I wanted to design my own sans-serif typeface for my web site to
complement the rest of my type library, so I designed Congenial as an
understated, highly legible complement to my more decorative display
faces. Of course, I'm never far from my calligraphic roots, so Congenial
retains some hand-drawn elements, visible particularly in the heavier
weights of this generous 10-face family: for example, the swelling
diagonal stroke of the capital X, and the flared terminals of the K, L, Q, and Z. At lighter weights the strokes become almost monoline, but the
humanist tendency is still evident - see the graceful, decidedly
non-geometric curves of the k, e, and g.
As befits its name,
Congenial is a friendly and inviting face with a generous x-height and
highly differentiated characters. In fact, look closely and you won't
see a sharp, modernist edge anywhere. Like a perfect host, Congenial
draws little attention to herself, yet she's arranged everything for
effortless comfort - so you can focus on communicating whatever you need
This font is also available in the Congenial Italic Family.