I have a longstanding passion for the classic American Gothic typeface style. The style dates back over a century, and like so many things American, its origins can be traced across the ocean and through generations. There have been numerous interpretations of the style, but, frankly, none of them capture the unpretentious, sturdy and versatile soul that I admire so much. I have been working on capturing these attributes in my own version of the style for as long as I have been drawing typefaces. I’m thrilled to finally show the result of my work: Balto.
In Balto, I have focused on emphasizing the base ideas of the style rather than particular visual attributes, quirks or artifacts of bygone type technologies. This allowed me to rethink many common assumptions about the shapes of the letterforms and the result is a clean, modern typeface that honors the noble history of the American Gothic.
Balto has a carefully considered range of weights from very thin to incredibly heavy, it works equally well in small and large sizes and it works quite well in print and on screen (in fact, you are reading it now). In short, it’s a typeface that you can use every day.
Below you’ll find more information about and samples of the various features and styles in Balto. From the first inkling of the idea to the final screen optimization, I loved developing Balto. I am quite proud of the result and I sincerely hope that you find it useful.
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123 Main Street
Balto, MD 98765
Each style of Balto supports Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian, Basque, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Kurdish, Latan, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sami, Samoan, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swahilli, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Walloon, Welsh and Wolof.
Desktop fonts are in OpenType-CFF (Postscript) format.
Webfonts are provided for self-hosting in WOFF and legacy EOT formats. The Light, Book, Medium and Bold styles have been optimized to work in sizes 10 px and larger. The other styles have been optimized to work in sizes 25 px and larger.
Mobile App Fonts
Mobile app fonts are in OpenType-TTF (TrueType) format.