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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.

Sharp baroque serifs
A typeface is a collection of gestures, together forming language.
The italic is more baroque than it knows what to do with.
Geometric and modern
Clean cuts and geometric shapes make this Gill more quantified, more modern.
It’s the English Sans, redrawn for a modern age.

Features

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.

Summary

Designer:
Robin Mientjes
Published:
2016
Language support:
Over 200 languages (Read more →)
OpenType features:
Fractions
Ligatures
Contextual alternates
Tabular numbers
Proportional numbers
Case-specific punctuation
Stylistic sets (SS01 and SS02)

Specimen

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