Design

<div style='max-width: 100%!important;background: var(--border);padding: 0rem 1.25rem 1rem;border: 1px solid var(--dimmest);margin-top: 1.5rem;'><span style='font-family: var(--serif);font-size:1.4rem;margin-top:1rem;display:block'>Hamburgefonstiv<small>Ivar Text</small></span><br/><span style='font-family: var(--sans);font-size:1.4rem;display:block'>Hamburgefonstiv<small>Benton Sans</small></span></div>

This website is set in 20/28px Ivar Text, a typeface I fell in love with at first sight (but then spent a few weeks over the end of 2019 test driving). It made its first appearance on this site in time to mark the start of the roaring ’20s. Another personal reason why I picked it was because I could not decide, for over a year, between Minion and Lyon, so I decided to scrap both and look at the design with a fresh eye. Ivar was my only choice.

What I like about Ivar most are its forms, its balance between functionality and quirks, its colour on the screen and the x-height that makes reading a breeze. Along with its display weight, it plays beautifully with the accompanying typeface Benton Sans which has extremely readable neo-grotesque forms.

Ivar Text was designed by Göran Söderström of Letters from Sweden, and Benton Sans was designed by Tobias Frere-Jones and expanded by Cyrus Highsmith for Font Bureau.