The Yale typeface
The Yale typeface, called “Yale”designed by School of Art faculty member Matthew Carter for use in the University’s print and Web publicationsboth reflects Yale’s long-established commitment to typographic excellence and serves as a handsome and consistent element of Yale’s contemporary graphic identity. Available free of charge to all members of the University community for Yale-related work only, the Yale typeface makes typesetting less time-consuming for professional designers and administrators alike.
The “Yale Admin” fonts are designed for day-to-day usecorrespondence, memos, and all in-house communication. Many professional typographic reﬁnements are built into the face: properly sized and spaced dashes, for instance. These fonts come with aligning ﬁgures, necessary for tabular work. This face is especially useful for setting text that will be converted to html for simultaneous Web publication.
The “Yale Design” fonts are intended for use by graphic designers when typesetting external and key internal publications. These fonts build in a number of “ﬁner
Yale Small-Cap fonts
“Yale Small Caps” is recommended for projects that will be published only in print, not on the Web, and for settings combining caps and small caps (seldom appropriate for Yale work).
“Yale Web Small Caps” is especially appropriate for projects that will be published both in print and on the Web, based on its unique small-caps-only keyboard layout. Recommended for use with “Yale Admin” fonts.
A small-cap italic font is also available.
“Yale Display” is recommended for projects that require a particularly large point size. It is appropriate for large titles, signs, and headlines.
The “Yale Street” font is so named because it is intended to be legible from a distancefrom the street. It was designed for the University’s campus-wide sign system. Design of all exterior signs must be coordinated through the Office of the University Printer. The Street font may be approved for use in other applications on a case-by-case basis.
Other useful typefacesprint
Although the Yale typeface should be used in most situations, there will be times when other typefaces are appropriate. Please contact the Office of the University Printer for advice.
When a print project calls for a sans-serif, slab-serif, or script face in addition to, or instead of, the Yale typeface, the following are recommended.
TheSans is a pleasing companion to the Yale typeface and is often used in settings that call for both a serif and sans-serif face. TheSans includes roman, italic, and small caps in five different weights.
Serifa is the preferred slab-serif choice. The slab serif is a very old typographic form, reminiscent of the “athletic” lettering associated with the University since the late nineteenth century. Serifa is available in four weights.
Snell Roundhand is the best choice among script faces. While script is infrequently employed in Yale design work, it can be an appropriate and appealing option in some instances. Snell Roundhand may not be set in all-caps or widely tracked. It is available in three weights.
Other useful typefacesWeb
HTML Sans Serif
Verdana, by Matthew Carter, is designed specifically for screen resolution and therefore is exceptionally legible on screen. It is not recommended for print settings.
Georgia, also by Matthew Carter, is a useful and widely available html serif, which is also designed for exceptional legibility on screen.