Palatino® Sans Font Field Guide
DESIGNER: Hermann Zapf & Akira Kobayashi
CLASSIFICATION: Humanistic Sans Serif
The characters in Palatino Sans based on written letter forms and the pressure of the hand. The lighter weighs can be excellent alternatives to many traditional serif and sans serif designs. The bolder weights translate well to large size display and on-screen settings.
Five roman weights, each with corresponding italics. Fonts include several OpenType features, such as an extended characters sets, old style figures, small caps, fractions, ordinals, ligatures, alternates, and ornaments.
- Not only is Palatino Sans a completely new typeface, it is a refreshing interpretation of the sans serif genre. Its letterforms are curved, rounded, and soft.
- Special care was taken in the design of the figures avoid mistakes and confusion – especially on screen and in very small sizes.
Palatino Sans was designed as part of a group of three font families: Palatino Nova, Palatino Sans, and Palatino Sans Informal. Together these three families are the 21st century fulfilment of Herman Zapf’s original Palatino concept.
Sturdy proportions, a large x-height, open counters and distinctive character designs, make Palatino Sans legible. Because the design is so distinctive, however, it can hinder message delivery in lengthy text copy blocks.