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Features of Yale Design Roman

Yale Design Roman is designed to support Yale’s design professionals in their efforts to make the life and work of the University visible to a broad range of audiences. Carl Rollins, the first University Printer (active 1918–1950), laid the foundation for Yale’s enduring tradition of excellent typography and design. This typeface has been designed and offered to the Yale community in the context of that tradition with the hope that it will be a practical and inspirational tool in the ongoing work to build and support Yale’s graphic identity. This font has the following features:

1. Yale Design Roman has a full set of ligatures—ff, ffi, ffl, fi, and fl—with the special advantage that all of them are accessible in the regular roman layout, precluding the need to resort to an “expert” font. On a Mac keyboard, ff is “option =”; ffi is “option 5”; ffl is “shift option =”; fi is “shift option 5”; and fl is “shift option 6.” (Refer to the Insert Symbol palette in Word to access these ligatures on a PC keyboard.) You must use the ligatures in this font to produce proper typesetting. However, when setting text with many diacritical marks, we recommend that as necessary you substitute the YaleAdmin lowercase f, which is designed not to collide with accents.

2. The various dashes—hyphen, em-dash, and en-dash—are sized and spaced so that no further adjustment is necessary. They should be set exactly as they come, with no extra spaces before or after.

3. The font can be leaded quite tightly, as little as 120 percent of the point size for normal line lengths, and still maintain its legibility and visual appeal. However, it is recommended that in normal settings of approximately eight to twelve words per line, the typeface looks best leaded at approximately 125 to 140 percent of its point size.

Additional Info
This font comes with old-style figures because that is the standard for high-quality text typography. Aligning figures are available in the YaleAdmin-Roman font when needed for tabular work or when setting with all-cap material.

For additional guidance regarding the use of this font or for design or typographic advice, please contact John Gambell in the Office of the Yale University Printer.