German designer Jan Sonntag is the designer of the typefaces, which received one of several awards in the 2003 International Type Design Contest, sponsored by Linotype GmbH.
Hildegard is a sans serif text face that works well in both larger and smaller point sizes. On close inspection on will discover of world of subtle angle variation within the letters' structure, that is loosely inspired the stroke movements one uses in calligraphy. These built-up strokes create visible ink traps at many joints, which in smaller sizes play a functional as well as an aesthetic roll.
The Hildegard family of typefaces may be used in either text or display sizes. The family includes the following four fonts: Hildegard Regular, Hildegard Italic, Hildegard Bold, and Hildegard Bold Italic.