I originally produced Figgins Sans in only three weights, daunted from further development by the large number of glyphs per font, that I had committed to.
Now that I have added more weights, I don’t know what to name the new weight between Bold and Extra Bold.
Is this a problem?
I’d rather not re-name the existing fonts, as it would require contacting all my distributors and have them restock, and me to edit existing promotional material and specimens (and Ima not going to reprint the Modern Suite books!), and also create confusion amongst existing licensees.
I’ve settled on Heavy, and given it the value of 750.
As an aside, when I was an art director, I was quite fond of Futura Heavy as a display face—and that’s Lighter than the Bold (at least, in the Linotype cut).
In InDesign, it is based on the “hundred” numbers, so Heavy, at 750, will show between Bold and Extra Bold.
Other applications that don’t derive the menu order from the numbers often show the weight name in that style.
So it will be obvious to typographers what “Heavy” means.
Regular - Medium - Bold is how I usually configure my designs, because I like that distinction in typographic usage, and because Medium and Semibold have always struck me as the same thing (as with Book and Regular), so I have never been able to figure out which should be the heavier. Besides, semantically, “medium” means bang in the middle, so it doesn’t make sense to weight it towards either Regular or Bold!
Dave Crossland said: