The heavy lifting.

To ensure that it can handle even the most complicated content, Mercury contains all the trimmings for informational typography: not only fixed-width figures, fractions, and extended monetary symbols, but a full range of dingbats specifically informed by editorial typography.

Mercury Text: Symbols


To come up with the pi characters in Mercury Numeric, Hoefler & Co. undertook a year-long research project to analyze the ways in which dense information is displayed in newspapers. After reviewing more than 3,800 excerpts of periodicals from around the world, we produced a set of symbols indispensable to all parts of a publication — from box scores to bestseller lists to bond ratings.

Each of the Mercury Numeric fonts contains 74 symbols specially designed to accompany the Mercury Text family, and every symbol is carefully engineered to function well at small sizes. Like the rest of Mercury, each of these symbols is provided in four different grades, to allow designers total control over their media.

Get all four grades of Mercury Text for less than the cost of two!


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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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