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Duplicate Sans (NEW)
Duplicate Slab (NEW)
Stag Sans Round
FF Meta Headline
FF Meta Serif
FF Unit Slab
Neutraface No. 2
Neue Haas Grotesk
2009. Designed by Kai Bernau. Production and design assistance by Susana Carvalho. Consultation and advice by Christian Schwartz. Lyon Text is available from Commercial Type.
Originally designed as Kai Bernau's degree project at the Type]Media program at the KABK in the Hague, this typeface caught my eye as soon as I saw it. Having drawn a number of revivals, I was really impressed with the way Lyon simultaneously takes a serious approach to history (16th century typefaces by master punchcutter Robert Granjon), but reflects an up-to-the-minute contemporary approach to digital type design, somehow making this difficult combination of elements look effortless on the page - no doubt informed by Kai's work as a graphic designer and especially as a book designer, with his wife and partner Susana Carvalho. You can read more about Kai's process at Atelier Carvalho Bernau. Paul and I are extremely happy to be publishing Lyon as the first Commercial Type release by an outside designer.
Lyon Text made its public debut in the New York Times Magazine in June 2009. Lyon Display was released in June 2010.
Regular, Regular No. 2, Semibold, Bold, and Black weights, with italics, in Text size.
All Text styles include small caps, fractions, ordinals, case-specific punctuation, and both proportional and tabular lining, oldstyle and small-cap figures. Italic styles include a number of alternate forms.