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Clear SansDesigner: Neil Summerour
Publisher: Positype
Clear Sans was designed by Neil Summerour and published by Positype. Clear Sans contains 20 styles and family package options.  

Clear Sans is a... wait for it... rational geometric sans serif. It is intended to fill a niche... to provide an alternative to the somewhat based-on-vernacular signage, somewhat geometric sans. I hear the word vernacular thrown around too much and too loosely. If a typeface is based in the vernacular, based on hand-painted or hand-crafted signage, then it should be based on the movements of the hand, retain that warmth and not on a pretty geometric model. For me, clean, geometric and precise doesn't have to be cold and expressionless.

The original skeleton was hand-painted in 2008 to help determine and inform my decisions going forward. The typeface was completed shortly afterwards at the behest of an old friend for their identity. As usual, I expanded it, but considered retiring it since there were so many things similar out there. Years later, I had a chance to rediscover it and came to the conclusion that it could be improved, expanded in a logical and useful way, and introduced.

I would be lying if I didn't admit that the rise of webfonts and embedded type in applications influenced many of the decisions I made about reworking Clear Sans. Completely new Text and Screen fonts were developed that utitlize larger x-heights, space-saving widths, logical (and simplified) weight offerings... to name a few alterations. Even the pricing of each variant was considered to produce a more reasonable and simple solution for the developer, designer, professional and novice.

Clear Sans is a departure from my previous sans serifs, but the influences of Aaux Next, Akagi Pro and Halogen are evident.

Enjoy a light-hearted mini-site devoted to Clear Sans

Font Family:
· Clear Sans ExtraThin
· Clear Sans ExtraThin Italic
· Clear Sans Thin
· Clear Sans Thin Italic
· Clear Sans ExtraLight
· Clear Sans ExtraLight Italic
· Clear Sans Light
· Clear Sans Light Italic
· Clear Sans Medium
· Clear Sans Medium Italic
· Clear Sans Book
· Clear Sans Book Italic
· Clear Sans SemiBold
· Clear Sans SemiBold Italic
· Clear Sans Bold
· Clear Sans Bold Italic
· Clear Sans Black
· Clear Sans Black Italic
· Clear Sans Ultra
· Clear Sans Ultra Italic

Tags: classic, clean, clear, display, flexible, friendly, geometric, legible, modern, rational, sans-serif, sanserif, screen fonts, signage, text fonts, vernacular, versatile, warm

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