Coleface was created by the British typographer Roy Cole, completed shortly before his death in 2012. The Coleface typeface family comprises six fonts: Coleface 30, 60, 90 and the italics 33, 66, 99. In addition, Coleface Outline was drawn with the aid of the Fontographer application. As with his earlier typeface families - Lina, Zeta, Colophon - Coleface reflects Roy's aim in creating a sans serif typeface that is rhythmic, elegant and highly readable, thereby offering significant flexibility in terms of its potential uses.
Roy Cole (1932-2012) studied typographic design under the tutelage of Emil Ruder at the Gewerbeschule in Basel. It was here that typographic history was being made through the creation of a style that epitomised modernity. In the mid-1950s typographic development in Britain had largely restricted itself to slab serif typeface revivals from the nineteenth-century, along with Mistral script, whereas typographic development in Switzerland concerned itself with Akzidenz-Grotesk, a sans serif typeface from Berthold, which was complementary with asymmetric composition. This early experience made a profound impact on Roy in that the principles of order, simplicity and legibility, fused with experimentation, became a hallmark of his practise, as exemplified in the new font, Coleface.