Myriad is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Robert Slimbach and Carol Twombly for Adobe Systems. The typeface is best known for its usage by Apple Inc., replacing Apple Garamond as Apple's corporate font since 2002. Myriad is easily distinguished from other sans-serif fonts due to its special "y" descender (tail) and slanting "e" cut. Myriad is similar to Frutiger.
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Since the launch of the eMac in 2002, Myriad has replaced Apple Garamond as Apple Inc.'s corporate font. It is now used in all of Apple's marketing and on its products (See Apple typography). More recent iterations of the iPod (from the iPod photo onward) used Podium Sans, which has similarities with Myriad (as opposed to Chicago), for its user interface. However, the iPod Touch and iPhone 3G replaced Podium Sans with Helvetica. A different humanist sans-serif typeface, Lucida Grande, is used as the system font for Apple's Mac OS X operating system. Myriad was included with the third generation of iPod.
Rolls-Royce uses Myriad in its text-based logo.
The current Gmail logo uses Myriad for the last three letters.
Myriad MM is the official font for the Tata group of companies.
The metro company of Hong Kong, MTR, uses Myriad as its corporate identity font. KCRC (a former rail transport company in Hong Kong) developed Casey in 1996, which uses Myriad Condensed for English and Formata Condensed for numbers. Today the KCRC is part of the MTR and Myriad is used on much of the MTR.
The font was adopted in 2005 by the London Borough of Redbridge as its primary font for use in publications, as part of the overall rebrand of the council.
Myriad Pro Light is also chosen by Visa Inc. as the official company font since 2014.
A variety of fonts from the Myriad family are used on most CT Transit schedules.
All Nippon Airways, a Japanese airline, also uses the Myriad font for their new international cabin class logos as well as promotional materials of its new "Inspiration of Japan" in-flight service concept.
The Order of St John adopted the new St John logo in 2005, choosing Myriad Regular (Roman) and Myriad Bold as the approved organization's typeface for all external artwork, communications and publications. They have been using the new logo since 2005, and the organization's typeface since 2008 in their external publications. Establishments are following the order to change their organization's logo to the new St John logo and using the new typeface, like St John New Zealand, St John Ambulance in Wales, Hong Kong St. John Ambulance and The Order of St John USA.
Sauber's number seat also use Myriad Pro Bold in the nosecones.
Australian up-market department store, Myer, has used Myriad as one of its corporate fonts since 2006.
Woolworths (Australia) has used Myriad in its branding and logo since 2008.
Also worthy of mentioning is the fact that the 2008 edition of Guinness World Records used Myriad for the text.
Myriad Pro won bukva:raz! 2001 under the Greek and Cyrillic categories.
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- Adobe pages: Myriad Wild Std, Myriad Pro Full Family, Myriad Arabic, Myriad Hebrew Full Family
- Typowiki: Myriad
- Adobe Systems information on Myriad multiple masters
- A side by side comparison of the Frutiger and Myriad typefaces
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