Ehrhardt (typeface)

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Category Old-style serif
Foundry Monotype Corporation
Date released 1937, 1680s

Ehrhardt is an old-style serif typeface released by Monotype and intended for use in body text. Ehrhardt has a slightly condensed design, giving it a strongly vertical, crisp appearance.[1]

Ehrhardt is based on the "typefaces of stout Dutch character that the Ehrhardt foundry in Leipzig showed in a late-seventeenth-century specimen book".[2][3] These designs are believed to have been cut by the Hungarian priest and punchcutter Miklós (Nicholas) Tótfalusi Kis while working in Amsterdam in the period from 1680-9, a period of considerable prosperity for the Netherlands and a time when its printing was very influential across Europe.[4][5]

From 1937 to 1938, the Monotype corporation re-cut the type for modern-day usage, and it has become a popular book typeface.[6] Monotype had already in around 1936 released Van Dijck, a revival of the work of Christoffel van Dijck (d. 1669), a slightly earlier Dutch Baroque punch-cutter.[7] Users include the Penguin 60s series of books that were published to commemorate that company’s 60th anniversary, the current Oxford World’s Classics series (as of 2014) and many other Oxford University Press books, as well as The Iconic magazine.[8] An extremely rare infant variant of the typeface also exists, which can be seen in the American edition of the book Hey! Get off Our Train by John Burningham.

Released in 1967, Fleet Titling was a capitals-only design intended to serve as a companion for titling use. Monotype used it for their logo and letterhead.[9] It was created by Monotype's occasional collaborator John Peters, a Cambridge University Press designer who also worked as a private printer, and had also designed Castellar Titling.[10][11][12]

Monotype has digitised Ehrhardt into the .ttf and .otf font formats. It is sold in standard and professional releases, some releases including text figures and small caps (in the roman style only). Like many early Monotype digitisations, it is sold under two releases credited both to Monotype itself and to Adobe, the latter only in the standard version without small caps.[13][2] Fleet Titling has not been digitised.

Inspired by Ehrhardt, designer and lawyer Matthew Butterick created an updating called Equity, praising its 'satisfying heft and authority'. This design was inspired by the requirements of his work as a lawyer; it was created for sale with separate grades designed to suit different types of paper and printers, and separate small caps fonts (in regular and bold) intended for use in Word.[14][15] Font Bureau also created the very large revival family Kis, adding a display size intended for headlines. It is used by the Los Angeles Times but has not been released for general sale.[16][a] Linotype also revived the same designs in a less condensed form as Janson, after the printer Anton Janson, based in Leipzig, who it was once believed might have created them.[19]


  1. ^ Butterick, Matthew. "Equity specimen" (PDF). Practical Typography. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Ehrhardt (Adobe release)". MyFonts. Monotype/Adobe. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ehrhardt Specimen Book image". Rietveld Academie. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Middendorp, Jan (2004). Dutch type. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers. p. 25. ISBN 9789064504600. 
  5. ^ "Miklós Kis" (PDF). Klingspor Museum. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Morison, Stanley (1973). A tally of types (New ed. with additions by several hands ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 117. ISBN 9780521097864. 
  7. ^ "Van Dijck MT". MyFonts. Monotype. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fonts in use: The Iconic". Fonts in use. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Schriftdesigner John Peters" (PDF). Klingspor Museum. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Macmillan, Neil (2006). A-Z of type designers. London: Laurence King. p. 146. ISBN 9781856693950. 
  11. ^ Devroye, Luc. "John Peters". Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Pitt, John. "John Peters, some further thoughts, especially on Fleet Titling". Stone Letters. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Monotype Ehrhardt". MyFonts. Monotype. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Butterick, Matthew. "Equity". Practical Typography. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Porchez, Jean François. "Equity review". Typographica. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Kis FB". Font Bureau. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bitstream Kis". MyFonts. Bitstream. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Bitstream Kis (Paratype release with Cyrillic)". MyFonts. Paratype/Bitstream. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "Janson Text". MyFonts. Adobe/Linotype. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  1. ^ Another design named Kis has been offered for sale by Bitstream Inc. and its Russian licensee Paratype; it is reportedly based on Linotype Janson.[17][18]

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