Massenet Typeface


Massenet is a revival, completely redrawn, of Old Style Grotesque Condensed which was found in Specimens of Printing Type (Miller & Richard, Edinburgh, c. 1920). The book appears to be in the public domain.

Massenet is a sans serif font that sports a nice combination of thick and thin strokes. It was expanded to three weights, SemiBold, Bold and ExtraBold. It will your designs best in posters, advertisements, “vintage modern” (what a great oxymoron!) and card design.

Massenet exemplifies a few of the reasons Grotesques received this moniker. See the unusual N glyph with its upper right rectangle; the rather truncated G; the r and its broadly stroked arm; and the awkward S.