Minion (typeface)

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Adobe Minion
Category Serif
Classification Garalde Old style serif
Designer(s) Robert Slimbach
Date released 1990
Shown here Adobe Minion Pro

Minion is a digital typeface designed by Robert Slimbach in 1990 for Adobe Systems. The name comes from the traditional naming system for type sizes, in which minion is between nonpareil and brevier. It is inspired by late Renaissance-era type.


It comes in PostScript format, and supports ISO-Adobe character set.

A unique feature is the support of Regular and Display optical sizes in Regular and Italic fonts. Different optical sizes have different stroke contrasts and details, designed to optimize texts for specific applications. The font includes a set of sloped small capitals, an uncommon feature.[1] Minion Black does not have italic counterpart.

Minion Expert[edit]

Minion Expert is a separate font package that include fonts containing small caps, ligatures, old style figures, and swash glyphs. There are also fonts for dingbats (Minion Ornaments), and a Black-weighted font (Minion Black Expert). Swash fonts are included for only the 2 lightest font weights. An 'expert set' font is used for older and simpler applications that cannot handle multiple text styles for the same letter (such as both lower-case letters and small caps) in the same font.

Minion Cyrillic[edit]

Minion Cyrillic was designed in 1992 by Robert Slimbach and was conceived as a non-Latin counterpart to Slimbach’s Minion typeface family. There were no Display-sized fonts, expert fonts, or Black-weighted fonts in this family.

Minion MM[edit]

The Multi Master version of the original Minion family, released in 1992. Commonly used in Adobe Acrobat to replace unknown fonts.

Minion Std Black[edit]

An OpenType version of the Minion Black font, but includes features found in Expert versions of PostScript Minion Black fonts. In addition, character set was updated to support Adobe Western 2.

Minion Pro[edit]

An OpenType update of the original family, released in 2000. The update is based on Minion MM but features slight changes to the selection of instances and modifications of the font metrics.[2]

The family comes with 3 (later 4, which adds Medium) weights, each in roman and italic, 2 widths, and 4 optical sizes. The Black weight from Minion Black Expert was not included. Each font includes the expert glyphs and dingbats that were previously found in Minion Expert package (swashes available in italic fonts only), Cyrillic Glyphs from Minion Cyrillic. In addition, the font family supports Adobe CE, Adobe Western 2, Greek, Latin Extended, Vietnamese character sets.

Optical sizes Caption Regular Subhead Display
Intended point sizes 6–8.4 8.4–13.0 13.0–19.9 19.9–72

Minion Web[edit]

A TrueType version of Minion, designed for screen use. It supports ISO-Adobe character set. Version 1.00 of the font was distributed with Internet Explorer 4.0.

Minion Web Pro[edit]

An updated version of Minion Web, which supports Adobe CE and Adobe Western 2 character sets.

Minion Math and MnSymbol[edit]

Minion Math is a variant designed by Johannes Küster from typoma GmbH, for mathematical applications.[3][4] Minion Math family includes 20 fonts in 4 weights and 5 optical sizes each. An additional optical size 'Tiny' is added. The October 2011 version (1.020) contains about 2900 glyphs per font; it also added OpenType math features. Minion Math had a working title, typoma MnMath. The final form is expected to include all Unicode mathematical symbols and many additional symbols.

An older companion to Adobe's Minion Pro (rather than replacement) is Achim Blumensath's MnSymbol, typically (but not necessarily) used from TeX.[5] Although MnSymbol has a packaging as OpenType, it only provides TeX font metrics for math.

Minion in other font families[edit]

The Latin Minion glyphs are also used in other Adobe font families, including Adobe Arabic (Arabic), Adobe Hebrew (Hebrew), Adobe Thai (Thai), and Adobe Song (simplified Chinese).



Minion Pro won bukva:raz! 2001 award under Greek category.[11]


  1. ^ Bringhurst, Robert (1996). The elements of typographic style (2. ed. ed.). Point Roberts: Hartley & Marks. p. 49. ISBN 0881791334. 
  2. ^ Type 1 ("PostScript") to OpenType font conversion
  3. ^ Minion Math: the design of a new math font family
  4. ^ Notes from TUG2008 in Cork: Day 2
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Brown University: Visual Identity and Graphic Standards - The New Logo". Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  7. ^ "Section 4: Typography" (PDF). Identity Standards, Standards Guide. Wake Forest University. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  8. ^ University of Otago Brand Guide
  9. ^ "Smithsonian Visual Identity Program - Logo Specifications". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  10. ^ The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CUP, 2002), p. iv.
  11. ^ Type Directors Club : News : bukva:raz! Results

External links[edit]

Links to Adobe®