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Optima Typeface Information

Optima is the name of a typeface designed by Hermann Zapf between 1952-1955.

Optima Sample
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A mid-20th century sans-serif design, Optima at first looks a little like a traditional sans-serif. However, its strokes are delicately tapered and carry residual serifs. In many ways, Optima's design follows humanist lines, but its italic variant is merely an oblique, a slanted roman.

Like Palatino, another Zapf creation, Optima is widely admired and widely imitated.

In the Bitstream font collection, Optima is called Zapf Humanist.

Optima is the typeface used on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and also in the latest design of British retailer Marks and Spencer's logo.

Sample of the Optima typeface

The following paragraph is in Optima if it is installed on your machine. If not, a monospace font is used. Note that this sample may include characters which are not present in the font, in which case some user agents may substitute a different font to display these characters.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. ??????? Numbers: 1234567890

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