This font superfamily is stacked. There are 10 stylistic sets, numerators, subscripts, superscripts, tabular, and much more. There are three full families, and you will find our review for each below.
As the name suggests, Text is boss for body copy and smaller blocks of Text. At 14px and the regular weight, it still reads clear and concise if you have good eyesight. Text comes in 8 weights, with italics in each weight. Compared to display, it is broader overall, as good copy specific type should be. Lightweight at 16px is rather sexy. You can use Text at Display sizes – but it will take up a fair amount of horizontal space because of it’s broadness.
Oh Gawd! 46px at the bold weight is drop-dead gorgeous. Compared to the Text family this weight is more compact, and Monotype has set it very narrowly tracked in. That way, you can get super big while staying economical. Also, Helvetica smushed together is the best sandwich ever. There are 9 weights with italics in each. Once the weight gets beyond Extra Bold, things get mad chunky. I have found that using smaller display sizes – 24px – 31px and tracking things out will really yield a visual symphony.
Micro is interesting. When it is big, it looks mad ugly. But when it is small, it is ultra-readable and looks pleasing to the eye. At 12px, regular weight – it is still VERY clear to read. Monotype infused some magic with this family. I pushed things even further and went down to 6px. Guess what, at this micro-size, I could still read it. On print materials, this will be a stellar family to use small content blocks and free up space. Staying in this micro arena, I found that going bold has a delicate balance of chunk but retained legibility at super small sizes. There are 6 weights with italics in each. When you go above bold, you may need to bump up the scale and track out a bit. I found when going with white type on darker backgrounds, it read a bit better, but that could be my retina tomfoolery.