Novel and Auto

Let’s take a quick look today at the pairing of Christoph Dunst’s Novel and Underware’s Auto (that’s Akiem Helmling, Bas Jacobs and Sami Kortemäki).

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Novel prominently displays its calligraphic roots, particularly in its compact italic. This naturally extends a close relation to Auto, a low contrast sans with a well-developed calligraphic flair. That’s understating it. Auto is to my knowledge the first typeface to initially ship with multiple sets of italics, each in a distinct style.

Together, Auto’s young voice and Novel’s classic finish strike a chord full of depth and interest.



As is somewhat commonly the case with newer text faces, Novel has its own companion sans already, Novel Sans, complete with a condensed weight, and rounded and monospaced variants.

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