I'm trying to find a certain style of font but I'm not sure what to search for.

It's the same font as in the Vox News logo.

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Also something like the Harriet Display family.

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This font belongs to a roman family called Transition Romans or Transitional Romans. The name comes from the transition in time and shape between the ancient and modern romans. All romans types has common points, the difference between them is how they are made.

Old Roman

16th Century

  • Stroke Modulation
  • Triangular serif
  • Rounded bracket
  • The central axis of the curved strokes is inclined (see the o inner contour)
  • They keep many elements made manually

Jenson font

Transitional Roman

17th Century

  • More accented stroke modulation
  • Triangular serif
  • Rounded bracket
  • The central axis of the curved strokes is 90º
  • They are built inside an orthogonal grid, less elements made manually


Modern Roman

18th Century

  • Extreme stroke modulation
  • Lineal serif
  • Orthogonal bracket
  • The central axis of the curved strokes is 90º
  • Entirely built in an orthogonal grid, no manual elements


  • Certainly this has a bit of a 'Transitional' feel to it because of the not-completely-horizontal serifs. But spiritually this is really a nineteenth-century "fat face" typeface. Bold type did not exist in the eighteenth century.
    – Copilot
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 4:08

The Vox logo is an example of a "fat face" typeface–an ultra-bold Didone typeface, a style that was popular from the early nineteenth century. (Bold type didn't exist in the eighteenth century.) The huge ball terminals on the 'x' are very nineteenth century too. Something like Sybarite or Stilla would be what you want, but contact me if you know you want something else. The key is that this font is not just bold but ultra-bold: it's bolder than a font simply designed as a bold complement to a body text font would be. (Obviously the connection between characters is custom–this is a customised italic font, not a script typeface.)


I found Playfair Display's Bold Italics to be eerily similar to Vox's brand font. Note:

  • Capital V follows the same pattern of thick and thin lines.
  • Small o is slanted at a similar angle. Although the original is thicker.
  • Capital X has the end-circles. With similar thick and thin lines.

I'm aware it's not the same. A great inspiration, nonetheless.

Letters V-O-X in Playfair Display's Bold Italics font

Disclaimer: I'm not a Typography expert.

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