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Guyot scales down for reading

Editorial designers, take note: Retype introduces Guyot Text, a carefully crafted counterpart to a dazzling set of headline styles published earlier this year.

Some typefaces need to marinate for a while. Retype launched on Type Network with an outstanding catalog and, as a bonus, a previously unreleased typeface: Guyot Headline. Now foundry proprietor Ramiro Espinoza brings us Guyot Text—an elegant extension of the family, deftly rendered to meet the needs of editorial designers.

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The two optical sizes of Guyot ensure that Ramiro Espinoza’s design looks its best in both headline and text settings.

The new design was the result of a year Espinoza spent studying at the Plantin Institute under Frank E. Blokland. Espinoza’s Guyot types take inspiration from the Gros Canon and Ascendonica faces attributed to François Guyot. An early-sixteenth-century French punchcutter, Guyot established himself in Antwerp in 1539, where, from 1555 until his death in 1570, he served as the main typecaster for noted book publisher and printer Christophe Plantin. Because Espinoza wanted to create a contemporary typeface for editorial purposes, he tried to imagine what Guyot’s designs would look like if Guyot had had access to today’s production tools.

Although Espinoza published Guyot Headline last spring, he actually developed the text cut first. After completing the initial version of Guyot Text, he moved on to the larger optical size. Once he finalized Guyot Headline, Espinoza concluded that the text styles could be further refined. Rather than delay the publication of the series, he released Guyot Headline to coincide with Retype’s launch on Type Network. He then went back to the drawing board to find the perfect balance between industrious utility and energetic personality for Guyot Text.

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Guyot Text (bottom) is the robust foundational sibling of Guyot Headline (top). Its graceful, legible forms and generous spacing have been gently tuned to temper the exuberant design for running text.

Espinoza’s fresh interpretation of historical source material—Guyot’s Ascendonica—gives this text powerhouse a timeless yet contemporary look. Guyot Text runs a little looser than its Headline counterpart and has sturdier features for optimal legibility. Its character shapes and design details align well with modern reproduction methods and onscreen rendering, while moderate ascenders and descenders facilitate economical setting.

Graphic showing discretionary ligatures and swash alternates for Guyot Text Italics.
Guyot Text offers advanced OpenType features that give body copy a more personal touch. Users can opt for a more modern or a more classical appearance.

Guyot Text is aimed squarely at the editorial market. Its even, graceful forms are at home in all manner of text-heavy environments—not only in printed books, magazines, newsletters, and annual reports, but also on screen. The feature-rich OpenType fonts have extended character sets that include everything a type family needs for setting impeccable body copy. In addition, less common extras like swash variants and discretionary ligatures allude to the typeface’s historical roots.

Espinoza constantly strives to produce the best possible renditions of his typeface designs. Once Guyot Text was ready for release, he revisited Guyot Headline, making minor adjustments so that the Headline size would better harmonize with the Text cuts. If you’ve previously licensed Guyot Headline, simply go to your Type Network account to download the new versions. And stay tuned: Guyot Press, with proportions adapted specifically for newspapers, is in the works.

Like all Retype fonts, Guyot Text is available for desktop, web, app, and ePub licensing. Webfonts may be tested free for thirty days. To stay current on all things Retype, subscribe to Type Network News, our occasional email newsletter featuring font releases, foundry happenings, type and design events, and more.