Acme Gothic (2018) is based on the thick-and-thin gothic lettering style popular in the U.S. in the first half of the twentieth century. There have been typefaces in this genre before, but they were either too quirky (Globe Gothic), too English (Britannic), too Art Deco (Koloss), too modern (Radiant), or too Art Nouveau (Panache). None captures the plain, workman-like, vernacular style of Acme Gothic.
There are five widths (Compressed, Condensed, normal, Wide, and Extrawide) each with five weights (Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold, and Black) for a total of 25 different styles. Acme Gothic has extensive language support, covering most Latin-based writing systems. Acme Gothic also includes both small caps and raised small caps (accessed through an OpenType stylistic set) both of which can be found in vintage examples of this lettering style.
Weights & Styles
- Five weights: Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold, and Black.
- Five widths: Compressed, Condensed, normal, Wide, and Extrawide.
- Alternate “mirrored” quotation marks (stylistic set 1).*
- Small caps and raised small caps (stylistic set 2).*
- Arbitrary fractions (OpenType Fraction feature).*
- Superscript and subscript.*
- Extended language support for most Latin-based Western and Central European languages.
* Requires an application or operating system with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher, or QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide. OpenType advanced typography is also supported by most modern web browsers through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
Acme Gothic Specimen. Complete showing of all the fonts with usage examples. 50 pages. 2.3 MB PDF.
Acme Gothic on “Fonts In Use”
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