About NaN Metrify

NaN Metrify is NaN’s behemoth, no-bullshit take on the Neo/Grotesk sans-serif genre. Known for our library of wild horses, we thought it was about time for a workhorse or two (or three, in fact), and we ended up with quite a globe-hopping rogue of an equine at that. 

Neo-grotesks, through their role in contemporary design history, and their place in visual culture, represent an ubiquitous genre. Systemised and global, NaN’s approach is, in part, an answer to contemporary branding challenges. With nine widths, six weights and corresponding matching italics for each – bringing the number of styles to 108 per ABC version – plus standard versions available in Arabic, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Pan-African and Thai, Metrify is our first world-type family.

World-Ready (and waiting)
Neo-Grotesk typefaces played a significant role in the so-called Swiss international style. But this internationality arose from the inside out, with little regard to writing systems other than Latin. In an increasingly transborder world, we questioned what a sans should be in 2023, and our answer to that is simple – a world-ready typeface. A font family that is truly international. To do so, we collaborated with consultants in each international script to offer NaN Metrify in Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Thai, Pan-African and Pan-European writing systems – each meticulously designed to respect Metrify’s internal logic and sensitive to the taste and culture of local readers.

By considering Neo-Grotesks as a uniform sub-genre, there is a chance of missing the opportunity for styles to have their own very distinct voices. Questioning the creative latitude offered in this relatively small design space, we came up with the idea of Metrify A, B and C. Built around a standard skeleton and shared glyph-set, these three versions, or flavours, offer a different entry point and vision of what a Neo-Grotesk can be.

Metrify A is the most muscular of the three. Its rich treatment of details and added complexity nod to industrial grotesks, introducing a warmth and well-aged familiarity, whilst Metrify B takes a more minimal approach – removing ‘unessential’ features for a rational and distinctly contemporary feel. Metrify C, meanwhile, pushes this logic forward, adopting a simplified approach to glyph structures. In many ways, it accidentally adopts a geometric vocabulary, with rounded tittles and punctuation, making it the friendliest of the trio.

Style Range

Fresh out the packet, NaN Metrify Latin populates a set of nine widths of six weights, each with matching italics, bringing the number of styles to 108 per ABC version. Its extreme range of widths – spanning Compressed and Gigawide – allows for super strong headlines, while the middle range (Narrow, Standard and Wide) are comfortable setting any running text.

This typographic heavyweight comes conveniently packaged in a lightweight variable font file, allowing for the most efficient delivery of all necessary styles without sacrificing load speed. The subtle gradation of widths enables users to pick the perfect ratio between compactness and comfort of reading for any context. Basically, it’s got you covered. Don’t believe us? Give it a go.

Download PDF specimen for detailed samples, glyphs overviews, language support and character sets.


Typeface: NaN Metrify
Design: NaN
Lead Design: Luke Prowse & J.B Morizot
Engineering: J.B Morizot

Additional Design & QA: Florian Runge, Léon Hugues, Fátima Lázaro, Benjamin Blaess
Arabic: Naïma Ben Ayed
Cyrillic: Florian Runge & Daria Cohen
Hebrew: Florian Runge
Greek: Daria Cohen
Thai: Ben Mitchell & Léon Hugues
Spacing: Igino Marini

Script Consultants:
Hebrew: Liron Lavi
Greek: Kostas Bartsokas
Cyrillic: Daria Cohen
Thai: Ben Mitchell

Year: 2022-2023
Formats: TTF, WOFF2 (Autohinted)

Download PDF Specimen

Microsite: www.metrify.world

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