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New typeface: Beausite Classic

Beausite is a typeface that applies contrast on a neogrotesque skeleton. The initial release offered 3 levels of contrast: Grand, Slick and Fit. It soon became evident that the family needed a version without contrast, to complete the system and create an interesting tool for designers working today.
Revisiting the neogrotesque archetype, Beausite Classic does not attempt to be revolutionary. But we wanted to do more than simply creating another modernist sans serif. We spent more than two and a half years developing and improving the shapes in orders to create a design that feels both contemporary, with its geometric touches, and long lasting.
Additionally, Beausite Classic includes 19 OpenType stylistic sets. Some offer practical alternates like a one-story a, one stroke K, or round dots instead of square. Others reference the history of modernism or Art Deco, such as uppercase letters inspired by Bifur, a typeface designed by Cassandre (who also created Peignot, an inspiration for the original Beausite), and a set inspired by Bauhaus typography. Finally, some sets push the concept to its extreme, with reversed and mixed contrast.
Have a look at this page, or in the PDF specimen, for a complete overview of the alternates and what Beausite has to offer.

Beausite Classic comes in 10 weights with their italic partners for 20 styles covering all possible needs. All styles include with a full character set for western and eastern european languages, and a number of OpenType features. Some alternates are currently only available in the upright styles.

Designed by Yassin Baggar, with Anton Koovit and Selina Bernet.
Photography by Nayan Graf Quartier
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Beausite Italics

We are very happy to announce the release of italics for the Beausite family.

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Beausite is a sans serif typeface that applies contrast on a swiss grotesque skeleton. The design takes inspiration from classic sans serifs such as Univers and Helvetica, but also from high contrast sans serifs in fashion in the early 20th century, such as Peignot, designed in 1937 by the famous french poster designer A.M. Cassandre for Deberny & Peignot. Beausite brings novelty in the modernist grotesque genre in that it implements the programmatic systems of sans serifs such as Univers on a different factor: contrast. With 3 different levels, Beausite works from big display to text sizes.

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Following the norm of swiss grotesques, the 18 new italic styles are carefully corrected slanted italics. A variety of alternates shapes and stylistic sets make Beausite multifaceted. With 36 styles, an extended coverage for latin languages, and plenty of OpenType features such as old style and tabular figures, fractions and superior lowercases, the family is ready for advanced typographical challenges.

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Additionally, we are now offering trial fonts for Beausite Classic, a geometrical and modern looking interpretation of the grotesk archetype, that will be released later this year. Beausite Classic continues the family’s exploration of contrast and extends its typographical possibilites. Work is quite advanced, and an early version can already be purchased upon request.

See more of Beausite here: www.fatype.com/typefaces/beausite
And download our free trials including Beausite Classic

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Beausite in use

Our friend Vanja Golubovic designed this editorial for OE Magazine, making an early use of the various styles of Beausite. We think the high contrast of Beausite fits perfectly with the strong contrast in the photography. We hope you like it too.

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New typeface: Beausite

Beausite overview

Beausite started in 2008 with the idea to create an elegant high contrast display typeface. The first version was a condensed light cut. Over the years, the concept and design slowly evolved. To a certain extent, the design echoes Peignot – a successful typeface designed by the famous french graphic artist Cassandre and released by Deberny & Peignot in 1937 – or Hermann Zapf’s Optima. For a while, the project was also inspired by the idea of a “Didot Sans”, a concept that has been explored repeatedly, producing most often than not questionable results.
But in the end, the motivation for Beausite became less about designing a stylish decorative design and more about applying contrast onto a neo-grotesk skeleton. Sans serifs such as Univers established the principle of programmed, consistent typeface families with a wide range of weights and widths. But contrast has been left out of the range of this program almost consistently, relegated to humanist or calligraphic designs. In recent years, this has been accentuated by a trend of sans-serifs where contrast is reduced to a strict minimum. Beausite is an alternative in the category of Grotesks, that relives the 20s to 40s trend for high contrast sans in a contemporary fashion.

Beausite comes in three levels of contrast and six weights. Beausite Grand is clearly intended for headlines and big sizes, Beausite Slick works well for smaller headlines and leads, while Beausite Grotesk functions equally in text and display.
The typeface comes with a full character set for west and east european languages, and a number of OpenType features such as stylistic alternates, ligatures, smaller figures for text, tabular figures and fractions. For a full overview, have a look at our PDF specimen.

 

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