In 1982, a home computer came on the market that would launch the UK IT industry. The ZX Spectrum sold five million units and spawned thousands of software titles. It was the must-have gadget for every teen.
FS Sinclair is inspired by the memory of Sir Clive Sinclair’s greatest creation: the experience of entering its clunky command codes and reading its simple, grid-placed type.
Smart, switched-on, great in text and display, FS Sinclair is a modern grid-based font, drawn with the Spectrum in mind and brought to life by well thought-out design.
Having completed the font for Channel 4’s brand update, the Fontsmith team defined the formula for its next font: the creative essence of the C4 work but with more structural discipline, more rigid form and a little more seriousness. The new font wouldn’t look self-consciously retro but it would reference the past and, it was hoped, influence the future.
Like the ZX Spectrum, it took a while for the new font to do exactly what it was meant to do.
Many of the early concepts by Phil Garnham and Jason Smith were too jagged – the result of an awareness of getting too close to existing fonts of the same ilk, such as Wim Crouwel’s Gridnik. Eventually, FS Sinclair evolved into a more readable, functional grid-based type design that answered Phil and Jason’s original, self-set brief.
There’s a technological, systems feel to FS Sinclair but ultimately, humans are in charge. The lowercase “a”, “n”, “m” and “r” have clean-cut “ears”, and the square-ish design is softened by round joins on the inside of the letterforms.
The idiosyncratic design of letters such as “g”, “j”, “k”, “v”, “w” and “y” bring the design up to date. This is a modular font with character, and a range of weights that allow varied application.
Fontsmith offers two kinds of fonts: Standard and Pro. If you work exclusively with Latin-based languages our Standard character set is designed to meet your requirements. However, if you work with Cyrillic and Greek typography please use our Pro fonts.
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Arvanitika (Latin), Asturian, Aymara, Basque, Bemba, Belarusian (Latin), Bislama, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Chiga, Chuukese, Cofán, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, Filipino (Modern Latin), Flemish, Franco-Provencal, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Manx), Gaelic (Scottish), Gagauz (Latin), Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese/Kiribati, Greenlandic, Gusii, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Indonesian, Interlingua, Italian, Kabuverdianu, Kalenjin, Kikuyu, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kituba, Kurdish (Latin Hawar), Ladin, Ladino (Latin), Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Low German, Luba-Kasai, Luxembougish, Malagasy, Malay (Latin), Maltese, Maori, Moldavian (Latin), Mauritian Creole, Nauruan, Ndebele, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nyankole, Occitan, Oromo, Palauan/Belauan, Papiamento, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Rarotongan, Romanian, Romansch, Sami, Sango, Sardinian, Serbian (Latin), Seychellois Creole, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, Sorbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swati (Swazi), Swedish, Swiss German, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tokeluan, Tongan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvaluan, Ulithian, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Walof, Xhosa and Zulu.
Both Standard and Pro font versions include a wealth of typographic features and are available to use in supporting OpenType applications such as Adobe Illustrator®, Indesign® and Photoshop®.