N is for News Gothic


News Gothic is a grotesque sans serif typeface. It was designed by the prolific and influential Morris Fuller Benton for ATF in 1908. The original release—two light weights, a medium weight and another related light weight (Lightline Gothic)—was added to in 1958 with two bold weights. News Gothic, as the name would suggest, was used for many years in newspaper and magazine publishing. Subsequent digital releases have added many more weights—Font Bureau’s aptly named Benton Sans, for example, is a font family based on News Gothic which comprises more than eighty weights, making it one of the most comprehensive typeface families in the News Gothic style. Bitstream, Adobe, Monotype, Linotype also have their own versions of News Gothic.

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