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A new typeface designed by Riley Cran, inspired by the work of lettering artist Mortimer Leach. Available now, exclusively from Lost Type.

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Various Weights

A typeface’s weights provide versatility. Mort Modern’s light weights are classy, charming and succinct. The bold end of the family takes influence from the ultra-bold typefaces of the 18th century, and the results pack a punch. And in the middle of the family you’ll find a set of fonts designed for use in running text at a variety of sizes.

Contextual Alternates

Mid-Century advertising lettering was all about subtlety. If the same letter appeared twice in a word, and the two instances could be drawn individually to better serve the letters around them, subtle changes were often made to ‘hold color’ (rhythm and density) in headlines. Mort Modern can simulate this with a careful assortment of contextual alternates.
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Language Support

Mort Modern speaks over 150 languages, allowing the style of mid-century advertising lettering to be used by designers everywhere from Iceland to Mexico, from Catalonia to Canada.

Fractions

When typesetting a recipe, a statistic or a menu, Mort Modern has you covered with fractions in all styles, assembled automatically with the help of OpenType. Just type 1/3 and turn the feature on. Mort Modern does the rest for you.

Lining and Non-Lining Figures

A workhorse typeface needs both lining figures and non-lining (old-style) figures. You’ll find both in all styles of Mort Modern, from Black Italic to Light Condensed. They’ll particularly come in handy in the text styles.
Vancouver, BC

Small Caps

All styles of Mort Modern also include small caps, for use in running text. Next time you need to refer to a government agency, or an initialism like AM/PM or BC/AD, Mort Modern’s small caps are just a button-push away.

Optical Sizes

Historically we’ve had different fonts for different sizes. What looks nice in text doesn’t necessarily feel the same in a large headline. So Mort Modern comes with 3 optical sizes (text, subhead and banner) to suit all of your typesetting needs. These fonts will help you typeset a magazine - cover to cover.

Romans and italics

Mortimer Leach’s hand-lettered didone italics provided the inspiration for the italic half of the Mort Modern family. The character of the italic provides a harmonious contrast against the roman fonts in running text or in headlines.

Stylistic alternates

An alternate ’s’ or ‘y’ can change the tone of a paragraph or headline instantly. The stylistic alternate ’S’ in the roman has the ball terminals classically associated with characterful mid-century advertising lettering.
Photo of the printed Mort Modern specimen cards spread out.

This Mort Modern specimen set ships free to your door with a purchase of a commercial license (both Standard or Pro) in the USA.

  • fantasticalities
  • subfreezing
  • Microenvironment
  • Superpowers
  • superheavyweights
  • futurologies
  • miniaturization
  • zoophysiologist
  • Mort Modern Large Light
    Mort Modern Large Light Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Regular
    Mort Modern Large Regular Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Medium
    Mort Modern Large Medium Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Semibold
    Mort Modern Large Semibold Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Bold
    Mort Modern Large Bold Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Black
    Mort Modern Large Black Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Condensed Light
    Mort Modern Large Condensed Light Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Condensed Regular
    Mort Modern Large Condensed Regular Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Condensed Medium
    Mort Modern Large Condensed Medium Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Condensed Semibold
    Mort Modern Large Condensed Semibold Italic
  • Mort Modern Large Condensed Bold
    Mort Modern Large Condensed Bold Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Light
    Mort Modern Subhead Light Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Regular
    Mort Modern Subhead Regular Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Medium
    Mort Modern Subhead Medium Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Semibold
    Mort Modern Subhead Semibold Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Bold
    Mort Modern Subhead Bold Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Black
    Mort Modern Subhead Black Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Light
    Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Light Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Regular
    Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Regular Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Medium
    Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Medium Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Bold
    Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Bold Italic
  • Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Bold
    Mort Modern Subhead Condensed Bold Italic
  • Mort Modern Text Light
    Mort Modern Text Light Italic
  • Mort Modern Text Regular
    Mort Modern Text Regular Italic
  • Mort Modern Text №2 Regular
    Mort Modern Text №2 Regular Italic
  • Mort Modern Text Semibold
    Mort Modern Text Semibold Italic
  • Mort Modern Text Bold
    Mort Modern Text Bold Italic
  • Mort Modern Text Black
    Mort Modern Text Black Italic

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