• Transform magazine
  • February 29, 2024


Monotype releases ‘radiant and modern’ new Sans Serif typeface

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Attempting to capture the spirit of early British grotesque typefaces with its playful terminals and lively curves, Touvlo was designed to be expressive. The typeface, considered suitable for comfortable reading and creating new voices, is available now.

Touvlo was designed by Monotype Studio’s Creative Type Director, Emilios Theofanous, who used his native language of Greek when designing the new typeface’s name. Paying homage to the architecture of his current home of London, the word ‘Touvlo’ translates as ‘brick’.

The new typeface is Theofanous’ personal interpretation of early 20th century grotesque designs created by British foundries, the origins of which can be found in Specimens of Book and Jobbing Types; Borders, Initials, Ornaments, etc. by The Fann Street Foundry.

Theofanous says, “Grotesque sans serifs have been a staple in printers’ toolboxes and designers’ font menus since their emergence. In a sense, they defy time and have been used widely across regions for decades.

“For brands looking for a unique tone, Touvlo’s styles offer character, voice and energy that can perform across mediums and design genres, and span applications in contemporary publishing, packaging, fashion, tech, fintech and more.”

Ranging from thin to black, Touvlo features 24 weights in three styles across three variable fonts. From clean uprights to characterful italics and exuberant blackslants, Monotype Studio believes the multitude of styles gives Touvlo an expressive edge for headlines. Considered the finishing touch, lyrical drop caps feature birds and creatures inspired from ornaments found in type specimen books.

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Theofanous adds, “Touvlo encapsulates the memories of my journey, from my Cypriot heritage to my life in France before moving to London. Designed to be versatile and playful, it combines a variety of past experiences and archive influences, capturing a classic genre. Touvlo enables creatives to grasp the essence and cultural spirit of this classic genre reimagined for contemporary use.” 

Despite taking inspiration from the past, Touvlo is intended to be modern and playful and a lively conservation of the British grotesque style’s lasting legacy.