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Roslindale

The serif typeface Rodlindale on a mobile phone in a headline, body text, a pull quote and a button.

Serif Typeface

by David Jonathan Ross

46 Styles

for 3 sizes (Display, Text, Deck)
from Condensed Extra Light to Ultra Italic

Variable Fonts

3 axes (weight, italic, optical size)
2 axes (weight, width) for Display

License for web and app usage

from $ 50 per style (static font)
from $ 100 (variable font)

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

Specialty

It’s broad design space for different sizes, widths, weights and styles.

My thoughts on Roslindale

This is a typeface that’s extremely versatile. It’s an oldstyle with Victorian sensibilities, sharp, stubby serifs, bulbous terminals, and the occasional hint of diagonal stress. The display styles are expressive – great for attention grabbing headings and quotes. The text styles are more calm and geared toward readability. For functional text it might work, but not in tiny sizes (10 to 12 px). Overall it’s got a lot of character.

Roslindale’s design space as a variable font make it so outstanding. I specially love how the italic axis transitions from an upright to an italic in increments. This gives you a lot of possibilities to play with. But it also might be overwhelming to newcomers having so many options, since it requires some knowledge how to use it best.

As a member of DJR’s Font of the Month Club I could observe its evolution and release in progress which brought Roslindale near and dear to my heart. I appreciate David’s very accessible licensing packages that include desktop, web and app usage.

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