All in the family.

Like any good typeface, Mercury contains all the variations needed to articulate text. Since italics, boldface, and small capitals play very different editorial roles, Mercury’s peripheral styles have been conceived from the outset with these unique and specific functions in mind.

Mercury Text: Range

Because they contain so many different kinds of complex information, newspapers need a cogent and expressive palette of typefaces to choose from. But because they’re produced with such expediency, they also demand manageable type families whose styles behave in predictable ways. Nine years in the making, the Mercury family is the product of our experiences working with hundreds of publications around the world.

Mercury Text: Roman & Italic

Plays well with others

Romans and italics need to be contrary but equal, so that different kinds of information can be distinguished without implying any hierarchy. Most text faces achieve this by pairing a sober roman with a fussy italic — the very sort of italic that’s hardest to reproduce on newsprint. Mercury’s italic was designed to be vivid at all sizes, large and small.

Mercury Text: Roman & Bold

Speaks above the crowd

When a designer chooses bold for emphasis, it’s for the opposite effect: boldface isn’t different, it’s louder. Many typefaces contain romans and bolds that are only subtly different, a distinction that worsens on press as both fonts gain weight. Mercury’s bold and bold italic were designed to be distinguishable under even the most inclement conditions.

Mercury Text: Roman & Small Caps

Unites and divides

Some publications’ style guides call for using small caps in place of capitalized acronyms and abbreviations, in order to maintain an even texture for reading. The small caps in each of Mercury’s weights (roman, semibold and bold) have been drawn slightly larger than the lowercase, so that a plural or possessive s will be identifiable at text sizes.

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    Grades. Because type reacts to paper, Mercury has been produced in four different “grades” to give designers total control over their media.

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    Efficiency. With the hardscrabble environment of the newspaper column in mind, Mercury has been designed to be as space-efficient as possible.

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    Range. Mercury’s family tree was carefully planned with actual editorial uses in mind, uses which helped shape the design of its italics, small caps, and boldface.

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    Numerics. For tables and charts, each of Mercury’s styles offers a companion “Numeric” range that contains tabular figures and fractions.

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    Symbols. Mercury contains a wealth of special characters, from directional arrows and pointing fists to ballot boxes and suits of cards.

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    Language Support. Mercury Text features our Latin-X™ character set, covering more than 140 languages throughout the world — including all of Central Europe.

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