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For periods of time, see Era. For other uses, see ERA (disambiguation).
ITC Eras
Category Sans-serif
Designer(s) Albert Boton
Albert Hollenstein
Foundry Linotype

Eras is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Albert Boton (b. April 17, 1932, Paris) and Albert Hollenstein (b. 1930, Lucerne, d. 1974), and released by the International Typeface Corporation (ITC) in 1976. Eras is licensed by the Linotype type foundry.

A distinct and curious feature of Eras is its slight, 3-degree right tilt. Eras follows ITC's formulary of increased x-height, and multiple weights from light to ultra bold, though because all weights are slightly slanted, no italic version of the font is supplied. Eras is further distinct for its open bowls on the characters a, P, R, 6, and 9. The letter W changes shape from a merged 'double V' shape in the lighter variants to the standard W symbol in the bolder variants.

The typeface has been widely used by Telecom Italia Mobile as a corporate typeface[1] TIM stopped use of Eras in 2016. It was also used in the emblem and image of the 1998 FIFA World Cup [1], in the credits for the movie Caddyshack and in the video games Tekken Tag Tournament, Jet Ion GP and Championship Manager 01/02. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network used the font in its on-air promotion graphics during the early to mid-1980s. A modified version of the font can be seen on the cover of Motörhead's 1981 album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

Four TrueType weights of this font (Light, Medium, Demi and Bold) are included with some editions of Microsoft Word,[2] though not with the Windows operating system itself.[3]


  1. ^ Their web pages, for example, employ numerous precomposed GIF web graphics like this one: "TIM 892412 worldwide directory service", Telecom Italia Mobile. Accessed 2010-10-28.
  2. ^ "Fonts that are installed with 2007 Office suites and 2007 Office programs", Microsoft Support, 15 October 2007. Accessed 2010-10-28.
  3. ^ "Fonts supplied with Windows Vista", Microsoft Typography, 2010. Accessed 2010-10-28.

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