Brenta is a crisp and distinct typeface, its name referring to a range of mountains in northern Italy. Like its namesake, Brenta is characterized by sharp-edged and sturdy forms, but also by its clarity and elegance. Strong serifs, flat and bold shoulders and open terminals pronounce the horizontal and help to guide the eye along the line. Very fine junctures keep the characters sharply defined and create dynamic light traps.

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Design Concept

Brenta began as an experiment with the letter ‘n’, where the bottom line of the top serif and the shoulder had to line up exactly. All other forms evolved from this base requirement: the shoulders became comparatively strong and the terminals had to reflect these bold and flat forms. The junctures of the shoulders and stems became very fine, while the serifs became bold. The result is a typeface with a lively contrast of very fine and bold components, which makes it crisp and pointed, but also graceful.
The pronounced and open forms of serifs, shoulders and terminals strengthen two important zones of a typeface: the base line and the x-height. This emphasis form a pleasant counter movement to the vertical stems and help to guide the eye along the line. Open forms also permit more interaction between the letters. All these elements help to create even lines that make reading easy and comfortable.
Brenta contains alternative ‘stencil’ characters with disconnected drops in all styles and weights. These special characters are accessable via the OpenType feature or the glyph palette.

Open-Type Features

Brenta desktop fonts and web fonts contain various OpenType features, which provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software.

Case Sensitive Forms

When the ‘Change to caps’ function is applied from within an application (not when text is typed in caps), appropriate case-sensitive forms are automatically applied. Parentheses, guillemets, dashes, hyphens and other punctuation marks are replaced with their capital forms. In italics an alternative ‘Q’ with a longer tail is also applied.

All Small Caps

This feature turns capital characters into Small Capitals. It also replaces numerals and punctuation with small caps variants. Only the Brenta Small Caps fonts contain this feature.


Ligatures are designed to improve the kerning and readability of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.


This feature replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms.

Contextual Alternates

This feature replaces certain characters with their corresponding alternatives to avoid collisions with neighbouring characters. There is a narrower ‘f’ for problematic following characters. A narrower ‘j’ for preceding descenders. The italics also include an alternative ‘f’ without a descender. Special cases are where the character pairs f with b, h, k or l. Here the ‘f’ is replaced with its narrower form and the characters with ascenders are replaced with an alternative form without a top serif. Note: If the ligature feature is on, the ligature has priority.

»Stencil« Alternates

All Brenta fonts contain alternative characters with disconnected drops. These special characters are accessible via the OpenType feature Stylistic Set 01 or Stylistic Alternates. The following alternative characters are available: C, G, J, Q (only italics), S, a, c, f, g, j, r, s, y, ß, 3, 5, ?.

Tabular Figures

Tabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as an OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. Brenta fonts include Oldstyle and Lining Tabular figures.

Slashed zero

To avoid confusion between a zero and the ‘o’ character, a slashed zero glyph is also available.

Arbitrary Fractions

Brenta fonts already include a number of pre-designed diagonal fractions. The fraction feature allows you to create other fractions quickly and easily.

Superscript / superiors

Replaces all figures with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc.

Subscript / inferiors

Replaces all figures with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation.