Thin


Stratos Thin

Thin Italic


Stratos Thin Italic

ExtraLight


Stratos ExtraLight

ExtraLight Italic


Stratos ExtraLight Italic

Light


Stratos Light

Light Italic


Stratos Light Italic

SemiLight


Stratos SemiLight

SemiLight Italic


Stratos SemiLight Italic

Regular


Stratos Regular

Italic


Stratos Italic

Medium


Stratos Medium

Medium Italic


Stratos Medium Italic

SemiBold


Stratos SemiBold

SemiBold Italic


Stratos SemiBold Italic

Bold


Stratos Bold

Bold Italic


Stratos Bold Italic

ExtraBold


Stratos ExtraBold

ExtraBold Italic


Stratos ExtraBold Italic

Black


Stratos Black

Black Italic


Stratos Black Italic

A family that rethinks concepts of weight and width, spanning multiple hierarchies within a single style.

Stratos is a geometric grotesque whose peculiar utility is derived from unusual ideas about proportion. It eschews conventional notions of typographic relationships — not just for novel effect, but to empower the user to do more interesting things with type.

The first and most obvious of these surprises can be seen in the difference between its upper- and lowercase. The caps are condensed, inspired by gothic wood type of the 20th century, while the minuscules are akin to certain classic geometric sans serifs, with circular rounds (o, d, b, p, q) and horizontal terminals (a, c, e, g, s). This contradiction presents intriguing possibilities. Used separately, the two designs exude individual personalities: the compact caps fill a page with the impact of a Victorian-era poster; the lowercase conveys an austere modernity. When employed together, the look is unexpected but surprisingly functional, thanks to carefully balanced spacing and weight.

The other uncommon concept has to do with the widths between weights. In Stratos, a line set in Black occupies no more space than one set in Thin. Each of the family’s ten weights share a common width — a technique known as multiplexing. This is useful for experimenting with font choice in magazine layouts, where content can remain constant while weight is adjusted. It also presents interesting opportunities for expressive and responsive typography. A website with dynamic backgrounds, for example, can serve the appropriate weight for optimal legibility without effecting the width of the text or the wrapping of lines. The upper- and lowercase letters are multiplexed as well, offering even more design flexibility.

Awards & distinctions
Type Directors Club New York Certificate of excellence 2017
Typographica's favourite of 2016

Design: Yoann Minet. Original art direction with Emmanuel Labard.
Cyrillic: Ilya Ruderman, Yury Ostromentsky, Quentin Schmerber. 2015

Stratos specimen

Character set