ITC Legacy™ Sans is a grotesque sans serif font designed by Ronald Arnholm of ITC in 1992 and was based upon the Roman typeface by Nicolas Jensen, a renowned French type designer and printer of the 15th century. The font was first seen in the 1470 Eusebius.
ITC Legacy Sans
Based on a very old typeface, ITC Legacy Sans has an impressive historical background. The Roman style fonts that we are all so very familiar with these days can be attributed to the hard work of Nicolas Jensen in his role as a printer. Jensen also had an illustrious career as a type founder influencing other fonts that we commonly see such as Garamond and Aldus. The fact that his work has been developed again and again for over 500 years is testament to the quality and understanding of what makes typefaces easy to read. His style later became known as “Venetian oldstyle”.
Jensen was master of the Royal Mint in France and also owned book trading companies – his whole career involved working with words, lettering styles and typefaces. His philosophy was dissimilar to other typographers who usually sought to replicate handwritten texts. Jensen was very keen to introduce a good level of readability into his printed works so came up with typefaces that were much easier on the eyes than the norm of the day. It is for that reason that we still use those basic design principles in much of the fonts designed today.
Ronald Arnholm faced quite a challenge in producing a font based on the work of Jensen; not purely from a graphic design perspective but in retaining the spirit of the original typographer who had a strong desire to make books easier to read.
Ronald Arnholm, the designer of ITC Legacy Sans has had a long-term relationship with this very old typeface; as a Yale student studying Graphic Design, he had a type history class in which they covered the 1470 Eusebius, a work which demonstrated the design quality of Jensen’s typeface. Arnholm, impressed by this font, took to designing a modern version and spent several years perfecting it.
From start to finish there were decades of attentive work applied to the ITC Legacy font family. The family was originally named “Jensen Roman” in the Linotype library but dissatisfied, Arnholm went ahead and carried on working with the typeface with ITC, with the newly released name of ITC Legacy Sans. There was no corresponding italic version from Jensen in the original character set so Arnholm took inspiration from the typefaces of Claude Garamond, using their profile as a blueprint for his new ITC Legacy Sans Italic.
ITC Legacy Serif is available a variety of weights: Book, Medium, Bold and Ultra, with italics created for each weight except for Ultra. Small Capitals are available for the Book and Medium weights; old style figures are available in all weights of the family in Roman and italic designs.
ITC Legacy Sans Usage
Since the Jensen typeface of 1480 was originally designed under the premise that the resulting typeface would be easy to read, Arnholm carried this requirement forward into his ITC Legacy Sans design. This feature of ITC Legacy Sans makes it suitable for print that younger readers can understand easily. In addition this elegant font can be used in marketing material, books and instruction manuals.
Unique to Font Family
Jensen‘s Roman typeface was considered the origin for the Roman typefaces we see today and are characterized among other features by the sloped crossbar on the letter “e”. This feature is known as “Venetian Oldstyle” presumably because Jensen spent quite a large part of his career in Venice. Square versions of this font have also been created to extend this family further still. Ronald Arnholm is now a professor of Art and Graphic Design at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens. Although many have emulated his work on typefaces similar to Legacy Sans, no-one has really improved upon this design. With the added weights and styles, The ITC Legacy font family is very popular with many graphic designers, and publishers around the world.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
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Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licenses for eBooks
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses