Cotrell Font


Cotrell is an Extra Bold sans serif display font, suitable for posters, advertising, logos, headlines, signage and greeting cards. It inspired by original metal typeface, Matthews, in Specimen Book and Catalog, published by the Inland Type Foundry (May 1902). It appears to be in the public domain. It suppressed Matthew’s boisterous swashes in several glyphs to give Cotrell a more contemporary feel; the lower case “f” and “g" were redesigned for the same reason. (N.B.: the swashes for “e,” “h” “m” and “n” have right angled alternates for the more cautious typographer.)

Cotrell has 482 glyphs, including 182 discretionary ligatures wich is extremely useful, especially for logo design. (A caveat, however: many of the ligatures are experimental, violating the baseline and once even the cap height. “Use at your own risk.” And take note of the reversed “R”.)