Grotesque is a sans serif typeface in three weights, very clear and readable in headlines, titles, subheads, and short passages of text. It has a slightly old-fashioned feel, as it grew out of sans serif typefaces called “grotesques” that were popular in the 19th century, though it has more character than some of them. Although its strokes look almost consistent in their thickness, there is in fact quite a bit of subtle variety, especially in the Bold weight, which gives Grotesque its distinct nature.

Monotype Grotesque was a family of metal typefaces published by Monotype in the early 20th century, based on earlier sans serifs that were popular in advertising and in newspaper headlines. The capital letters are all nearly the same width. The three weights work well together, but it’s obvious that the Bold is not just a thickened version of the Regular or Light. There are no italic styles.

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