Optima Nova

Designed by Akira Kobayashi and Hermann Zapf. Published by Linotype in 2002 as part of the Optima Super Family.

Starts at $89.00 for a single style and is available for:

Optima™ was designed by Hermann Zapf and is his most successful typeface. In 1950, Zapf made his first scetches while visiting the Santa Croce church in Florence. He sketched letters from grave plates that had been cut about 1530, and as he had no other paper with him at the time, the sketches were done on two 1000 lire bank notes. These letters from the floor of the church inspired Optima, a typeface that is classically roman in proportion and character, but without serifs. The letterforms were designed in the proportions of the Golden Ratio. In 1952, after careful legibility testing, the first drawings were finished. The type was cut by the famous punchcutter August Rosenberger at the D. Stempel AG typefoundry in Frankfurt. Optima was produced in matrices for the Linotype typesetting machines and released in 1958. With the clear, simple elegance of its sans serif forms and the warmly human touches of its tapering stems, this family has proved popular around the world. In 2002, when it was finally possible to produce digital alphabets without technical limitations and compromises, and more than 50 years after the first sketches, an expansion and redesign of the Optima family was completed and released as Optima nova. Hermann Zapf and Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi collaborated on the project, which included re-working of the existing weights and the addition of several new weights for a total of 40 fonts. Small caps, Old style Figures, light, heavy, and condensed fonts have been added. The original Optima was never manufactured with a real italic, only an oblique version of the roman. Optima™ nova has a complete range of beautifully designed real italics; the new italic forms , of the e, f and g are especially notable. The titling face includes capital letters with special and unusual letter combinations and ligatures, making it an excellent choice for headlines, logos and advertising purposes. Optima continues to be an all-purpose typeface; and Optima nova works for just about anything from book text to signage.

Condensed Light
Condensed
Condensed Medium
Condensed Demi
Condensed Bold
Light
Light Italic
OsF
Medium
Medium Italic
Titling
Demi
Demi Italic
Bold
Bold Italic
Heavy
Heavy Italic
Black
Black Italic
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Lining Figures
167 167
Oldstyle Figures
167 167
Proportional Figures
167 167
Superscript
167 167
Tabular Figures
167 167
Fractions
135/167 135/167
Replaces figures separated by a slash with 'common' (diagonal) fractions.
Small Capitals From Capitals
CAPS CAPS
Small Capitals
Small Small
Case-Sensitive Forms
(H-o) (H-o)
Shifts punctuation up to a position that works better with all-caps text.
Standard Ligatures
flfi flfi
Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a ligature. Active by default.
Ordinals
1a2o 1a2o
Replaces characters with ordinal forms for use after figures.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Punctuation
Uppercase
Lowercase
Modifiers
Ligatures
Currency
Symbols
Decimal
Other
Mathematical Operators
Miscellaneous
Letterlike
Geometric Shapes
Lowercase
Uppercase
Uppercase
Lowercase