and text styles can handle complex typographic systems and layouts.
Three text roman weights, and ﬁve display roman weights, each with an italic counterpart. Also available as a Variable font with weight axis from Thin to Black and optical size axis from Micro to Display.
- Foley has extensive experience designing custom fonts for global brands, but Cotford is his ﬁrst retail typeface release.
- Cotford was 8 years in the makeing, and started life as a set of broad nib hand sketches dating back to 2014.
- The name ‘Cotford’ comes from a Victorian style parade of shops close to where Tom Foley lives
The design process of Cotford was heavily inﬂuenced by the need for this new familiy to work seamlessly as a variable font. This required a lot of design exploration to determine what serif shapes and terminals can adapty from hairline to black weights, across micro, text and display optical sizes. Cotford’s design roots are informed as much by this process of designing for variable functionality as by the desire to create a unique and identiﬁable font family.
Cotford ranges from micro to display optical size, across Thin to Black weights, providing legible and stylish type at all sizes.
How to spot Cotford
- Distinctive lowercase terminals
- C has a hanging terminal contrasted with a hooking baseline terminal
- Cap E and F have a serif-less crossbar
- Drop shaped terminals change from smooth internal connections in upright, to sharp connections in italic
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