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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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