Drawing of Aperçu began in December 2009, and was tried & tested throughout a number of design commissions. Aperçu aimed to create a synopsis or amalgamation of classic realist typefaces: Johnston, Gill Sans, Neuzeit & Franklin Gothic into a contemporary flavor. A sum of parts from the outset, Aperçu builds upon these initial reference points to create an extensive and usable family.
Since its release in August 2010, Aperçu has quickly found its position in the market, being used across a variety of different media and sectors around the world across a multitude of touchpoints. Utilized by leading visual institutions such as MOMA, Burberry, De Wiels, Zeit Magazine and the Walker Art Center amongst many others.
Aperçu is available in both a proportional family of eight weights — Thin, ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, ExtraBold and Black — with corresponding italics, as well as a Monospaced type family of four weights — Light, Regular, Medium and Bold. It is available to license in four variants; Standard (‘STD’), Professional (‘PRO’), Arabic (‘ARABIC’), and Thai (‘THAI’). The PRO variant contains further language support in the form of Cyrillic and Greek scripts, as well as OpenType features, stylistic alternates, and copious marks and symbols. The Arabic variant contains all the features within the PRO version, but also full support for the Arabic script and is available in four weights — Light, Regular, Medium and Bold. The variant Thai contains all the features within the PRO version with full support for the Thai script and is available in four weights — Light, Regular, Medium and Bold.