Designed by Veronika Burian. Released 2007.

The Crete font family is a surprising and memorable slab serif, great for headlines or short texts. It is perfect for display use where an unconventional and delightful impression is desired and, due to a sense of movement throughout each glyph, is able to retain the reader’s interest in text.

  • First prize, 2008 Granshan Type Design Competition

Zeus was born in a cave in Crete!

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Harmonia and her husband were eventually turned into serpents, and the necklace was inherited by their daughter, Semele.

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Jason was the son of the lawful king of Iolcus, but his uncle Pelias had usurped the throne. Pelias lived in constant fear of losing what he had taken so unjustly. He kept Jason's father a prisoner and would certainly have murdered Jason at birth. But Jason's mother deceived Pelias by mourning as if Jason had died. Meanwhile the infant was bundled off to the wilderness cave of Chiron the Centaur. Chiron tutored Jason in the lore of plants, the hunt, and the civilized arts. When he had come of age, Jason set out like a proper hero to claim his rightful throne.

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Unknowingly, Jason was to play his part in a plan hatched on lofty Mount Olympus. Hera, wife of almighty Zeus himself, nursed a rage against King Pelias for he had honored all the gods but Hera. Rashly had he begrudged the Queen of Heaven her due. Hera's plan was fraught with danger; it would require a true hero. To test Jason's mettle, she contrived events so that he came into a raging torrent on his way to Iolcus. On the bank was a withered old woman. Would Jason go about his business impatiently, or would he give way to her request to be ferried across the stream?

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The Backstory


A surprising and unconventional slab serif font, great for headlines or short texts.

Originally inspired by wall lettering in a small Grecian chapel, the Crete font family by Veronika Burian was adjusted considerably to work in text. It is perfect for display use where an unconventional and delightful impression is desired. Due to a sense of movement throughout each glyph, Crete deftly retains the reader’s interest in a text environment.

The name of each style (Thick, Thin, and Round) refers to the change in the serifs themselves. So instead of increasing vertical stem widths from one weight to the next, as is common, the unusual serifs and terminals carry the tone, adding to the graceful appearance in the Thin and providing a more robust feel in the Thick style. Both are metrically interchangeable, so text will not reflow when mixed.

Crete Round is more independent from the two original styles, with changed terminals and serifs to create two new fonts that deliver a more contemporary and functional appearance.

The accompanying italics have several different lettershapes and therefore have, in some cases, their own widths, yet they always sit comfortably next to the uprights. Crete proved to be surprisingly efficient for web use and so is available under the SIL Open Source License at Google Webfonts.

When a memorable slab serif is needed, Crete’s unconventional ways fit the bill. And the limited number of weights serves to underline Crete’s primary purpose for headings, callouts, and short texts.

The complete Crete font family comes in six styles, speaks multiple languages, and, along with our entire catalogue, has been optimised for today’s varied screen and print uses.