MUSEO goes lowercase


Because of the many requests for a lowercase of MUSEO I decided to have another go at it. I started with the heaviest (900) weight to see if I could make it work. I think it looks beautiful … so MUSEO will get it’s lowercase. The only drawback is that it’s gonna take me longer to finish it.


(previously on MUSEO …)


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45 responses to “MUSEO goes lowercase

  1. Wonderful! Is there *anything* we can do to make it happen earlier? 😉

  2. Thanks for the offer 🙂 I wish you could, but I promise to make as much haste as I can without making compromises.

  3. It’s a beauty already, mate! Already see it as h3 sIFR on my new project with text-transform: lowercase 🙂

  4. hi. how to get/purchase/download this font? looks very nice.

  5. Thanks. When MUSEO is finished it will be released on

    Three weights will be free and two (the lightest and heaviest weight) will be payed. The payed weights will cost about $10 to $15 each.

    @ Manuel: That would be nice 🙂

  6. Jos, that “three for free and two for pay” is an interesting idea. I like that.

  7. Lowercase is good. I’m the kind of person who is more likely to use all lower than all upper. Uppers are harder to read.

    I like the c and the e, by which I mean that I had to think about them and decided I liked them. Most of other letters look great. The exception, g, looks just a little like it will tip to the left; lengthening the descender seems to me to balance it out: which I think I like better, though I’m not certain.

  8. Hi Barry, thanks for commenting! I’ll certainly take your g thoughts in consideration … interesting. I’ve posted a new image with al the LC’s.

    Manuel, I’ll hope I can offer this ‘construction’ more often with the new fonts that I’m planning. Glad you like it.

  9. The heaviest weight probably will be the best, I think. I look forward to seeing Museo on the Starlets page. 🙂

  10. Wow … Starlets … that’s a lot of confidence 🙂 That would be truly great. I myself grew rather attached to the 100 weight. The thing that started it all. But I do like 900. Both are my ‘working weights’. The other three will derive from these parents.

  11. will it contain Central European Latin-based diacritics?

  12. Yes. It will support the same languages as (the new) Diavlo.

  13. David

    “Jos, that “three for free and two for pay” is an interesting idea. I like that.”

    I concur. That’s a great idea.

  14. David Cunniffe

    Great. I am delighted you are releasing Museo in lower case. I will definitely be buying that. Great work. Without wanting to seem too impatient, when exactly will all the weights be available for download? Thanks

  15. Hi David, Thanks. There’s still a lot to be done. I’ve completed the first draft of the lowercase (both 100 and 900). Some other characters need to be adjusted to work also with lowercase. Then there’s spacing and kerning that still need to be done. Given the fact that it’s really busy at (my regular) work and also at home I can’t tell when exactly MUSEO will be ready, but I can promise that I spend every free moment now on finishing it as soon as possible.

  16. David Cunniffe

    Thanks. Just wondering that’s all. I wouldn’t like you to be feeling under too much pressure. But if Museo wasn’t so damn nice I wouldn’t be bugging you. I look forward to the finished versions. Keep up the good work.

  17. Hi,
    really fresh! And quiet different.
    Please end it as soon as you can.
    We’ll stand for it to aply in a future design. Sure!!

  18. Man, you really can feel typography. You are an artist! I admire your work.

  19. I’m really pleased that you all like it all this much. Working on MUSEO with all this positive feedback doesn’t feel like a pressure. Just wish I had more time 🙂

  20. exljbris- Can ask what software you are using to create these fonts? I am just curious because I am interested in creating my own.

  21. Roel Tiemessen

    Wauw, I like! Can’t wait to play around with this one.

    cya mate

  22. Ale

    Man, I just wanted to thank you so much for supplying these great quality fonts for free. They are all beautiful and some like Diavlo are really becoming famous 🙂

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  23. exljbris

    @ thepixelpusher: I use FontLab but that might be too expensive. You can also take a look (google) at FontForge (free) or TypeTool (FontLab’s little brother wich will cost you $99).

