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Museo Sans released

A new face from exljbris

Apologies for the lack of a Sunday Type last week. I’ll be back on track from this Sunday, when I’ll also announce the winner of Designing Books.

Just one brief announcement today. Hot on the heels of an extended Anivers, Jos Buivenga releases Museo Sans, the other half of his incredibly popular Museo:

Museo Sans

Museo Sans comes in 10 styles, two of which are completely free.

For numerous other quality free fonts, see Jos Buivenga’s site.


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  1. Lookin’ good; though I loved Museo’s definitive serifs, I’m sure I’ll be loving the sans too.

  2. I’m a big fan of Jos Buivenga. I loved Museo, and I love Museo Sans just a much. I must get my hands on it :) Good Stuff Jos!

  3. Jos has done it again! I simply love the 700 and 900 series, they will be perfect for signage & wayfinding systems. It has a touch of timelessness. Congrats to Jos, thanks John for sharing.

  4. Colin

    I’ve been anticipating this release for a long time now, however I can’t help but say it looks too much like the ubiquitous Myriad Pro. Not exactly like it, and not even near infringement, just very similar. Anybody else sense this?

  5. Thank you Miamoto, Robert and Sander!

    Colin, Myriad Pro has a humanistic approach and Museo Sans a geometric one. There might be unintended similarities, but that can happen quite easely because they are both fairly neutral fonts.

  6. James

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs at blackhatbootcamp.com/listofwordpressblogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.

  7. MP

    I look forward to Jos releasing new additions, it’s great to see what he’s got cooking! Here’s a wallpaper I did with Museo. Cheet Sheat If you would like a copy you can use, send me an email with your dimensions or file format. Thanks Jos for making such wonderful typefaces. Cheers.

    -MP

  8. Museo is one of my favorite fonts. I’m really glad it’s come out in a sans.

  9. Excellent job, Jos! I like it so much! To me the sans serif version has a clean and professional look, suitable for various environments.

    One question, though. Is a small caps version in the works, or planned to be released someday? I would love it!

    Anyway, great work and keep it up!

  10. Love it, another stunner by Jos.

    I’m getting a bit of a Gotham vibe from the lowercase? Anyone else feeling this? Touch of Frutiger in the p, g and y as well. All are very good things in my opinion - it’s great to see fresh and unique fonts that use inspiration from the greats in a creative manner.

  11. Jongseong Park

    I can’t wait to see Museo Sans in use. Great job, Jos, as always.

    Those of you wondering about the whole Myriad/Frutiger/Gotham vibe should take a look at this Typophile discussion about Avenir and Gotham. Myriad is heavily influenced by Frutiger. Adrian Frutiger, the designer of Frutiger, also designed Avenir, a humanized Futura (an iconic geometric sans). Frutiger is a design that is even more humanistic than Futura. Nevertheless, both are neutral designs that don’t veer too far away from the geometric sans genre (I’m talking only about the lowercase forms here). That’s why when Gotham, a geometric sans based on capital letters found in vernacular New York City inscriptions, was supplied with a neutral-looking lowercase, comparisons were made to Avenir.

    Basically, as Jos said, sans faces that aim for neutrality are going to tend toward very similar forms. It takes some training to appreciate the differences between all the typefaces that were mentioned, but I think all type lovers can agree that it’s all in the details when it comes to typeface designs.

  12. Lovely! The diacritics strike me as being created with particular care (and are clearly different to Myriad Pro). If only this had come out a few weeks ago, I would have used it alongside the serif version on our new office calendar! (flickr).

  13. EG

    Jos Buivenga (exljbris) strikes again! Keep inspiring more people to taste (not test) good design.

  14. Wow, this font it just amazing! Really lovely!

  15. Jared

    Just reading the heading made me gasp with teenage-girl-esque excitement, seeing the typeface made with drop everything and stare. It looks fantastic, regarding the “Does it look like Myriad Pro?” question, I’d say it has more a Gotham/Futura feel than Myriad Pro. Myriad Pro isn’t quite as friendly as Museo Sans.

    Whilst we’re on the subject, has anyone else noticed that Delicious looks a little like FF Meta?

  16. What a strange fetish you all have.

    Then again, I like to smell other people’s shoes.

  17. Bert Vanderveen

    Everyone should feel free to do comparisons, on condition that they know what they are talking about. And I don’t see a lot of valid comparisons here, folks.

    Look at Avenir, look at Myriad, look at Museo Sans. Museo has a lower contrast and is more flowing, eg the lowercase a where the downturn from the top to the bowl is just awesome and clean.

    Wonderful font and the opposite from expensive (don’t want to use the c-word…).

  18. Colin

    Bert said: “Everyone should feel free to do comparisons, on condition that they know what they are talking about.”

    I’m afraid one does not need to caress and verbally lick and slobber technical terms upon a set of typefaces to find and point out similarities (particularly when viewed at small sizes digitally). The fact that one needs to dive down so deep, technically, is good support for the similarity argument.

    Museo is refined, unique and playful in some contexts, and then Museo Sans comes along and that quirkiness seems to be less prevalent (for obvious reasons) and is replaced with a bit of the ubiquity that comes along with Avenir, Myriad, Gotham, Frutiger etc. It’s a compliment to Jos to have Museo Sans scrutinized against these staples of modern typography.

    A type’s character and its technical specs are two different conversations, and my comparison was made in the former context

  19. Josef

    I am at a loss for words, for I am dumbfounded by the awesome in this typeface.

  20. I’m a definite fan of the serif, but how can one not love a drunken horse?!

  21. I love museo sans too!

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