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FS Matthew

is the multi-talented type
Light
Light
Light Italic
Light Italic
Regular
Regular
Italic
Italic
Medium
Medium
Medium Italic
Medium Italic
Bold
Bold
Bold Italic
Bold Italic
Developed for screen
Developed for screen

For not the first time, Fontsmith was commissioned to develop a font for one of the UK’s terrestrial TV channels. The product was a clearly-defined three-weight family. When italics were added, it became FS Matthew, a clean, stylish, structured sans serif with swooping, open curves and a bright, lively personality.

Developed for screen
Southbank
Southbank

Inspiration for many of the forms of FS Matthew came from details found within the modernist buildings and architecture of London’s Southbank, such as the Royal Festival Hall. During the font’s gestation, Jason had found himself at London Studios, a TV studio on Southbank, and a wander around the neighbouring arts buildings proved thought-provoking. The result was a font with a very British character: solid forms that provide the platform for innovation and distinctiveness.

Southbank
Feelgood efficiency
Feelgood efficiency

FS Matthew’s trademark is efficiency with a feelgood factor: disciplined enough for corporate identities, websites and signing systems, and colourful enough for logotypes and advertising.

Its versatility and excellent legibility are achieved via some unexpected details: the reaching curves of the “g” and “y”; the simple shape of the “u”; an off-kilter “k”; generous counters; and a slightly condensed aspect that makes FS Matthew a space-saver in text or title sizes.

Feelgood efficiency
Lowercase
Uppercase
Figures & Currency (Tabular Lining)
Mathematical Forms
Superiors & Fractions
Punctuation & Marks
Ligatures
Discretionary Ligatures
Accents