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$120 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$360 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$240 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$720 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$360 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$1,080 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$480 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$1,440 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$600 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$1,800 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$720 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$2,160 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$840 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$2,520 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$960 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$2,880 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$1,080 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$3,240 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$1,200 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$3,600 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$1,320 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$3,960 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$1,440 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$4,320 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$1,560 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$4,680 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

Essentials Pack
$1,680 USD

Includes four essential Fiction styles:

Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic

Family Pack
$5,040 USD

Includes the complete Fiction family:

Fiction Harline
Fiction Hairline Italic
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Italic
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Italic
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Italic
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Italic
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Italic
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Italic
Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Italic

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Fiction Hairline

Fiction Hairline

Fiction Hairline Oblique

Fiction Hairline Oblique

Fiction Thin

Fiction Thin

Fiction Thin Oblique

Fiction Thin Oblique

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Extra Light Oblique

Fiction Extra Light Oblique

Fiction Light

Fiction Light

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Regular

Fiction Regular

Fiction Regular Oblique

Fiction Regular Oblique

Fiction Medium

Fiction Medium

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Bold

Fiction Bold

Fiction Bold Oblique

Fiction Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold

Fiction Extra Bold

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction Hairline

Fiction Hairline

Fiction Hairline Oblique

Fiction Hairline Oblique

Fiction Thin

Fiction Thin

Fiction Thin Oblique

Fiction Thin Oblique

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Extra Light Oblique

Fiction Extra Light Oblique

Fiction Light

Fiction Light

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Regular

Fiction Regular

Fiction Regular Oblique

Fiction Regular Oblique

Fiction Medium

Fiction Medium

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Bold

Fiction Bold

Fiction Bold Oblique

Fiction Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold

Fiction Extra Bold

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction Hairline

Fiction Hairline

Fiction Thin Oblique

Fiction Thin Oblique

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Regular

Fiction Regular

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Bold

Fiction Bold

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Extra Light

Fiction Light

Fiction Light

Fiction Regular

Fiction Regular

Fiction Medium

Fiction Medium

Fiction Bold

Fiction Bold

Fiction Extra Bold

Fiction Extra Bold

Fiction Extra Light Oblique

Fiction Extra Light Oblique

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Light Oblique

Fiction Regular Oblique

Fiction Regular Oblique

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Medium Oblique

Fiction Bold Oblique

Fiction Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Fiction

Originally designed for Formist’s Ficciones Typografika publication, Fiction is just that: a fiction, a distortion, an imposter. Mark Gowing originated the concept to automate a new typeface from the bones of three beloved classics. As a result, Fiction is essentially generative. That is to say, no letters have been manually drawn, spaced or kerned in the making of these fonts. Born out of a punk ethos, Fiction was created as both a homage, and a challenge, to the established sans-serif status quo. It is a response to the recent proliferation of neutral sans-serifs, along with the desire for the type to be simply more conceptually neutral than anything previously existing.

In order for Gowing to execute his concept, the basis of the typeface was created by interpolating the averaged centre line of the three mainstays in modernist sans-serif type: Akzidenz-Grotesk (Hermann Berthold, 1898), Helvetica (Max Miedinger, 1957) and Univers (Adrian Frutiger, 1957). The resulting centre line was then used as the spine of each glyph, with varying stroke widths applied to create the desired type weights. The proportions of these three type titans provided a skeleton onto which a new flesh was grown.

Despite Gowing’s conceptual intentions toward neutrality, Fiction emerges with character. The letterforms stand uncorrected, without the presence of any optical enhancements. However it is this lack of correction that creates Fiction’s own unique character, while its origins provide an uncanny familiarity.

Usage Notes

The sixteen style Fiction family consists of a broad range of weights that vary progressively in their aesthetic, due to the arbitrary nature of the applied strokes. The stroke-based drawing technique creates a variety of character heights that are aligned on the centre of each stroke, rather than the baseline, x-height and cap-height. This creates unorthodox and unique typographic outcomes that will vary in subtlety depending on the chosen type weight and size.

