The Wolpe Collection

Set in Albertus® Nova

The Story

Albertus Nova is part of The Wolpe Collection of typefaces, and takes the best of the original Albertus design and expands the original character set with multiple weights, a set of small capitals and a number of alternate and original characters. The Wolpe Collection celebrates Berthold Wolpe’s outstanding body of work, and includes five iconic typefaces, digitized and updated by Toshi Omagari of the Monotype Studio. In 1932, Monotype commissioned Berthold Wolpe to create the Albertus typeface. After World War II the City of London adopted Albertus as the font for all their street signs. Since then Albertus has been used on Sainsbury’s packaging, in cult-classic TV series, The Prisoner, on album covers of New Order, Coldplay, The Smiths and The Beach Boys, and on the crest of Liverpool FC. In the Albertus Nova typeface, Toshi Omagari has revived a number of alternate capital letters created by Berthold Wolpe that have been unavailable in the existing digital version. This includes the uppercase M, W, J, E, R and Q. He designed five weights - light, thin, regular, bold and black- as well as Greek and Cyrillic characters. His main focus, though, has been on righting the wrongs, as he sees them, of the digitally available lowercase version of the Albertus typeface. The crude internal angles and planed-off curves of some lowercase characters, Toshi discovered, were introduced to compact Wolpe’s letterforms for metal typesetting and these decisions were carried into the existing digital format. Toshi has designed the Albertus Nova typeface for modern applications.

The Typeface

Albertus Nova - Latin

Latin - Lowercase

  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
  • i
  • j
  • k
  • l
  • m
  • n
  • o
  • p
  • q
  • r
  • s
  • t
  • u
  • v
  • w
  • x
  • y
  • z

Latin - Lowercase Ligatures

  • æ
  • œ

Latin - Uppercase

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G
  • H
  • I
  • J
  • K
  • L
  • M
  • N
  • O
  • P
  • Q
  • R
  • S
  • T
  • U
  • V
  • W
  • X
  • Y
  • Z

Latin - Uppercase Ligatures

  • Æ
  • Œ

Latin - Ordinal Indicators

  • ª
  • º

Latin - Spacing Modifier Letters

  • ʼ
  • ˆ
  • ˇ
  • ˉ
  • ˘
  • ˙
  • ˚
  • ˛
  • ˜
  • ˝

Latin - Combining Marks

  • ̀
  • ́
  • ̂
  • ̃
  • ̄
  • ̆
  • ̇
  • ̈
  • ̊
  • ̋
  • ̌
  • ̒
  • ̓
  • ̦
  • ̧
  • ̨
  • ̷
  • ̸

Latin - Quotation Marks

  • «
  • »
  • "

Latin - Brackets

  • (
  • )
  • [
  • ]
  • {
  • }

Latin - Dashes

  • -

Latin - Connectors

  • _

Latin - Other

  • !
  • "
  • #
  • %
  • &
  • '
  • *
  • ,
  • .
  • /
  • :
  • ;
  • ?
  • \@
  • \
  • ¡
  • §
  • ·
  • ¿
  • ;
  • ·

Albertus Nova - Extended Latin

Extended Latin - Lowercase

  • ß
  • à
  • á
  • â
  • ã
  • ä
  • å
  • æ
  • ç
  • è
  • é
  • ê
  • ë
  • ì
  • í
  • î
  • ï
  • ð
  • ñ
  • ò
  • ó
  • ô
  • õ
  • ö
  • ø
  • ù
  • ú
  • û
  • ü
  • ý
  • þ
  • ÿ
  • ā
  • ă
  • ą
  • ć
  • ĉ
  • ċ
  • č
  • ď
  • đ
  • ē
  • ĕ
  • ė
  • ę
  • ě
  • ĝ
  • ğ
  • ġ
  • ģ
  • ĥ
  • ħ
  • ĩ
  • ī
  • ĭ
  • į
  • ı
  • ij
  • ĵ
  • ķ
  • ĸ
  • ĺ
  • ļ
  • ľ
  • ŀ
  • ł
  • ń
  • ņ
  • ň
  • ʼn
  • ŋ
  • ō
  • ŏ
  • ő
  • œ
  • ŕ
  • ŗ
  • ř
  • ś
  • ŝ
  • ş
  • š
  • ţ
  • ť
  • ŧ
  • ũ
  • ū
  • ŭ
  • ů
  • ű
  • ų
  • ŵ
  • ŷ
  • ź
  • ż
  • ž
  • ſ
  • ƒ
  • ǻ
  • ǽ
  • ǿ
  • ș
  • ț
  • ȷ

Extended Latin - Uppercase

  • À
  • Á
  • Â
  • Ã
  • Ä
  • Å
  • Æ
  • Ç
  • È
  • É
  • Ê
  • Ë
  • Ì
  • Í
  • Î
  • Ï
  • Ð
  • Ñ
  • Ò
  • Ó
  • Ô
  • Õ
  • Ö
  • Ø
  • Ù
  • Ú
  • Û
  • Ü
  • Ý
  • Þ
  • Ā
  • Ă
  • Ą
  • Ć
  • Ĉ
  • Ċ
  • Č
  • Ď
  • Đ
  • Ē
  • Ĕ
  • Ė
  • Ę
  • Ě
  • Ĝ
  • Ğ
  • Ġ
  • Ģ
  • Ĥ
  • Ħ
  • Ĩ
  • Ī
  • Ĭ
  • Į
  • İ
  • IJ
  • Ĵ
  • Ķ
  • Ĺ
  • Ļ
  • Ľ
  • Ŀ
  • Ł
  • Ń
  • Ņ
  • Ň
  • Ŋ
  • Ō
  • Ŏ
  • Ő
  • Œ
  • Ŕ
  • Ŗ
  • Ř
  • Ś
  • Ŝ
  • Ş
  • Š
  • Ţ
  • Ť
  • Ŧ
  • Ũ
  • Ū
  • Ŭ
  • Ů
  • Ű
  • Ų
  • Ŵ
  • Ŷ
  • Ÿ
  • Ź
  • Ż
  • Ž
  • Ə
  • Ǻ
  • Ǽ
  • Ǿ
  • Ș
  • Ț

