Typefaces

Sectra by Grilli Type

2. July 2015
GT Sectra by Grilli Type | Sarah Le Donne Blog – Typefaces

GT Sectra is a contemporary serif typeface released by Grilli Type in 2014. What makes this typeface so special: It combines the calligraphic influence of the broad nib pen with the sharpness of the scalpel knife. The eye-catching cuts also inspired the typefaces name! Sectra is derived from the Latin word for cutting, “Secare”. (Harry Potter fans side note: Yes, this is also where the curse Sectumsempra got its name from!)

GT Sectra by Grilli Type | Sarah Le Donne Blog – Typefaces

GT Sectra by Grilli Type | Sarah Le Donne Blog – Typefaces

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GT Sectra by Grilli Type | Sarah Le Donne Blog – Typefaces(picture above by Grilli Type)

GREAT FOR USAGE IN SMALL & LARGE SIZES

The typeface is a really versatile one as it’s available in three subfamilies: GT Sectra, GT Sectra Fine and GT Sectra Display, with each available in five weights with matching italics.

Sectra has a very low contrast between thick and thin strokes. Its text color is rather dark and the low contrast makes it work surprisingly well in very small sizes and longer text passages.

Sectra Fine has a higher contrast that gives the typeface a more elegant feeling. It works great for headlines and is the perfect companion to Sectra.

Sectra Display becomes truly eye-catching at lager sizes. This subfamily takes all the design features to their most extreme, getting rid of curves wherever possible. The lowercase “r” for example is purely angular and does not contain any curves. All letters have a very high contrast and a more condensed design.

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Reportagen Magazine(picture above by Grilli Type)

The typeface was originally designed for the Swiss journalism magazine Reportagen. Since the magazine is very text heavy, the typography plays a major role. It serves primarily the content, but on another level also as the base of the magazine’s visual identity. You can see this already on the covers. They are designed with typography only, accompanied by a small illustration.

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FREE TRIAL VERSION AVAILABLE

Grilli Type is an independent Swiss type foundry. They offer original retail and custom typefaces with a contemporary aesthetic in the Swiss tradition. And now comes the best: Grilli Type is offering free trial versions for all their typefaces! Try them out and let me know what you think!


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4 Comments

  • Reply Nevica Vazquez 7. July 2015 at 14:28

    This is so cool! How creative.
    Awesome job Sarah!

  • Reply Susan Noble 7. July 2015 at 21:25

    This is really amazing! So creative love it thanks for sharing!

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