Font Of The Moment – Nautinger

My font of the moment is with the action packed slab serif, Nautinger.

This font is by no means free. However, once you peruse through the weights, linguistic variants, stylistic alternates, you will appreciate exactly how much time and care the designer, Moritz Esser, put into this family. True italics people!

I’m blown away at how decorative yet legible the characters are. I feel the family provided is diverse enough to allow for a myriad of applications to suit any project. I like this family but the fact it is so variegated and offers so much, made it a bear to review (that’s a good thing)

Gestalten Fonts, the distributor, describes the font as so:

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Highlights:

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  • The thick bracketed serifs most apparent on the bold weights are fantastic! They provide these wonderful apertures among the letterforms.

  • The price for this license may seem steep specifically for the 10 weight bundle. If you look through all the weights though, you will notice the characters can differ enough they could be mistaken to belong to a different family. This is a font family that will keep on giving.

 

  •  As with many other designers I know, we treat italic varietals like the plague. Always just a slanted afterthought of a more sober counterpart. With Nautinger though, Noritz has designed true italics, one of my favourite parts of the family. If I had to buy just one weight from this family it would be the Nautinger Regular italic. I’ll wager you have not seen an italic at 8pt that was quite so legible and beautiful.


  • Comprehensive stylistic ligatures. My friend Cody is a big ligatures fan, when I showed her the typeface, she picked these out immediately and made a great sound of approval. I would tend to agree “oooh!”
  •  The lower case “m” is  nicely balanced and fully accounts for the serif at the letterform’s x-height
  • The half-serif on the leg of the lower and upper case “k” is a great call, the letterform remains well balanced and it melts into the following letter.
  • The uppercase and lowercase “j” kick it kind of mod-classy sporting a spur and a “I’ve got nothing to prove” undersized tittle. The descender juts out just enough to stay out of the way, yet “spoons” it’s preceding characters nicely

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On The Fence

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  • The serif on the crossbars of the uppercase E  and F droops down towards the baseline. It looks a bit odd but does provide some interesting negative space when kerning.
  • Teardrop shaped counters in many of the lower case characters that remain consistent throughout. This contributes to the fluidity of the typeface, adding movement to the letterform.
  • The spurs on many of the lower case forms such as “a” “c” & “r” are extremely aggressive and looks as though it’s purpose is to grapple prey from icy waters….Nautinger

 

  • Lower case “x” dropping a bilateral serif at it’s x-height? At first glance “oh hell no” on second glance “hmm kind of cool, adds fluidity”. Does not follow suit on the uppercase counterpart though.

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Detractors:

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  • Upper and lower case “S”, the spine gives the illusion of being too loose and unbalanced towards the baseline. This results in  the spur appearing overly dramatic in comparison with the spur at the apex
  • Lower case “g”, the loop/drop/descender is too exaggerated and differs too greatly from the “mothership”, which floats precariously high above the baseline.

The tail on the upper case Q is just straight up odd in my opinion. In the spirit of the face’s nautical inspiration, it conjures the image of a beluga viewed head on, pinching a deuce in a current.
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Summary:

My usual grouchiness about tails on “Q”‘s aside, this type family is a phenomenal piece of work! You can download the sample sheet PDF  here and have a look for yourself how much it has to offer .423 Characters in all:
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  • West, East, European characters plus the Scandinavian, Baltic and Turkish linguistic regions
  • Stylistic alternates
  • Old style figures
  • Currency symbols,
  • Arrows and dingbats,
  • Stylistic ligatures,
  • Ligatures for critical character pairs and basic mathematical characters.

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Single weights can be had for 50 € (about $65 US)

The entire 10 weight family is available for 400 € (about $519 US)

Available for purchase here

Moritz is a Graphic Designer in addition to his font design work, his website is http://www.messergrafik.de

-Chris Sagert

Related: Past Fonts Of the Moment

 

 

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