At text sizes Fiction feels familiarly utilitarian and sets in very much the same way as its contemporaries—it is reliable and legible in most situations. The Hairline and Thin weights may be too fine to be used at small sizes, but work exceptionally well at headline and display sizes. At these larger sizes the type comes alive and exhibits its idiosyncratic character. The Extra Bold is the most exaggerated in its form and is particularly varied in the character heights, but it has a playful wiggle that is also excellent for headlines.

Overall the punk feel of Fiction can be used to create a unique typographic tone that honours and recycles our cultural heritage.

Styles

Fiction Hairline
Fiction Hairline Oblique
Fiction Thin
Fiction Thin Oblique
Fiction Extra Light
Fiction Extra Light Oblique
Fiction Light
Fiction Light Oblique
Fiction Regular
Fiction Regular Oblique
Fiction Medium
Fiction Medium Oblique
Fiction Bold
Fiction Bold Oblique

Fiction Extra Bold
Fiction Extra Bold Oblique

Designed By

Mark Gowing

Mastered By

Ben Kiel

Features

Sixteen styles

Language Support

Fiction features full support of the following languages: Abenaki, Afaan Oromo, Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Alsatian, Amis, Anuta, Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Arrernte, Arvanitic (Latin), Asturian, Atayal, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Bashkir (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bemba, Bikol, Bislama, Bosnian, Breton, Cape Verdean Creole, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Chavacano, Chichewa, Chickasaw, Cimbrian, Cofán, Cornish, Corsican, Creek, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dawan, Delaware, Dholuo, Drehu, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, Folkspraak, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gagauz (Latin), Galician, Ganda, Genoese, German, Gikuyu, Gooniyandi, Greenlandic (Kalaallisut), Guadeloupean Creole, Gwich’in, Haitian Creole, Hän, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hopi, Hotca˛k (Latin), Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Interglossa, Interlingua, Irish, Istro-Romanian, Italian, Jamaican, Javanese (Latin), Jèrriais, Kaingang, Kala Lagaw Ya, Kapampangan (Latin), Kaqchikel, Karakalpak (Latin), Karelian (Latin), Kashubian, Kikongo, Kinyarwanda, Kiribati, Kirundi, Klingon, Kurdish (Latin), Ladin, Latin, Latino sine Flexione, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Lombard, Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, Maasai, Makhuwa, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Māori, Marquesan, Megleno-Romanian, Meriam Mir, Mirandese, Mohawk, Moldovan, Montagnais, Montenegrin, Murrinh-Patha, Nagamese Creole, Nahuatl, Ndebele, Neapolitan, Ngiyambaa, Niuean, Noongar, Norwegian, Novial, Occidental, Occitan, Onĕipŏt, Oshiwambo, Ossetian (Latin), Palauan, Papiamento, Piedmontese, Polish, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Q’eqchi’, Quechua, Rarotongan, Romanian, Romansh, Rotokas, Sami (Inari Sami), Sami (Lule Sami), Sami (Northern Sami), Sami (Southern Sami), Samoan, Sango, Saramaccan, Sardinian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Seri, Seychellois Creole, Shawnee, Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Slovak, Slovenian, Slovio (Latin), Somali, Sorbian (Lower Sorbian), Sorbian (Upper Sorbian), Sotho (Northern), Sotho (Southern), Spanish, Sranan, Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swazi, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Tuvaluan, Tzotzil, Uzbek (Latin), Venetian, Vepsian, Volapük, Võro, Wallisian, Walloon, Waray-Waray, Warlpiri, Wayuu, Welsh, Wik-Mungkan, Wiradjuri, Wolof, Xavante, Xhosa, Yapese, Yindjibarndi, Zapotec, Zarma, Zazaki, Zulu, Zuni

Basic Character Set

Basic Character Set

Accented Characters and Language Options

Language Options

Numerals

Numerals

Punctuation and Symbols

Punctuation and Symbols