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Please note that, except where indicated, these typefaces are not available for licensing.
Big Black Book Stencil
Empire State Building
Munich Re Group
2004-2005. Commissioned by Mark Porter at The Guardian. Designed with Paul Barnes. Available for licensing from Commercial Type.
When Paul sent me his first rough sketches for the Egyptian, I knew we had finally landed in the right spot, and with each new round of prototypes, the Egyptian became more and more central to The Guardian's new look. It works almost everywhere a sans would work, so as far as I know, news pages use it for all display typography. The extreme range of weights gave us some interesting problems to solve, like how to keep the serifs in the Hairline weight looking the the wedge-shaped serifs in the rest of the family (the answer was to taper them ever so slightly), and how to make the Black as heavy and tight as possible without ruining its legibility (the answer here was to draw a separate Condensed Ultra, with true slab serifs and stiffer curves on the bowls).
The italic is willfully bizarre. Mark pushed us to make it do its own thing and not worry too much about how it would look in mixed settings with the roman, because it is mostly going to be used for pullquotes and headlines, so it needed to add another texture and mood to the type palette. Paul pushed it in the direction of a Granjon italic dressed up as an Egyptian, and we never looked back. I've heard it described as "barking mad, but quite likable", and I think that's about right.
We also built special dropcap fonts, scaled and spaced to work with the text faces without any adjustments, in the two extreme weights. The only difficult challenge to making these was getting the Q to work.
Hairline, Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, Semibold, Bold, and Black weights, with italics.
More about each part of the family:
Guardian Text Egyptian
Guardian Text Sans