Spartan (typeface)

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ClassificationGeometric sans-serif
Date released1939
Design based onFutura

Spartan is a geometric sans-serif typeface created by staff designers of Mergenthaler Linotype Company as a direct competitor to Bauer's Futura. The face was made for machine composition by Linotype, while identical foundry type was issued by American Type Founders (ATF).[1] Testing by Bausch & Lomb, after the creation of Spartan in 1951, determined it to be the "most readable" typeface of the time.[2]

ATF Spartan used in the front panels of early 1960s Tektronix oscilloscopes.


  1. ^ MacGrew, Mac, American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century, Oak Knoll Books, New Castle Delaware, 1993, ISBN 0-938768-34-4, p. 287
  2. ^ "Our New Spartan Face is Here". The Deseret News. South Salt Lake City, Utah. 27 November 1961. pp. 8A.