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Albireo typeface

A condensed typeface for those times when you have more to say than space to say it in.

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Available for purchase at Fontspring & MyFonts.

WITH 42 WEIGHTS spread across three separate widths, this large type family was 18 months in the making — taking up many of my evenings and weekends.

Most of my typefaces grew out of a need for specific headlines or logos using typefaces that didn't exist. I would draw the letters by hand and, over time, turn them into complete fonts. Albireo is no exception, but rather than being just a one-off typeface for a particular project, I've used it extensively for many projects needing a modern, condensed sans-serif.

Albireo examples

Below is an example of Albireo I used for a window installation at the University of Utah's Sorensen Arts and Education Building.

University of Utah College of Education Window

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 its 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.

Albireo Variable

Albireo also comes in variable versions for both the uprights and italics. Variable fonts can display a nearly infinite number of variations, such as widths and weights, using a single font file. With a little scripting, variable fonts can perform tricks too, such as what you're seeing above.
 
Albireo character set