Type Recommendations

The following typefaces are recommeded for setting text in Vietnamese. Each type has been reviewed for flexibility, legibility, and readability.

Acumin

Robert Slimbach’s Acumin is a neo-grotesque type with a family of 90 fonts. Its broad range of weights and widths combined with strong diacritics provide limitless Vietnamese typographic opportunities. The sans-serif texts, including the table of contents, on this site are set in Acumin. See specimen

Adobe Text

Robert Slimbach’s Adobe Text is flexible and economical. Its calligraphic features (teardrop horns) combined with utilitarian diacritical marks (short accents and close-to-the-base letters) make Adobe Text legible for setting long passages in Vietnamese. See specimen

Alda

Berton Hasebe’s Alda is a robust, elegant text serif. Each weight is specifically designed to be recognizable at large sizes and yet cohesive at small sizes. Above all, Alda has strong, beautiful supports for Vietnamese diacritics. See specimen

Alegreya

Juan Pablo del Peral’s Alegreya is a dynamic, harmonious text serif. With its unique characteristics and well-built support for diacritics, Alegreya is an ideal choice for setting literary works in Vietnamese. See specimen

Arno

Robert Slimbach’s Arno has humanist features from the past as well as functional qualities of the present. Its elegant typographic details and refined diacritics are indispensable for setting formal documents and poems in Vietnamese. See specimen

Cabin

Inspired by Edward Johnston’s and Eric Gill’s humanist sans, Impallari Type’s Cabin has modern proportions, optical adjustments, and elements of the geometric sans. While remains faithful to its roots, Cabin has its own personality and a set of prominent diacritics for the Vietnamese language. See specimen

Faustina

Alfonso García’s Faustina is a robust serif family designed for print and online editorial typography. Its clear, sturdy diacritic marks are essential for reading text in Vietnamese. See specimen

FF More

Łukasz Dziedzic’s FF More has an extensive family of 48 fonts. Its solid serifs, considerate contrast, and distinguishable diacritics are essential for typesetting in Vietnamese. See specimen

Fira Sans

Led by Carrois type foundry based in Berlin, Fira Sans is an open source typeface for Firefox OS. It was designed to render on mobile devices with various resolutions. Its diacritics were also carefully crafted to be legible on different screen qualities. Ideal for screen-based apps and websites in Vietnamese. See specimen

Garamond Premier

Robert Slimbach’s Garamond Premier is a stunning reinterpretation of Claude Garamond’s romans and Robert Granjon’s italics. With the marriage of these two distinctive styles, Slimbach has crafted a harmonious yet unique typeface for continuous paragraphs as well as large headlines. With clear teardrop horns and elongated diacritical marks, Garamond Premier is an elegant choice for typesetting Vietnamese literary projects. The main text on this site is set in Garamond Premier. See specimen

Garvis

James Todd’s Garvis was designed for sturdiness, legibility, and linguistic support. Its subtle but strong diacritics work well for print and online Vietnamese publications. See specimen

Halcom

Inspired by Futura, Jonathan Hill’s Halcom aims to strike the balance between geometric precision and optical accuracy. With simple diacritical features, Halcom is an excellent choice for setting clean and modern Vietnamese typography. See specimen

Halyard

Joshua Darden’s Halyard is a grotesque sans with historical forms drawn from Schelter+Giesecke, Miller and Richard, and Morris Fuller Benton. Its superfamily—including micro subfamilies designed by Darden, Eben Sorkin, and Lucas Sharp—and robust diacrictics provide flexible Vietnamese typography system that works at any size. See specimen

Mallory

Tobias Frere-Jones sets out to design Mallory with British and American traditions, but expands into many languages including Vietnamese. With the mixture of British’s geometric shapes, American’s organic forms, and Vietnamese’s legible accents, Mallory is truly a multicultural sans. Its MicroPlus features—large x-heights, loose spacing, low contrast, and simplified details—offer multilingual solutions that are consistent across print and web environments. See specimen

Minion

Robert Slimbach’s Minion Pro is a classic serif workhorse. Its versatility, functionality, and readability make Minion unnoticeable, which is ideal for focusing on the content. Because of its distinguishable horns and ample diacritical marks, Minion is an excellent choice for setting serious Vietnamese typography. See specimen

Myriad

Myriad, designed by Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly, Fred Brady, and Christopher Slye, is a sans-serif workhorse. Its extensive weights and straightforward diacritical marks make Myriad an ideal choice for setting crisp, no-nonsense Vietnamese text. See specimen

Nunito Sans

Jacques Le Bailly’s Nunito Sans is an extension of Vernon Adams’s Nunito, which is a beautiful, well-balanced, and rounded sans serif. With legible dicritics, Nunito Sans is a welcoming expansion for Vietnamese typography. See specimen

Pelago

Robert Slimbach’s Pelago is a naturalistic sans-serif family that offers a wide range of possibilities ranging from text on the web to print publication. Pelago’s expressive features (generous counters and prominence stroke endings) reveal at large sizes, but recede for readability at text sizes. Its clear and sturdy diacritical marks are superb for Vietnamese typography. See specimen

Retina

Tobias Frere-Jones’s Retina is recognized as a milestone in type design for its idiosyncrasy yet practicality. By using MicroPlus—applying hinting and experimenting with proportions—Frere-Jones and his team designed Retina to be read on various screen devices as well as paper at the tinest sizes. Its modest support for diacritics makes Retina an economical yet flexible choice for Vietnamese fine print and digital typesetting. See specimen

Skolar

David Březina’s Skolar is a robust serif family designed to solve complex text settings. Its generous x-height, low-contrast modulation, and sturdy diacritics are ideal for typesetting works of scholar in Vietnamese. See specimen

Source Sans

Source Sans is Adobe’s first open source type family. Drawing from the simple forms of News Gothic and Frankly Gothic, Paul D. Hunt designed Source Sans for short UI labels as well as long paragraphs. With legible diacritical marks, Source Sans is well-suited for setting Vietnamese text on the web. See specimen

Spectral

Production Type’s Spectral is a versatile serif family designed specifically for immersive reading on screen. Incorporating Prototypo’s parametric font technology, Spectral is developed with responsive characters to work seamlessly across multiple devices. Spectral’s subtle yet distinguishable diacritics make it a great choice for Vietnamese online publications. See specimen