Rockwell Nova is a subtle redesign of the Rockwell typeface from the 1930s. It has simple letter shapes and robust, slab-like serifs. Rockwell Nova has been designed to be readable in short blocks of body text both on paper and onscreen, and it makes a solid, quietly powerful statement in headlines. It looks slightly less mechanical and more nuanced than the original Rockwell. Use it for brochures, flyers, announcements, presentations, and advertising. It stands up to use in longer body text better than Rockwell.
Rockwell Nova has four weights in a normal width, each with its oblique-style italic, and three weights in a narrow width, also with italics. The Condensed widths are best used in headlines or short bits of text in very narrow columns.
The original Rockwell was designed in 1934 as a metal typeface by Monotype, based on a 1910 metal typeface called Litho Antique. Rockwell Nova was redesigned in 1992–1997 to take advantage of newer font technology.