Font of the Week: Heinemann


Developed by the in-house design team at Heinemann Educational Publishing, the Heinemann fonts came out of the necessity to find the perfect font for use in early primary reading books and literacy products. The creators of the typeface worked with children, literacy advisers, teachers of special needs/dyslexia, and primary-school teachers in order to develop a font that would make reading easier, faster and more enjoyable for early readers.

The typeface is characterized by longer ascenders and descenders, which help children to distinguish between letters; rounded edges on all letterforms, which help the reader focus on the individual letter shape; and modified characters (eg., a and g), which ensure instant recognition of letterforms. The typeface even includes “further modified characters and kerning pairs ideal for dyslexic or special-needs use (eg., a, d, and b)”.

The typeface has been around for some eight years, and in that time has been used by countless educators and designers. They feature a clean, modern aesthetic and exceptional legibility that extend the typeface’s use well beyond the classroom. Download it here.




Category: Typography