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Polymode

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In progress

This typeface isn’t quite finished yet. If you license it now, you’ll get free updates as we continue development, including the final versions if and when they’re released. Read more about fonts in progress.

Variable font

A variable font includes multiple styles of a typeface within a single size-efficient file, along one or more axes (like weight or optical size), affording granular stylistic variation between design extremes. Learn more about our variable fonts.

Symbols

This typeface includes an extensive set of symbols that echo the design details and weight of the other glyphs. Each symbol glyph is properly Unicode-encoded for reliable copy-pasting, webfont fallback behavior, and screen reader accessibility.

Designers

Ben Kiel, Jesse Ragan

Creative muses

Silas Munro and Brian Johnson of Polymode

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Polymode specimen

Polymode is a typeface that expresses a point of view while remaining neutral and balancing functionality with personality. Beyond its buttoned-up first impression, some unexpected charisma demands closer attention, such as the flat horizontal strokes of g, s, and y; the hook-arched r; and the non-aligned crossbars of f and t.

Polymode was built to take full advantage of variable font features with an invented Realness axis on which the characters get progressively more expressive and harder to ignore. Polymode studio, who originally commissioned the typeface, provided names and descriptions for five stations along that axis:

  • Acting Basic is neutral, mathematical, and accessible.
  • Going to Work is on point; ready for the day with a little flair.
  • Churl Please is a whisper between friends when it’s just right.
  • Attitude is ovah your shit, sassy, and ready to bring it to you.
  • Opulence is extra, beyond, and you own everything!

Read more about the origin of the typeface in our Polymode case study.

Project status

Polymode is in active development. Future updates will include:

  • Lighter weights
  • Overall refinement
  • Enhanced opulence

If the typeface is currently missing something you need, please contact us. We may already have in the works, or we may be able to fast-track it for you.

The name “Polymode” is a trademark of Polymode.

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