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Scala® was launched in November 1989 to be used exclusively for Music Centre Vredenburg in Utrecht. Two years later it was released by FontShop to became its first serious text typeface on the FontFont label. The award-winning Scala has since become a worldwide bestseller and is considered a ‘digital classic’. In 2013 The Design Museum in London choose Scala as one of the ‘Fifty Typefaces that Changed the World’.

Scala® Sans was added in 1993. It was primarily based on Scala, which makes it a humanist sans, including its ‘real’ italic (rather than a slanted roman). Scala Sans has 10 versions, including a black, a light and two condensed versions.

Buying options

The complete Scala family is available as OpenType Pro fonts and Webfonts. Buy the fonts at MyFonts, or activate them in the Adobe Creative Cloud app.

Scala in use

The combination of serif and sans in one family turned out to be quite successful. Here you can find some great examples of Scala in use.

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The story behind Scala    Large type specimen, 2000
Scala Sans | A new typeface
   Small type specimen, 1993
5 Dutch Type Designers   FontFont type specimen, 1990
New faces | Scala
   Article by Emily King, 1999
Ellen Lupton on Scala
  ‘Writing with Scala’, 2005
Types and Characters
  Brochure by Nina Völlink, 2007
Scala Microsite   A website fully dedicated to Scala

Scala Hands is a free range of highly popular manicules or pointers. There are serif and sans serif hands, right-pointing and left-pointing, solid and outline, male and female, thumbs up and thumbs down and many more.

Scala Jewels is a set of four highly decorative typefaces, based on the bold capitals of Scala. Whereas Crystal and Pearl are modelled on classic examples, Diamond and Saphyr are original designs.

Its no-nonsense straight lining and bracketed serifs makes Scala an almost brutalist version of 16th century typefaces, while retaining its humanist character.