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Capitolium 2

Capitolium was designed by Dr Gerard Unger in 1998 at the request of the Agenzia Romana per la Preparatione del Giubileo for the Jubilee of the Roman Catholic Church in 2000. This type design was the central part of the project for a wayfinding and information system to guide pilgrims and tourists through Rome. Capitolium also continued Rome’s almost uninterrupted 2,000 year old tradition of public le!ering. It is a modern typeface for the 21st century that is strongly related to the traditions of Rome.

Soon after the completion of this project, Dr Unger began contemplating the possibility of bringing this design to newspapers. Though the original Capitolium worked well in most modern production processes and on screens, its original wayfinding purpose meant it was too fragile for the more stringent requirements of newsprint: sturdier shapes, a taller x-height, and more characters to a line of text. The answer to these design parameters was Capitolium 2, a two-series newsface with classic letterforms springing from Rome’s long and robust type tradition. This beautiful type family, composed of Capitolium 2 and Capitolium News 2, includes the addition of over 350 glyphs for full Latin A language support, small caps, new ligatures, four sets of numerals, arbitrary fractions, and superiors and inferiors. Furthermore, kerning was added and fine-tuned for better performance.

The primary differences between Capitolium 2 and Capitolium News 2 is their x-height, serif sharpness, letter tracking, and available weights. As is possible with most of Dr Unger’s type designs, Capitolium News 2 can be condensed and expanded without any harm to the letterforms. Capitolium Headline 2 is the titling companion to this editorial type family, beautifully engineered for large sizes and compact setting. The large x-height combined with narrow letter shapes and Capitolium’s naturally high stroke contrast allow for elegant yet striking multi-line headlines.

The Capitolium 2 family speaks multiple languages, and, along with our entire catalogue, has been optimised for today’s varied screen uses.

Capitolium 2 is finalist at ED-Awards 2012 and it is one of the winners of Letter.2, the 2nd type design competition of the Association Typographique Internationale.

The Capitolium 2 family is available at our webfont service partner TYPEKIT or contact us for self-hosting @font-face.

To find out what's new in Capitolium 2 please download the type specimen.

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Capitolium 2 Light

Capitolium 2 Regular

Capitolium 2 Italic

Capitolium 2 Bold

Capitolium 2 Bold Italic

CapitoliumNews 2 Regular

CapitoliumNews 2 Italic

CapitoliumNews 2 Semibold

CapitoliumNews 2 Semibold Italic

CapitoliumNews 2 Bold

CapitoliumNews 2 Bold Italic

Capitolium Headline 2 Light

Capitolium Headline 2 Light Italic

Capitolium Headline 2 Regular

Capitolium Headline 2 Italic

Capitolium Headline 2 Semibold

Capitolium Headline 2 Semibold Italic

Capitolium Headline 2 Bold

Capitolium Headline 2 Bold Italic

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