Niko is a contemporary, humanist sans with a friendly yet clear and distinct personality. It is designed for excellent legibility, particularly for long continuous reading. The wedge-shaped stem heads add liveliness and variety to the carefully crafted letterforms. Niko, a highly versatile type family consisting of 54 styles that are designed to work equally well on paper and on screen. The family includes condensed, as well as extra-condensed variations, for situations where space-saving typography is required.

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Niko began as a typeface for a daily newspaper. This is particularly challenging, as the paper and printing conditions are not very good. The columns are narrow and are packed with information. The text is not uniform but appears in many different hierarchies – from headlines to subheadings, main body text, and captions. This allows the reader to navigate a page and make informed decisions on what to read. Apart from these practical requirements, a newspaper typeface needs to be reliable and friendly yet distinct and precise. And finally, it must achieve the highest standard of legibility.

Niko has a relatively large x-height and open letter forms which emphasize the sense of horizontality, leading readers’ eyes along the line. Interesting are the wedge-shaped stem heads which add liveliness and variety to the carefully crafted letter forms. Niko is a friendly but also clear and crisp typeface. It is very legible in small sizes and well-suited for continuous reading.

Niko’s humanistic design makes for a very comfortable reading. Notably the true italic includes subtle calligraphic elements which lend a fresh and lively appearance to the typeface. On the screen, Niko brings warmth and humanity to an otherwise cold medium.

The 54 available styles, including condensed and extra condensed styles, offer tremendous typographic flexibility. This makes Niko a versatile typeface which can be used for a wide range of typographic content including editorials, brochures, webpages, packaging, and corporate design.

Niko Medium is only slightly bolder than Niko Regular, to give the possibility to choose between two text weights.

Niko was originally commissioned by the German daily newspaper “Weser Kurier”, where it is used down to the size of 6.5pt.

Open-Type Features

Niko 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. Guillemets, dashes, hyphens and other punctuation marks are replaced with their capital forms.

Small Caps

In Adobe applications there are two methods of applying small capitals. The first one replaces only lower case letters with small caps.

All Small Caps

The second method also replaces capital letters and some punctuation marks with lowered small caps variations.

Contextual Alternates

This features replaces the regular ‘f’ with a narrower version to avoid collisions with following characters.


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

Oldstyle Figures

Niko fonts contain various styles of numerals within each font. Proportional Lining Figures come standard. The Proportional Oldstyle Figures feature changes standard figures to Oldstyle Figures with ascenders and descenders.

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. This feature also replaces comma and period with corresponding glyphs set on uniform widths in all weights.

Slashed zero

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

Arbitrary Fractions

All 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.

Discretionary Ligatures

The discretionary ligature feature creates real arrows when you type the combination -> (right arrow), <- (left arrow), -^ (up arrow) or ^- (down arrow), -^> (up right arrow), <^- (up left arrow), -^< (down right arrow) >^- (down left arrow). By typing multiple hyphen you can extend the horizontal arrows (for instance --> or <--). Discretionary ligatures are off by default in Adobe applications.