Swift

Designed by Gerard Unger in 1989. Published by Linotype.

Starts at $65 for a single style and is available for:
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Light Italic
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Italic
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Medium Italic
Bold
Bold Italic
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Heavy Italic
Black Condensed
120
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
25
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
18
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
12
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
120
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
70
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
40
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
25
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
18
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
12
Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …

Swift supports up to 78 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Kurdish (Latin), Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Serbian (Latin), Kazakh, Swedish, Belarusian (Latin), Croatian, Slovak, Finnish, Danish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovenian, Irish, Estonian, Basque, Icelandic, and Luxembourgian in Latin, Cyrillic, and Other scripts.

Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.

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Supports 78 different languages:

  • A
  • Afar
  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Asturian
  • B
  • Basque
  • Belarusian (Latin)
  • Bosnian (Latin)
  • Breton
  • C
  • Catalan
  • Cornish
  • Corsican
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • D
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • E
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Estonian
  • F
  • Faroese
  • Fijian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Frisian
  • Friulian
  • G
  • Gaelic (Scottish)
  • Galician
  • German
  • Greenlandic
  • H
  • Hungarian
  • I
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • K
  • Karelian
  • Kazakh
  • Kinyarwanda (Ruanda)
  • Kirundi (Rundi)
  • Kurdish (Latin)
  • L
  • Ladin
  • Latin
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Luxembourgian
  • M
  • Malay (Latin)
  • Maltese
  • Maori
  • N
  • Norwegian
  • O
  • Occitan
  • Oromo (Afan, Galla)
  • P
  • Papiamentu
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Q
  • Quechua
  • R
  • Rhaeto-Romance
  • Romani (Latin)
  • Romanian
  • S
  • Samoan
  • Sardinian
  • Serbian (Latin)
  • Shona
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Somali
  • Sorbian, Upper
  • Spanish
  • Swahili (Kiswahili)
  • Swedish
  • T
  • Tagalog
  • Tahitian
  • Tsonga
  • Tswana
  • Turkish
  • Turkmen
  • U
  • Uighur
  • W
  • Walloon
  • Welsh
  • X
  • Xhosa
  • Z
  • Zulu
Superscript
167 167
Fractions
135/167 135/167
Replaces figures separated by a slash with 'common' (diagonal) fractions.
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.
Case-Sensitive Forms
(H-o) (H-o)
Shifts punctuation up to a position that works better with all-caps text.
I live in a neighborhood so bad that you can get shot while getting shot.
— Chris Rock
Punctuation
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Currency
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Mathematical Operators
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Gerard Unger developed Swift™ between 1984 and 1987, with the intention of making a modern digital type for newspapers. The project was undertaken for the German firm Dr.-Ing Rudolf Hell GmbH. At that time, newspapers were produced on high-speed presses with low quality paper. Unger says Swift is "designed to be a survivor." It has chunky triangular serifs, sturdy connections at junctures, condensed forms with open counters, and a tall x-height. The work of William A. Dwiggins (1880-1956) was Unger's major design influence for Swift. Dwiggins was a American type designer for Mergenthaler Linotype who, as early as 1930, was focusing on legibility in the design of alternative fonts for newspaper printing. Swift has become a contemporary classic, and is now used more often for corporate identities and magazines than for newspapers. Austere and concise, firm and original, Swift is a typeface suited to almost any purpose. Swift™ Pro is the OpenType version, and includes a full range of styles and weights from light to extra bold. In 1990, Linotype AG merged with Dr.-Ing Rudolf Hell GmbH, forming the Linotype-Hell AG (today Linotype GmbH). Since then, Linotype has been the official source of all fonts that were originally designed for the Hell Corporation. Linotype has also improved the typefaces using new technologies, including OpenType.

Swift has 11 Styles