Việt Type 2nd ed. Trương Support
Vietnamese Typography Second Edition Donny Trương Support This Book

Recommendations

The purpose for this guide is to collect and showcase typefaces with full support for Vietnamese. Although display typefaces contribute an important role in Vietnamese typography, the design of their diacritics can be playful and experimental. The focus, therefore, is on setting long-form text. Each typeface has been chosen based on flexibility, legibility, readability, and versatility of both the letters and their diacritical marks.

Adapter

True to its name, Adapter adapts to any typographic environment. From text to display, straight to slant, thin to thick, Adapter takes advantage of variable font technology to offer a modern sans serif typographic system that supports many languages. For Vietnamese, its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designers: William Montrose, Sláva Jevčinová & David Březina
  • Foundry: Rosetta Type
  • Released: 2019
  • Font Format: Variable

Adelle Sans

With exuberant personality and clean appearance, Adelle Sans provides flexible typesetting for every situation and supports a wide range of languages. For Vietnamese, its acute and grave stack on top of its circumflex while its hook above stacks right.

  • Designers: Veronika Burian & José Scaglione
  • Foundry: TypeTogether
  • Released: 2012
  • Font Format: Variable

Albula Pro

A charismatic, geometric sans, Albula Pro lends versatility, legibility, and readability to contemporary designs. Albula Pro supports a wide range of languages. For Vietnamese, its grave and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex while its acute stacks left.

  • Designer: Silvio Meier
  • Foundry: Serpentype
  • Released: 2021
  • Font Format: Static

Alright

Alright is a friendly, flexible humanist sans with a wide range of weights, widths, and languages. For Vietnamese, its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Jackson Showalter-Cavanaugh
  • Foundry: Okay Type
  • Released: 2019
  • Font Format: Static

Amica Pro

With generous x-height and reduced ascenders and descenders, Amica Pro offers approachable typesettings from user-interface design to online reading. For Vietnamese, its acute, grave, and hook above stack on top of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Dave Rowland
  • Foundry: Schizotype
  • Released: 2019
  • Font Format: Static

Ballinger

With large counters and a generous x-height, Ballinger offers flexible typography for clear communications. Its open apertures and amble curves lend comfort and friendliness to user interface design as well as print publications. Ballinger has solid diacritics for Vietnamese. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack on top of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Max Phillips
  • Foundry: Signal Type
  • Released: 2018
  • Font Format: Static

Captura Now

A friendly, flexible sans-serif family, Captura Now offers the creative freedom to take on multilingual typesettings. For Vietnamese in particular, Captura Now’s diacritics are designed with clear positioning and balanced spacing. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

Every

A workhorse serif family, Every is not only a legible, readable text face, but also an elegant, expressive display face. With three optical sizes, matching italics, and spiky serifs, Every covers a wide range of typographic challenges from print to screen, editorial to long form, and literary to economy. Every equips with Vietnamese diacritics. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

Exchange

Inspired by the British “Ionic” style of slab serif, L. B. and M. F. Benton’s Century Expanded, and C.H. Griffith’s Bell Gothic, Exchange offers typesetting in limited space including newspaper and mobile devices. Exchange has clear, well-balanced diacritics. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex. Its tilde positions slightly toward the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Tobias Frere-Jones
  • Foundry: Frere-Jones Type
  • Released: 2017
  • Font Format: Static

Fern

Fern is an elegant Venetian typeface that lends strength and grace to text on screens. Fern strikes the balance between humanist qualities and chunkiness forms. For Vietnamese, its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex. Its tilde positions slightly toward the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: David Jonathan Ross
  • Foundry: DJR
  • Font Format: Static

Forma DJR

Started out as a refresh of the Italian neo-grotesque sans, Forma DJR takes on a life of its own with irregular details, tight spacings, and Swiss alternates. For Vietnamese, Forma DJR comes with straightened and curved horns. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designers: David Jonathan Ross with Ruggero Magrì & Roger Black
  • Foundry: DJR
  • Released: 2017, 2021
  • Font Format: Variable

Fragen

With sturdy slab serifs complemented by exuberant italics, Fragen is an eclectic-yet-harmonious type family inspired by nineteenth century Antiques and typewriter. While Fragen’s low contrast makes it legible for reading text, its distinctive feature makes it swell for display typography. Fragen comes with well-crafted diacritics for Vietnamese. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

Frequenz

With sound-wave inspiration, nonconformist rhythm, and optically adjusted appearance, Frequenz offers an unorthodox, uncompromising sans serif text face that surprisingly does not get in the way with the flow of reading. Frequenz has conventional diacritics with its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Sebastian Losch
  • Foundry: Kilotype
  • Released: 2018
  • Font Format: Static

Halyard

A grotesque sans with historical forms drawn from Schelter+Giesecke, Miller and Richard, and Morris Fuller Benton, Halyard offers a full range of typographic utility. The Halyard superfamily provides flexibility and robustness to work in any situation. For Vietnamese, its acute and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex, but its grave stacks to the left.

  • Designers: Joshua Darden, Eben Sorkin & Lucas Sharp
  • Foundry: Darden Studio
  • Font Format: Static

Harriet

Reimagining of Baskerville and Scotch Roman, Harriet is a multifaceted serif family ranging from exhilarating display to essential reading text. Harriet has superb Vietnamese diacritics. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Jackson Showalter-Cavanaugh
  • Foundry: Okay Type
  • Released: 2019
  • Font Format: Static

Loretta

Rooted in calligraphy, Loretta offers elegance serifs, low contrasts, and open shapes to long-form reading pleasure. Loretta comes with vibrant italic to complement its regular style and diacritic to support multiple languages. For Vietnamese, its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designers: Abel Martins & Joana Correia
  • Foundry: Nova Type
  • Released: 2021
  • Font Format: Static

Pangea

With compactness and unity, Pangea strikes the perfect balance between a narrow grotesque and condense geometric typeface. Pangea strives to save the world through its environmental-friendly approach and extensive support for languages. For Vietnamese, its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Christoph Koeberlin
  • Foundry: Fontwerk
  • Released: 2020
  • Font Format: Variable

Pliego

Named after Pliegos de Cordel, Pliego offers a delightful reading experience with humanist forms and even textures. Its calligraphic details ebb at small sizes for comfortable reading, but flow at large sizes for playful display. Its diacritics are crafted with care to retain the humanist and calligraphic qualities throughout. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Juanjo López
  • Foundry: Huy!Fonts
  • Released: 2019
  • Font Format: Static

Roslindale

Inspired by De Vinne, Roslindale strikes the balance between utility and personality. Roslindale has rounded diacritics. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: David Jonathan Ross
  • Foundry: DJR
  • Font Format: Variable

Schotis

Inspired by Scotch Romans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Schotis is a workhorse text face for editorial and long-form text. Schotis has rounded, well-balanced diacritics. Its reversed tilde for italic appears playful for display text, but odd for reading text. Its acute, grave, and hook above stack to the right of its circumflex.

  • Designer: Juanjo López
  • Foundry: Huy!Fonts
  • Released: 2017
  • Font Format: Static

Skolar

A robust serif family with conventional proportions and subtle personal styles, Skolar intends to solve complex typography across platforms and purposes. Skolar has solid, sturdy diacritical marks. While its acute and grave on lowercase letters stack to the right of its circumflex, they stack above on capital letters. Its counterpart, Skolar Sans, fills the need of early days for responsive web typography.