Dover Serif Display Regular
We may live without poetry, music, and art;
Dover Serif Display Italic
We may live without conscience and live without heart;
Dover Sans Display Regular
We may live without friends and live without books;
Dover Sans Display Italic
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.
Dover is a long-running exploration of the quintessential British types. It is an attempt at historical design fiction: what if Caslon and Gill Sans had been designed by the same person? What if that person were me?
It may seem a bit arrogant, but every revival, digitisation, homage, re-evaluation, cover version, new arrangement, translation is a new version of the old thing, the same but different. With that mindset, anyone should be able to make new interpretations. Similarly, the validity of a Dutch designer rewriting English classics might be questionable, but at the same time an outsider sees things with different eyes.
Functionally, Dover Display is a family for headline work and up. It sets relatively wide, with a tall x-height that is unified among the styles. It includes numbers in six settings: lining and old-style, tabular and proportional, plus sub- and superscript. It has a selection of useful dingbats and symbols. It has diacritics that support the standard Tiny Type Co. language set, and they are connected to even more letter combinations through the OpenType Mark feature, which automatically positions diacritics to base glyphs.