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munchfonts makes visual voices that work and play well in digital or print environments, and has since 1994 made award-winning typefaces and typeface font software for personal, general, and corporate use. A digital typeface foundry based in Connecticut, munchfonts applies type design principles of readabilty, legibility, cohesion, and expression.

Starting with Fontographer, the original studio-oriented type design tool to 2003, then FontLab since 2003, munchfonts makes typefaces primarily for languages that use the Latin script (you know, the one developed in most of Europe and that you’re reading now), with specialties in non-Latin world scripts: Greek and Cyrillic, Cherokee (an Indigenous American script invented by Sequoyah), Gujarati (an Indic script of South Asia), and some Arabic.

Sansabunch Web Regular & Italic
A Neo-Geo, midcentury modern text and display family with characteristics of both the early and mid 1900s and the early 2000s. Slightly longer projectors and sensitively narrowed rounds give Sansabunch a set of reading cues to the reader’s eye that yeah, it’s an h, not an n; b not p, etc.

Seven weights for Regular and Extended with hand-tuned oblique italics, five weights for Condensed and italics. Extensive coverage for European languages using the Latin script.
(Still in development.)

Candara Candara Rlg

Microsoft needed some new typefaces to show off their innovative ClearType techology with a casual, lapidary — stone-carved — aesthetic. Subtle curves on stems and diagonals render better detail with ClearType than with traditional full-pixel rendering! So, in 2003, munchfonts provided four styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic. Scripts covered are GLK (Greek, Latin, Cyrillic), with the Latin script extended for most European langages; Latin extensions by Ascender are for Vietnamese.

If you have MS products (Word, Office, Windows, etc.), you probably have Candara already on your type menu.

from Linotype or Monotype

Candara Text Setting

— Cicero: in Catilinam. Set in MS Candara.

Ergo Ergo Rlg

Ergo is a humanist sans-serif with true italics in Regular, Medium, DemiBold, and Bold weights. A bold Sketch outline style rounds out the base family. Most styles have GLK coverage for the Greek, Latin, and Cyrillic scripts.

Ergo took First Prize, Text Category in the 1997 Linotype Second International Typeface Design Contest. Adrian “Mr Univers” Frutiger said that Ergo is “konsequent durchdacht” — thoroughly thought out.

Ergo is available in several configurations of scripts and style.

Ergo Pro styles are Regular width fonts with the Latin script extended for most European language needs and Vietnamese.

Ergo Greek or Cyrillic styles are Regular width fonts with Latin extended for most European language needs and either Greek or Cyrillic.

Ergo Hebrew styles are Regular width fonts with Latin extended for most European language needs and for basic Hebrew.

Ergo Condensed & Ergo Compressed are additional widths; a text-friendly Condensed and a space-saving Compressed, both for the Latin script extended for most European language needs.
Ergo Condensed is in Regular, Medium, DemiBold, Bold, and Black weights, with italics.
Ergo Compressed is in Regular and Bold weights, with italics.

from Linotype or Monotype

Ergo Text Setting

— Cicero: in Catilinam. Set in Ergo.

Really Really Rlg

Linotype Really is an extensive typeface family in Light, Regular, Medium, DemiBold, SemiBold, Bold, and Extra Bold weights, each with italics and small capitals. Really provides a broad palette of expressions to draw from — sensibly light to brightly stentorian heavy.

The moderate-to-strong contrast of the vertical to horizontal strokes recalls the Transitional and Modern styles of Baskerville and Bodoni. The subtly oblique axis of the stroke weight recalls the old-style faces of Caslon.

Sturdy serifs offer a Realist sensibility of a clear, readable, no-nonsense workhorse text face whose clean details yet offer the designer a high-impact display face. Italic styles have exuberant Latin swash capitals for word-initial settings.

Scripts covered include GLK (Greek, Latin, Cyrillic) in capitals, lowercase, and small capitals, with a small complement for basic Hebrew.

Really was a winner, in 2000, of the 3rd Linotype International Typeface Contest.

The Greek and Cyrillic extensions were chosen among fourteen other typeface designs as winners in the Type Directors Club’s TDC2 Type Design Competition 2000, and were also selected in the ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) bukva:raz! international type design competition.

Really is available in several configurations of scripts and style.

Really No2 (no suffix) is a redesign from 2008, scaled up with taller and wider glyphs. Script support in Latin is extended for most European language needs. Select fonts with Greek (G&L) or Cyrillic (L&K) or Hebrew (H&L).

Really No2 PanEuropean is W1G/WGL4/GLK only (without basic Hebrew). Latin is extended for most European language needs. Fonts include both Greek and Cryillic.

Really W2G is W2G/HGLK (with basic Hebrew) with GLK glyph coverage with Latin extended for most European language needs and Vietnamese in each font, style, and weight for Greek, Cyrillic, and basic Hebrew.

All fonts include numerals for text and capital settings (old style and lining), with proportional sets for each.

from Linotype or Monotype

Really Text Setting

— Cicero: in Catilinam. Set in Really PE.

Nanogram Nanogram Rlg

Incredibly tiny writing can be verrry intriguing — is there a secret there? What’s that say? Well, Nanogram is like that; a complete reversal of the Big X-Height movement of the ’70s and ’80s. It’s got long, generous ascenders and minimal minims. The strokes are ballpointpen biro-stylo, and counters! — counters? — who needs no stuffy old counters!

Set Nanogram for speedy, casual, or the inscrutable chemistry notes my dad made that were the inspiration for this great face.

A second font holds a set of silly pictogram doodles — Nanogram Pixies!

from Linotype or Monotype

Nanogram Text Setting

— Cicero: in Catilinam. Set in Nanogram.

Finerliner Finerliner Rlg

Here’s a cursive Italic typeface that swings along with your thoughts: in two weights, Micro and Macro.

Whether you want an extra-fine biro ballpoint or a squushy felt-tip, Finerliner has it. The links are complete, the word picture, refined; text is personal yet very readable.

from Linotype or Monotype

Finerliner Text Setting

— Cicero: in Catilinam. Set in Finerliner.

Renovations in Progress

It’s been a long while since this site was updated; been busy teaching talented students typography, graphic, and communication design. And, making type whenever possible.

So, we’re rebuilding this site to add typefaces not yet released. This will probably take a while, so return infrequently to see what's happening.

Until the new stuff is up, you can see the old pages on the link way below, or go have a look at the Monotype ( or Linotype ( sites to see current munchfonts commercial releases shown here. Linotype is now part of Monotype, so there’s no functional difference between the two sites.

Why R-l-g? In a limited available area, how does a typeface show its most salient features and character? You need to see rounds, diagonals, stems; ‘R’ has all three. You want an ascender and terminal serifs (if any, of the latter), so “l”. The ‘g’ is the best fun ever — it shows the x-height of the lowercase and a full round if it’s the two-storeyed, binocular, “loopy” form.

Images here are in SVG format: Scalable Vector Graphics. SVGs use the same kind of Bézier curves that typeface fonts use, so are accurate and free of the fuzz and pixelations that other image formats (GIF, PNG, JPG) inevitably suffer from. SVG is always crisp and clear! Zoom on in!

Microsoft, Linotype, Monotype, and the typeface names herein are trademarks of Microsoft, Linotype GmbH, Monotype GmbH, Monotype Imaging,
and the Monotype Corporation.


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