Columbia Gorgeous Bold Font
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Columbia Gorgeous Bold

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The impetus behind Columbia Gorgeous was creating a type face that has the modern, crispness of Gotham mashed up with the geometric typefaces of the 1920s and 30s (Futura and its spawn, Century Gothic). The goal was to create something that looked like it might be on the glass at the street level of a downtown office building in circa 1930 Manhattan while at the same time look at home in a high quality brand today.

The capital C, O and G, big, round bowls to open up the space and kept some other characters relatively narrow, to mimic some of the qualities of Futura. It maintains fairly healthy-sized bowls on the R, B and D that are more to the proportion of Gotham.

In the end, Columbia Gorgeous has a level of both downtown elegance and a kind of roaring twenties, pre-depression era gaiety that is found in the lowercase letters (juice jelly jam laughing fun). It could have its place in most designer’s quiver for just that right retro flavor when needed.

Please remember that any funds received from the release of this first version will go to providing free seminars on typography education. Type Club teaches anyone who wants to attend, seminars on such things as letterpress, calligraphy, bookmaking, digital font creation and many other things, as well as provides online educational resources on typography via our website,


Please note: Bold is now bolder! We felt that the Bold needed to be beefier, so if you previously purchased Columbia Gorgeous Bold you will want to download and update your projects to use DemiBold. It is the same weight as what was Bold previously. The new bold is better than ever, so be sure to download it again from your account and give it a try.  If you have any questions, concerns, or problems, please contact us at


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