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Mencken Std Font Download

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Mencken Std downloadDesigner: Jean Porchez
Publisher: Typofonderie
Mencken Std was designed by Jean Porchez and published by Typofonderie. Mencken Std contains 27 styles and family package options. The font is currently #23 in Best Sellers. 

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Mencken has twenty seven styles, divided into three widths, three optical sizes, romans and italics. Generally, optical size typeface families belong to a same common construction. It falls into the same category of type classification, while presenting different x-heights or contrasts. Mencken is unique because it is designed according to different axis and optical sizes. Firstly, Mencken Text is a low-contrast transitional typeface, designed on an oblique axis, asserting horizontal with featuring open counters. Its capitals follow Didots to better harmonize the rest of the family. On the other side of the spectrum, Mencken Head (and narrow variations) is designed on a vertical axis, high contrast, in a contemporary Didot style.

The Mencken is therefore a typeface answering to different sorts of uses, whose design is different according to its uses: from oblique axis in small size to vertical axis in large sizes. Vertical proportions (x-height, capitals height, etc.) were calibrated to be compatible with many Typofonderie typeface families. Lucie Lacava and I followed the idea launched by Matthew Carter few years ago for some of his typefaces intended for publications.

From Baltimore Sun's project to Typofonderie's Mencken

It is a bespoke typeface for American newspaper The Baltimore Sun started at the end of 2004 which marks the beginning of this project. The story started with a simple email exchange with Lucie Lacava then in charge of redesigning the American East Coast newspaper. As usual, she was looking for new typeface options in order to distinguish the redesign that she had started. At the time of its implementation, a survey of the newspaper's readers has revealed that its previous typeface, drawn in the mid-1990s, was unsatisfactory. The Mencken was well received, some reader responses was particularly enjoyable: "It's easier to read with the new type even though the type is designed by a French."

Why it is called Mencken?

The name Mencken is a tribute to H. L. Mencken's journalistic contributions to The Sun. According to the London Daily Mail, Mencken ventured beyond the typewriter into the world of typography. Because he felt Americans did not recognize irony when they read it, he proposed the creation of a special typeface to be called Ironics, with the text slanting in the opposite direction from italic types, to indicate the author's humour. Affirming his irreverence, the Mencken typeface does not offer these typographic gadgets.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians and contemporary movements.

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Font Family:
· Mencken Std Regular
· Mencken Std Italic
· Mencken Std Bold
· Mencken Std Bold Italic
· Mencken Std Extra Bold
· Mencken Std Extra Bold Italic
· Mencken Std Narrow Regular
· Mencken Std Narrow Bold
· Mencken Std Narrow Extra Bold
· Mencken Std Text Regular
· Mencken Std Text Italic
· Mencken Std Text Bold
· Mencken Std Text Bold Italic
· Mencken Std Text Extra Bold
· Mencken Std Text Extra Bold Italic
· Mencken Std Head Regular
· Mencken Std Head Italic
· Mencken Std Head Bold
· Mencken Std Head Bold Italic
· Mencken Std Head Extra Bold
· Mencken Std Head Extra Bold Italic
· Mencken Std Head Narrow Regular
· Mencken Std Head Narrow Bold
· Mencken Std Head Compress Regular
· Mencken Std Head Compress Bold
· Mencken Std Head Narrow Extra Bold
· Mencken Std Head Comp Extra Bold

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