Two delightful typefaces for your church newsletter

When it comes to techy stuff, I have the attention span of a hummingbird.

After begging off the advanced typesetting TeX, LaTeX, etc. software systems in January, a comment by Dan Harper has me trying to learn it all over again. This time I’m actually reading the tutorials and doing the exercises rather than doing the Myers-Brigg hyper-N thing (which I usually do successfully.)

There’s some general weirdness about TeX and typefaces that I won’t get into, but when scouting out some that I might want to use with my New Project, I found two that have versions suitable for installing for use in your ordinary word processors or what have you.

Both come from the Polish GUST project, which though natively adapted to that language, is OK for English. (Some German fonts seem a tad monumental when setting English.)

The first is Antykwa Torunska, (“Antiqua of Torun“) It has nice open counters (the “holes” in certain letters), chunky slab serifs that keep it from being too formal, and style that appeals to the traditional and modern in different ways. It comes in several different weights, have Cyrillic and Greek alphabets, plus true small caps and text figures (a.k.a. oldstyle numerals). Oh, and it is free and under a liberal license.

The other is Iwona, a tapered sans serif. Not as thrilling, but the extra weights, alphabets, and those rarer-than-hen’s-teeth true small caps and text figures in a free font makes it work a look. (This project has other faces, none are interesting.)

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I dont like Iwona. The other one is cute, though. Very Santa Claus. I can’t believe you’re doing this because we were just talking in our office about updating our fonts!

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