Designed by Fred Smeijers


Arnhem by Fred Smeijers, was designed in 1999 for the Nederlandse Staatscourant, the daily newspaper of the Dutch state. It can be classified as a very functional design – Arnhem has been conceived for, and does work best in large quantities of running text. Rooted in traditional typography Arnhem undoubtedly has a modern touch, or 'an edge', as Erik Spiekermann has put it a few years ago. An outstanding tool for editorial design, Arnhem stands out due to its character, distinct colour and exceptional reading quality.

Its first commercial release in 2002 comprised four weights of roman and italic designs: Blond, Normal, Bold and Black.

Its Normal weight has a strong colour, which is good especially in small sizes and in less than optimal printing circumstances. Arnhem does not have a Light weight, instead there is a Blond version. The Blond a bit too heavy to be classified as a real light is meant to be used in those circumstances in which a strong colour is not really wanted or needed.

Eight years on, Smeijers presents the second generation of Arnhem fonts. With small design and spacing amendments, and completed with a SemiBold weight Arnhem fonts now feature five weights of roman and italic designs: Blond, Normal, SemiBold, Bold and Black. The PRO character set includes small caps, lining, old style and small cap figures (each in tabular and proportional widths); fractions; comprehensive scientific superiors and inferiors, nominators and denominators; case sensitive punctuation sets; mathematical and monetary symbols (in tabular and proportional widths); arrows; standard and discretionary ligatures; and a complete range of accents for all Latin-script-based Western, Central and East European languages.

Arnhem text faces are accompanied by two titling variants - Arnhem Fine - in roman and italic. These have different proportions and were especially designed for the use in larger sizes. For more information see Arnhem Fine.

Language Support

Arnhem OTF PRO fonts support the following languages:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish.

Arnhem fonts are delivered in OpenType Pro, TrueType, WOFF & EOT format.

Opentype Pro Features

  • Small Caps
  • Small Capitals from Capitals
  • Case Sensitive Forms
  • Localized Forms
  • Standard ligatures
  • Discretionary ligatures
  • Slashed Zero
  • Lining Figures
  • Old Style Figures
  • Proportional Figures
  • Tabular Figures
  • Scientific Inferiors
  • Superscript
  • Numerators
  • Denominators
  • Fractions
  • Ordinals

Single weights

  • Arnhem Pro Blond
  • Arnhem Pro Blond Italic
  • Arnhem Pro Normal
  • Arnhem Pro Normal Italic
  • Arnhem Pro Semibold
  • Arnhem Pro SemiBold Italic
  • Arnhem Pro Bold
  • Arnhem Pro Bold Italic
  • Arnhem Pro Black
  • Arnhem Pro Black Italic
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