The JAF Bernini Sans Superfamily is one of those collections that’s easy to overlook. On the outside, it’s a refined humanist sans (in two distinct styles) that speaks plainly and walks in dignified fashion across the page. But the subtle loveliness and thoughtfulness with which the type sets and makes use of common yet little-known features is what caught my eye. These details above all show the experience of its designer, Tim Ahrens, in working with text.
For example, how often do you come across an all-small-caps acronym within text whose presence appears too greatly diminished? Or an ALL CAPS setting that draws too much attention to itself? In the Bernini Sans Superfamily, the designer takes advantage of the ‘All Caps’ case feature (Shift+Command+K in InDesign) to set caps at sized and spaced just right to solve this common problem.
The superfamily comes in two variants—the cool humanist JAF Bernino Sans, and the friendly, slightly warmer JAF Bernina Sans. Each comes in five weights across four widths: Regular, Narrow, Condensed and Compressed. Companion italics span the Regular width only.
As a special introductory offer, get the entire set or individual weights at half off through September.