Quire Sans by Monotype’s Jim Ford is a great typeface, something very new and nice to look at and of course ‘legible all the time’. As we can read in Emma Tucker’s article about Quire Sans, the early Jim Ford was highly influenced by ‘Frederic Goudy’s books and the legacy he created as a type designer’. So he has come to the right place there at Monotype, hasn’t he?

The designer wishes that Quire Sans is also interpreted as a subtle ‘tip of the hat’ to the Dutch school of type design. He also focused on his own roots instead of getting inspiration from the portfolio of other contemporary designers. His goal was to create a ‘sans of all sans’. Emma Tucker explains: “The Quire Sans design evolved from a type experiment that Ford worked on years ago, in an attempt to create a modular sans serif that would encompass multiple periods of type history. “

He tried to see the letters as such behind ‘the more decorated book faces’, ‘removing calligraphic stress, serifs and peculiarities, and retaining the simple form and proportion.’ By the way  Quire is a medieval term with different meanings, e.g ”a collection of 24 or sometimes 25 sheets of paper of the same size and quality” from Merriam-Webster.

We believe, as mentioned in the first sentence, that Jim Ford has succeeded in creating a history breathing, yet cleverly modern and ultra applicable typeface.


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