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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 publications—both 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.

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Yale Administrative
Yale Design
Yale Small-Cap fonts
Yale Display
Yale Street
Other useful typefaces—print

Other useful typefaces—Web


Yale Administrative

The “Yale Admin” fonts are designed for day-to-day use—correspondence, 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.

Yale Administrative

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Yale Design

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 points”—saving costly time normally required to make these refinements—while leaving options open for typographic choices. These fonts come with “old-style” figures, preferred for use in refined text settings.

Yale Design

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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 Small-Cap

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Yale Display

“Yale Display” is recommended for projects that require a particularly large point size. It is appropriate for large titles, signs, and headlines.

Yale Small-Cap

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Yale Street

The “Yale Street” font is so named because it is intended to be legible from a distance—from 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.

Yale Small-Cap

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Other useful typefaces—print

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.

Sans Serif

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.

TheSans

Slab Serif

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.

Serifa Roman

Script

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.

Snell Roundhand

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Other useful typefaces—Web

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.

Verdana

HTML Serif

Georgia, also by Matthew Carter, is a useful and widely available html serif, which is also designed for exceptional legibility on screen.

Georgia

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Yale Typeface
The new Yale typeface incorporates in its design some of the traits of typefaces used in Yale publications since the eighteenth century, exemplified by this History of Yale College (1766). The Yale typeface is directly based on what many scholars consider to be the seminal typeface of European culture—the “De Aetna” face—designed in about 1495 by Francesco Griffo, working in Venice. A copy of the De Aetna, by Pietro Bembo, resides in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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