Cooper Hewitt free font
Recently the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, located in New York underwent a major renovation that lasted none less than 3 years. When it reopened in December it featured more space, more exhibits, new name and totally different graphic identity. The last was much needed as for more than 100 years the museum didn’t have a unified typeface for exhibition labels, press materials or its web site. This had to be changed and a new bold identity was designed by Eddie Opara of Pentagram and his team. Later, Opara’s characters of the wordmark were redesigned, redrawn and developed into a new full grown digitalized typeface, Cooper Hewitt, by Chester Jenkins of Village. The designers felt that this typeface should be free for public usage as the museum itself belongs to all people. A very nice gesture in our opinion!
The Cooper Hewitt free font family itself is a modern sans serif characteristic with its pure geometric forms. It utilizes the space very well which is not surprising taking into account the purpose to which it was created. It is loosely based on a Jenkins’ earlier design Galaxie Polaris Condensed. Overall the appearance of Cooper Hewitt is quite modern which makes it perfect for a very wide range of applications.
Supported languages: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Hungarian, Katakana, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Welsh
Designer: Chester Jenkins
Publisher: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum