Portrait Collection

Portrait is Berton Hasebe’s sharply minimalist depiction of French Renaissance types. The marriage of classical proportions with triangular Latin serifs is an inspired combination, and a fresh way to see these nearly 500-year-old forms. A number of families in the Commercial Type library display a particular fascination with the French Renaissance forms of Granjon, Garamont, and their contemporaries. Of the varied interpretations in the library, the Portrait collection of four families is the most unabashedly new, aggressive in its simplicity but nuanced in its details, and covering a wide range of tones from the sober beauty of the display face, to the warm sparkle of Portrait Text, to the exuberance of the Condensed and Inline.