Review: Aller Standard is a quirky, charming sans serif font

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    Originally created for the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aller Standard Edition is free in three weights for small businesses. This sans serif font looks professional without being boring.

OpenType (TrueType flavored) Aller was created by Dalton Maag Ltd. for the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Aller Standard Edition is available for free (for up to 25 users within each organization) in three different versions: Aller and Aller Light, which include italic faces; and Aller Display.

A modern sans serif typeface family, all versions of Aller Standard include some interesting variations: in the regular form, the tail of the uppercase Q floats just below the baseline and ordinarily joined angles just barely touch in lowercase letters k, x, and y, giving the typeface a very airy appearance. Aller Display is a heavier weight, and includes complementary quirks: The lowercase letters in Aller Display are a combination of bubbly uppercase and lowercase glyphs, which give Aller Display somewhat of a dated look (reminiscent of a font created in the 1970s to try to look futuristic).

Aller Standard retains quirkiness without sacrificing legibility.

All versions are legible at text sizes, and also work well at display sizes; plus they include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, mathematical symbols, some diacritics, and special characters.

These variations of Aller Standard are free for personal and commercial use for up to 25 users within an organization. For additional users, please contact Dalton Maag. Preview and print embedding is allowed. Typographic versions are available for a fee.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Originally created for the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aller Standard Edition is free in three weights for small businesses. This sans serif font looks professional without being boring.

    Pros

    • Quirky

    Cons

    • Can look dated
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