Albertus Nova - Greek and Coptic

  • ʹ
  • ͵
  • ;
  • ΄
  • ΅
  • Ά
  • ·
  • Έ
  • Ή
  • Ί
  • Ό
  • Ύ
  • Ώ
  • ΐ
  • Α
  • Β
  • Γ
  • Δ
  • Ε
  • Ζ
  • Η
  • Θ
  • Ι
  • Κ
  • Λ
  • Μ
  • Ν
  • Ξ
  • Ο
  • Π
  • Ρ
  • Σ
  • Τ
  • Υ
  • Φ
  • Χ
  • Ψ
  • Ω
  • Ϊ
  • Ϋ
  • ά
  • έ
  • ή
  • ί
  • ΰ
  • α
  • β
  • γ
  • δ
  • ε
  • ζ
  • η
  • θ
  • ι
  • κ
  • λ
  • μ
  • ν
  • ξ
  • ο
  • π
  • ρ
  • ς
  • σ
  • τ
  • υ
  • φ
  • χ
  • ψ
  • ω
  • ϊ
  • ϋ
  • ό
  • ύ
  • ώ

Albertus Nova - Cyrillic

  • Ѐ
  • Ё
  • Ђ
  • Ѓ
  • Є
  • Ѕ
  • І
  • Ї
  • Ј
  • Љ
  • Њ
  • Ћ
  • Ќ
  • Ѝ
  • Ў
  • Џ
  • А
  • Б
  • В
  • Г
  • Д
  • Е
  • Ж
  • З
  • И
  • Й
  • К
  • Л
  • М
  • Н
  • О
  • П
  • Р
  • С
  • Т
  • У
  • Ф
  • Х
  • Ц
  • Ч
  • Ш
  • Щ
  • Ъ
  • Ы
  • Ь
  • Э
  • Ю
  • Я
  • а
  • б
  • в
  • г
  • д
  • е
  • ж
  • з
  • и
  • й
  • к
  • л
  • м
  • н
  • о
  • п
  • р
  • с
  • т
  • у
  • ф
  • х
  • ц
  • ч
  • ш
  • щ
  • ъ
  • ы
  • ь
  • э
  • ю
  • я
  • ѐ
  • ё
  • ђ
  • ѓ
  • є
  • ѕ
  • і
  • ї
  • ј
  • љ
  • њ
  • ћ
  • ќ
  • ѝ
  • ў
  • џ
  • Ґ
  • ґ
  • Ғ
  • ғ
  • Җ
  • җ
  • Қ
  • қ
  • Ҝ
  • ҝ
  • Ң
  • ң
  • Ү
  • ү
  • Ҳ
  • ҳ
  • Ҹ
  • ҹ
  • Һ
  • һ
  • Ӏ
  • ӏ
  • Ә
  • ә
  • Ө
  • ө

Albertus Nova - Math & Numbers, Symbols, and More

Math & Numbers, Symbols, and More - Numerals

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • ¼
  • ½
  • ¾

Math & Numbers, Symbols, and More - Superscripts and Subscripts

  • ¹
  • ²
  • ³

Math & Numbers, Symbols, and More - Currency

  • $
  • ¢
  • £
  • ¤
  • ¥
  • ƒ

Math & Numbers, Symbols, and More - Mathematical

  • +
  • <
  • =
  • >
  • |
  • ~
  • ¬
  • ±
  • ×
  • ÷

Math & Numbers, Symbols, and More - Modifier

  • ^
  • `
  • ¨
  • ¯
  • ´
  • ¸
  • ˘
  • ˙
  • ˚
  • ˛
  • ˜
  • ˝
  • ͵
  • ΄
  • ΅

Math & Numbers, Symbols, and More - Other

  • ¦
  • ©
  • ®
  • °

The Designers

Berthold Wolpe

Berthold Wolpe

Berthold Wolpe helped shape graphic design in post-war Europe. His book jackets, with their intense colour and vivacious typography, were way ahead of their time, and his Albertus® typeface continues to be widely admired and used by designers today.

He escaped Nazi persecution in Germany in 1935, moving to London where he created the Albertus, Sachsenwald™ and Pegasus™ typefaces for Monotype, and in 1941 joined Faber & Faber, where he designed more than 1,500 book covers over the course of three decades.

Wolpe went on to teach at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art, as well as designing a masthead for The Times in 1966. Warm, animated, scholarly and intensely curious, Wolpe was held in esteem and affection by colleagues and collaborators. He was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1959, awarded the OBE in 1983 and died in 1989.

Toshi Omagari

Toshi Omagari

Toshi Omagari joined Monotype in 2012, after studying typography at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and completing an MA in typeface design at the University of Reading. With a keen interest in font development, Omagari has worked on several major type projects for Monotype including resurrecting a ‘lost’ typeface to create Neue Haas Unica™ and updating the hand of WA Dwiggins to create Metro® Nova. He’s also designed a fashion-led branding typeface for H&M, and created a font for Sir Quentin Blake that borrowed on the illustrator’s own idiosyncratic handwriting.


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