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I categorize Tisa Web Pro as an “Other Serif” font, because it does not fall neatly into any of the general historic categories commonly used to describe serif type. According to Miklavčič, the intent was to “develop a softer, more dynamic version of a nineteenth-century slab serif wood type.”
Tisa’s almost-slab serifs are slightly tapered, its aperture is open and humanist, its bowls have an implied stress, its x-height is generous. The font gracefully mixes-and-matches various historic approaches to font design, resulting in a slightly “square” or “structured” feeling font with humanist qualities. The bold is acceptable, but slightly too heavy for my personal preference.
Tisa Web Pro works well cross browser. 4 styles are available via typekit. The full family (10 styles, including a medium weight which is slightly lighter than the bold) is available for licensing via fontshop.
A serif font designed by Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz, and Kris Sowersby. Published by FontShop.
Meta Serif (for print) was originally designed as a companion font to Meta. Meta Serif Web Pro is not merely a print font repackaged for web use—it has been carefully hinted and looks great on screen.
I classify Meta Serif Web Pro has an “Other Serif” font, because it does not fall neatly into any of the general historic categories commonly used to describe serif type. Serifs look more pen-formed, while terminals on the a and f look more drawn. The contrast between thicks and thins is moderate, and feels more old-style, but the stress is decidedly vertical and feels transitional. All of these elements meld gracefully together to create a serif font with a slightly “square” or “structured” feeling. Meta Serif Web Pro’s x-height is only a hair larger than Georgia’s, but retains readability a bit better at smaller sizes.
Meta Web Pro works cross browser. 4 styles are available via typekit. A total of 16 styles are available for license directly from FontShop. It also works beautifully with its companion font: Meta Web Pro.
A humanist sans serif font designed by Erik Spiekermann and published by FontShop.
Meta was originally a print font designed for small text. The same elements that helps Meta stay readable at small sizes in print helps Meta Web Pro stay readable on screen: open apertures, a generous x-height, generous closed counterforms, and slightly loose letterspacing. Meta Web Pro is not merely a print font repackaged for web use—it has been carefully hinted and looks great on screen.
Although Meta Web Pro has a decidedly vertical structure, I categorize it as a humanist sans serif due to its double-decker g, the curved stroke on the lowercase l, and its humanist italic.
Meta Web Pro works cross browser. 4 styles are available via typekit. A total of 16 styles are available for license directly from FontShop. It also works beautifully with its companion font: Meta Serif Web Pro.
Designed by Alexandra Korolkova, Olga Umpeleva and Vladimir Yefimov. Released by ParaType in 2009.
PT Sans is a modern humanist sans serif font. Imperfect bowls, slightly tapered spurs, a tear-drop shaped counterform on the g, and a soft foot terminal on the l all make PT Sans feel slightly more hand-written than manufactured. It has a slightly narrow bowl and a smaller x-height than Verdana.
A font by Christian Robertson (Betatype). Serif 6 Beta is part of a larger family of fonts called Serif Beta.
Serif 6 Beta has slightly heavier strokes than the rest of the family. Though it is heavier than most transitional fonts, and has relatively small closed counterforms on the a and e, its terminals, serifs, stress, and bowls feel more transitional than old style. Serif 6 Beta feels more “idealized” than “written.” It has a slightly larger x-height than Georgia.
Serif 6 beta comes in regular, italic, bold, and bold italic. It tests well across browsers, though there are some letterspacing issues in Safari on Windows XP. The whole family is available for free download at Betatype.