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Albireo main art

Albireo

Available for purchase at Fontspring.

With 42 weights spread across three separate widths, this mega type family was 18 months in the making — taking up a good many of my evenings and weekends.

Most of my other typefaces grew out of various graphic design projects. I needed headlines in typefaces that didn't exist, so I drew the letters by hand and, over time, turned them into complete fonts. As well-built as they might be, they've tended to be specialized faces for jobs that have needed specific personalities. Consequently, they haven't made it into my personal go-to type library.

Albireo is different. While designing it, I've also been using it for all kinds of different projects needing a modern-looking, condensed sans-serif. I'm hoping you will find it just as useful.

Albireo examples
SPACE newspaper page

Just in case you're wondering, Albireo is a fifth-magnitude double star in the constellation Cygnus. On a dark night, away from city lights, it's barely visible as a single point of light. Despite it's unassuming naked-eye appearance, a telescope quickly reveals its hidden beauty. One of the component stars is bright orange and the other a brilliant blue.

I chose the typeface name as a reference to the newspaper feature page headline I needed way back in the mid-1980s that prompted me to draw the first five letters: S P A C E. In the unlikely event of you having a 1984—85 Society of Newspaper Design Design Award Competition Annual, you'll see it on page 133.