We wanted a condensed didone for a side project but couldn’t find one that felt right, so we made our own. The result is something crisp and curvy with two variable axes: weight and optical size.

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Imbue is our first typeface to include a variable optical size. Can you use the intended “text” (super legible at small sizes) style with huge text? Absolutely, we just did that above☝️. Can you use the super fine “display” style with tiny text? Yeah why not.

And sure, this thing is dripping with class and has some standard ligatures that might make you oooh and aaaah, but Imbue is anything but subtle. Even the thinnest weight with hairline serifs has attitude. You can play around with it on our homepage or below and find your favorite styles.

We’ve packaged three different optical sizes in static styles (OTF/TTF) across the eight weights (so 24 styles total). But, you can tweak the amounts to be exactly what you want with the variable versions (TTF for desktop, woff2 for web). Conveniently, the optical sizes retain their respective widths. So if you need to swap out Heavy Display with Heavy Text, your layout is safe. Basically we’re dying to see what you make with this unique flexible face.


comparing ETC Imbue styles
  • Display
  • Normal
  • Text
all glyphs contained in ETC Imbue

Additional information

Weight 5 oz

Solo, Bulk, Group

All commercial licenses share our simple, straightforward, standard EULA. Email if you require something different.

What You Get

  • 24 individual fonts (in OTF and TTF formats) shown above
  • WOFF2 webfont files for each style
  • @font-face code for the variable webfont
  • A beta variable TTF file that contains all of the same styles with the ability to customize styles in limited software. If you're here for the variable font please read this post about support (and lack of).
  • License to make awesome stuff
  • The super official ETC hat!
Language Support: Afrikaans, Basque, Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, Zulu

Need to test this first? A trial version of this font is available.