    @ Roel: Nice of you to drop by 🙂 cya soon!

    @ Ale: You’re very welcome. The new Diavlo has already been dowloaded more than 20.000 times, so it must be showing up somewhere 🙂

    @ P.J.: Thx!

  24. leanne

    well I think it is fabulous and wish it was finished now it would be perfect for the project I am currently doing – I’ll just have to make do with one of your other great fonts! cheers

  25. Totally dig it. Looking forward to making that purchase!

  26. Jos,
    Museo is indeed GREAT to work with.
    Are the figures still the same as the ones I used?
    I feel the 8 could be improved a bit to make it fit more with the rest.
    There’s a certain “curve” also at the serifs that could be used with the 8 as well.

  27. exljbris

    @ leanne: Thanks. I also wish it was finished 🙂

    @ Stormwater: Thanks for the confidence. Just keep an eye on this blog.

    @ Arjen: Everything gets into place right now. I’ve rounded up the quest for the definitive character shapes and most of the glyphs had minor or major changes (also the numerals). I’ve abanoned the angled slab serif on all characters. But I’ll still have to consider some tweaking because of the influence of spacing and kerning. I’ll post some new images soon. Thx!

  28. Stumbled on the site, wonderful font. can’t wait to see it.

  29. Added a new (large) image. Almost there … 🙂

  30. I would say, MUSEO is a masterpiece, seriously!
    Im amazed of it.

    Congratulations for your incredible work done.

    wanna ask if you’re planning a cyrillic glyphs for museo (yes, i know its a veeery slow process:-)

    good luck to you.

  31. Thanks Vasil. I have no plans for a cyrillic version (still struggeling with Anivers cyrillic), but for MUSEO I’ve increased language support.

    The following languages will be supported: Afrikaans, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Gaelic (old orthography), German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Italian, Irish, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Sami, Serbian (Latin), Sorbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh and also Esperanto.

  32. lynne

    i’m no font designer, just a collector, but this typeface adds to some of the most beautiful typefaces i’ve seen out there, which are all from your collection! this is just beautiful, really.

  33. Thank you Lynne. Almost there … 🙂

  34. Worth the wait (and the price!). Thankyou for such beautiful work.

  35. This is the first thing I noticed when I saw on Smashing that it had been released… Then I thought, “So how did Jos deal with the versal-eszett?” So now I have to dig back through your posts and comments to find that! 🙂 But the lowercase is as beautiful as the caps. Simply beautiful.

    So you love the capital U? I love a capital J with a very long (and perhaps wide) descender. I also like lowercase f in an italic that is like the “f with hook” (ƒ or ⌘F on Mac).

  36. Ah the eszett thing … 🙂 Glad you like it.

    I had to declare my love for ‘U’ because that glyph lead me to the creation of MUSEO. I’m also fond of the italic f. Do’nt you mean florin (option-f) by “f with hook”?

  37. Yes, ⌥F. Interestingly, in the US-Extended keyboard on Mac, ⌥↑. then F (Combining hook with lowercase F) produces the same glyph, at least visibly. Which is why I say “f with hook.” In looking at the Unicode properties, though, I see the confusion — the formal name is “Latin small letter F with hook,” but the alternate names include “script f,” “function symbol,” “used as abbreviation convention for folder,” and, yes, “Florin currency symbol (Netherlands).”

  38. Great Job Typo ! I like ur style !

  39. Any plans to introduce italics in the font? Or am I missing something?

  40. PS. It is a really great font!!! Congratulations!

  41. I really love this font. I just bought it a few days ago, really good stuff. I read your interview on, Museo Sans looks very nice. I can’t wait for that. Keep up the hard work and dedication.

  42. Heey! This is awesome! :-O

  43. Thanks Chris. I’ve no plans for a Museo italic at the moment.

    @ Robert: Thanks for your support! Glad you can’t wait for Museo Sans 😉

    @ Madeo: Thx!


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