Spezia Serif is the typeface that fits.
Built to give the designer flexibility for every thinkable use.
From a small five point text on a footnote up to large elegant magazine titles.
This typeface can do it all, thanks to its 144 font-weights.
Spezia Serif is build on diligent study of the emblematic transitional typefaces from the turn of the 19th century. Yet, the font has a contemporary appearance and feels modern due its focus on the reduction to the essential in each shape.
The headline version (A) is sleek with a lot of contrast and fine details. In opposition stands the version (D) for small texts, which opens up forms and turns shapes in to a more monolinear design.
Together with her sanserif sibling (Spezia) is the typeface a unique and extensive typographic system. Spezia Serif is available as standard version and as Variable Font.
Variable Fonts are used with axes rather than fixed font weights.
The font is built on three axes, Weight (Book → Black), Width (Condensed → Normal) and Opticial Size (A for 34 point → D for 4 point).
In the design process, I focused on the best interpolation.
Each shape flows continuously from slight to strong, from fine to pronounced.
Spezia Serif opens a new range of possibilities for web typography.
Internet Bandwidth limits the use of a wide range of font‑weights on one website.
For example Spezia Serif Complete Upright is one single lightweight font‑file (153KB Book → Black and A → D).
This makes Spezia Serif an excellent tool for responsive design.
The Variable Font technology is supported by different design applications, among Adobe InDesign CC 2020+, Illustrator CC 2019+ and Photoshop CC 2019+. A broad inclusion of this new format by design applications can be expected in the near future. Currently Variable Fonts are supported by operating systems among: OSX 10.5 / iOS 3.2 / Windows 10 / Android 5.
Spezia Serif is available also as single Font weights (as Desktop-, Web- or App-Font). This ensures the compatibility in all possible uses. The typeface is strucured in three Subfamilies: Condensed / Narrow / Normal
Variable Fonts opens new opportunities for responsive design. A text can adapt continuously to its surroundings. Optical‑Size‑axis makes the font always appear in its optimal version and improves legibility…
…the Width‑axis can fit the font in every format. Mozilla provides an excellent overview of the technical possibilities, have a look at their Variable Fonts guide.
Spezia and Spezia Serif are the perfect team for complex editorial demands. Together, this two typefaces build a large typographic system.