The TFL fonts — designed by Matthew Butterick
Equity Concourse Triplicate Advocate
Equity, seen in a letterpress version of the Mozilla Public License.

When I started the Typog­ra­phy for Lawyers project, I was askedMB, you’ve designed fonts before. Will you ever design one for law­yers?”

Of course not, I thought. Lawyers hadn’t even scratched the sur­face of the many excel­lent pro­fes­sional fonts already avail­able.

But over time, law­yers kept nudg­ing me—it would be great if a font could do such-and-such …” After all, many of today’s fonts—includ­ing Times New Roman —were invented to suit the needs of ear­lier pub­lish­ers. Why not law­yers?

Like most type design­ers, I found it impos­si­ble to resist an invi­ta­tion to explore a new realm of typo­graphic geek­ery. But I’m also happy to share the results with you: the TFL Fonts, a set of four font fam­i­lies inspired by the needs of legal writ­ers.

The sec­ond edi­tion of Typog­ra­phy for Lawyers uses all four: Equity for body text, Concourse for cap­tions and instruc­tions, Triplicate for type­writer-style sam­ples, and Advocate for head­lines and the front cover. (Of course, you’re also read­ing them right now.)

Will these fonts com­ply with my local court rules?” I can’t offer legal advice. But I can say that thou­sands of law­yers have been using the TFL Fonts with­out inci­dent. In fact, they reg­u­larly tell me that judges, clients, and even oppos­ing coun­sel notice & admire the appear­ance of their doc­u­ments.

Oppos­ing coun­sel? So I’m told. Your mileage may vary, how­ever.