Alto Design Information

Alto is a sanserif superfamily designed by Thomas Thiemich, commercially released in 2008. Sketched out in 2005, Alto was first used for the design of the 2006-7 semester planner for the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, proving itself as an excellent choice for the display of complex information. Also in 2005, Alto featured in the ‘Type an sich’ exhibition ‘Fred Smeijers and a new generation of type designers’ organised by the ‘Catapult’ design group in Antwerp, Belgium.

Alto is a no-nonsense typeface that avoids quirky details in favour of down-to-earth usability. Its neutral design is well attuned to the needs of day-to-day designing without adding too much flavour. It is indeed precisely this balance that Thiemich set out to achieve.

With its various design features, including ‘true’ italics (rather than sloped romans), Alto is by no means a ‘grotesque’. It joins a group of contemporary ‘humanist’ sanserifs notable for their large font families, whose best-known members include FF Meta (Erik Spiekermann) and FF Thesis (Lucas de Groot).

Alto Mono Condensed consists of two weights - Normal and Bold - of roman and italic designs. Alto’s character set includes a complete range of accents covering all (Latin script based) Western, Central and East European languages.

Alto family is built around four widths - Normal, Condensed, Extra Condensed, and Monospaced - making it a versatile sanserif font family and reliable tool to designers seeking typefaces with a wide palette of styles.

Alto fonts are available in OTF CFF, TTF, WOFF, and WOFF2 formats.

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