Fonts for Doyald Young

Young Finesse

Young Finesse is a light, two-weight, announcement face with a large x-height whose characters contain only a few straight lines.

It has its roots in the cover lettering on Doyald’s book “Fonts & Logos” and it took over 15 years to complete.

The inspiration for Young Finesse comes from Hermann Zapf’s Optima, a serifless roman text face, based on Renaissance inscriptions. Young Finesse Italic has a set of elaborate swash caps that reference 16th-century writing hands.

These are first roughs for Young Finesse lowercase. Doyald explained, “I like to draw the a, n, e, and s for testing, and one or two of the diagonal forms: v, w, and y. I’ve long admired the work of Adrian Frutiger, a master of sans serifs. My letters are unique and identifiable, the bowl of the a in Univers, Frutiger, and even in his Serifa, an Egyptian style, is remarkably similar. Young Finesse references Frutiger’s concept.  How a bowl divides the x-height of the letter is critical. Type designers have different opinions on where it should be. Garamond, the great classic face, has a small bowl that departs below center, a troublesome counter that tends to fill in at small sizes. The top stem of the Frutiger a is held high, a plus, which creates a generous opening that makes it highly legible in small sizes. If the stem drops too low, the form congests. I admire the manner in which Frutiger’s bowls depart at a right angle and quickly curve downward; I tend to favor an ever-so slight arch.”

Young Finesse Roman and Italic are available for purchase at