Joanna® Sans Nova

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What is the Joanna® Sans Nova font?

The Joanna® Sans Nova family is the only typeface in the Eric Gill Series that was not initially designed by Gill. Created by Monotype Studio designer Terrance Weinzierl over a three-year period with digital applications at the forefront of the design criteria, Joanna Sans Nova is a humanist sans serif based primarily on Gill’s original Joanna. The design comprises 16 fonts, from thin to black, each with a complementary italic. More…
Joanna Sans Nova has a larger x-height to ensure high levels of legibility – even on small digital screens. Due to its inherent humanist proportions, Joanna Sans Nova is surprisingly comfortable for longer form reading. Its low contrast in character stroke weights also improves imaging in a variety of environments. In addition, the calligraphic and fluid details enable the roman and italic designs to shine in headlines and other display uses.
Joanna Sans features a robust range of OpenType features for fine typography, including small caps, old style figures, proportional figures, ligatures, superscript and subscript figures and support for fractions. With over 1000 glyphs per font, Joanna Sans supports more than 50 languages – in Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts.
“I’ve always been a fan of Gill’s work, explains Weinzierl, and found the simple, humanist qualities of Joanna really fitting for a sans serif design. I wanted to make something with Gill flavor, but with more harmony in the extreme weights than Gill Sans – and with my twist on it. I went through six or seven different italic designs before landing on the current direction.”
“The original Joanna had a very distinct italic, Weinzierl continues. “It’s very condensed, and has a very shallow angle. I wanted to have an italic that stood out, but in a different way. I took a cursive direction for the italic details, which are wider and slanted more, both improving character legibility.”
The Joanna Sans Nova typeface family is part of the new Eric Gill series, drawing on Monotype’s heritage to remaster and expand and revitalize Eric Gill’s body of work, with more weights, more characters and more languages to meet a wide range of design requirements. The series also brings to life new elements inspired by some of Gill’s unreleased work, discovered in Monotype’s archive of original typeface drawings and materials of the last century.

Joanna® Sans Nova Font families

The Joanna® Sans Nova includes the following font families:

  • Joanna Sans Nova Thin
  • Joanna Sans Nova Thin Italic
  • Joanna Sans Nova Light
  • Joanna Sans Nova Light Italic
  • Joanna Sans Nova Regular
  • Joanna Sans Nova Italic
  • Joanna Sans Nova Book
  • Joanna Sans Nova Book Italic
  • Joanna Sans Nova Medium
  • Joanna Sans Nova Medium Italic
  • Joanna Sans Nova Bold
  • Joanna Sans Nova Bold Italic
  • Joanna Sans Nova ExtraBold
  • Joanna Sans Nova ExtraBold It
  • Joanna Sans Nova Black
  • Joanna Sans Nova Black Italic

Joanna® Sans Nova Preview

Here is a preview of how Joanna® Sans Nova will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

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Is Joanna® Sans Nova A free font? Is Joanna® Sans Nova Free to Download?

No,Joanna® Sans Nova is not free to download. You will need to pay for it I'm afraid. Almost every font that we list on is a paid-for, premium font. We do have a Free Fonts section where we list free fonts that you can download. There is no point trying to find a free download of Joanna® Sans Nova so please don't waste your time looking.

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