A curated list of digital specimens
of the highest quality. Updated daily.

screenshot of Diode Type System

Diode Type System

A strange font with a strange, exploratory digital specimen. Unfortunately, as we see quite often, the print specimen PDF is full of examples and striking design with accompanying editorial. The digital specimen, in contrast, falls a bit flat.

Published on 08 Oct 2020
screenshot of Quarz


Quarz's specimen follows the structure of the other Extraset specimens, with an interesting mixture of designed panels and animations. The blend of associated photography is a strong design choice, but the functionality offered below is second to none. Excellent type tester and glyph set.

Published on 07 Oct 2020
screenshot of TT Ramilla

TT Ramilla

Excellent type testers from TypeType for this specimen for Ramilla. Notable for its inclusion of multi-lingual defined paragraphs.

Published on 07 Oct 2020
screenshot of Service Gothic

Service Gothic

This specimen from Service Gothic from Hex is a refreshing design. Presented as a single page – almost like a poster design – it is a full page poster with type set at various weights and sizes with controls at the top. Showing so much type in a type tester really helps in conveying the changes made to the weight axis.

Published on 06 Oct 2020
screenshot of Arkitekt


Super simple specimen from Aesthetic Type for their latest release, Arkitekt. A list of type testers, some long form design information, and a clear call to action to buy some licenses

Published on 06 Oct 2020
screenshot of Futura Now

Futura Now

This specimen from Monotype is like many of the recent specimens from the Studio's releases: templated, and fronted by a bespoke marketing video. One interesting additions, though. The type tester has state changes on resizing the text. As a user moves down the sizes, the names – and associated ranges – change, as does the content of the tester. Nifty.

Published on 06 Oct 2020
screenshot of LD GENZSCH ANTIQUA


A simple specimen that is basically one big typetester and a list of weights set side by side with a lengnthy piece about the design. SImple, but effective.

Published on 02 Oct 2020
screenshot of La Pontaise

La Pontaise

This specimen takes user configurable options to a whole new level. Presenting vertically stacked canvases, with pre-designed settings in each, the specimen allows the user to interact with every element of type. Not only that, they can make small design changes such as alignment, spacing, multicolumns, and even adding images.

Published on 01 Oct 2020
screenshot of Martha


Wonderful specimen for code font, Martha from Coppers and Brasses. Excellent graphic design and imagery underpin a structurally sound digital specimen. Stacked type testers punctuated by bright, distinctive graphics.

Published on 01 Oct 2020
screenshot of Baryton


A stylistic specimen that neatly combines sympathetic illustration to the sutble forms of Baryton. Great art direction.

Published on 01 Oct 2020
screenshot of Munken Sans

Munken Sans

There is much to admire in this specimen for Munken Sans. It hits all the right points for usability, design inspiration, and marketing the features. The use of video and photography is a welcome addition.

Published on 01 Oct 2020
screenshot of Patufet Mono font

Patufet Mono font

Simple and effective specimen from Type Republic for Patufet Mono. We continue to see this welcome design pattern for disclosing type tester controls when a user intercats with a body of text.

Published on 29 Sep 2020