Font of the day: Metro Nova

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Metro Nova by Toshi Omagari

Designed by Monotype's Toshi Omagari, the 26-font Metro Nova typeface family is a next-generation version of William Addison Dwiggins' Metro design.

The original fonts were used for standard typesetting machines for newspaper printing, magazines and posters from the late 19th century to the 1970s. It was particularly popular in North America in the 1950s because of its classic sans serif design with warm distinctive qualities.

Modernising the font

Omagari has worked to modify the design, removing duplexing restrictions to make it appeal to today’s digital requirements and design needs – but without sacrificing the essence of the original. "The lowercase 'e' is what I adore the most," he says. "It is said that you get the 'e' right when it looks like it's smiling, and the one in Metro Nova is exceptionally joyful — one that makes me smile, too.

"Designing type is an opportunity to maintain the visual aspects of a culture, as well as to bring it forward. Sensitivity to other languages and scripts is essential for a type designer. In the case of Metro Nova, I wanted to honor the original intent of Dwiggins."

Metro Nova may be licensed as either a desktop or web font from Myfonts, or Linotype and is also available as a web font through AllFonts and subscription plans.

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