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 Desktop Font

Piston | Starting at $39

Opentype (.otf) format for Desktop


Piston | Starting at $39

Includes webfont formats: .woff2, woff, .eot, plus .css

 Desktop+Web Combo

Piston | Starting at $69

This specially priced package includes both desktop & webfonts

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Font Formats
Desktop Font: OpenType (.otf)
Webfonts: (.woff2, .woff, .eot & .css)

OpenType Features
Extended LatinExtended Latin
OrnamentsOrnaments (Border Elements)
Discretionary LigaturesDis­cretion­ary Liga­tures
Scientific InferiorsScientific Inferiors
Stylistic AlternatesStylistic Alternates & Sets
Superiors & OrdinalsSuperior Letters & Ordinals


Victorian revivals and inspirations often seize on the peri­od’s tendency toward florid decoration. However, the times were also the final surge of the industrial revolution, a time that witnessed the ultimate development in steam, die­sel and oil: engines of all kinds. Piston cap­tures the nitty-gritty of a hard-boned indomitable age, bound­less in its faith in the technologies of iron and steel, tempered by half-remembered neo-classical details such as the verticality of neo-gothic windows, and finely detailed fin­ials. It’s all here in the brute strength of the verticals, the blackness of the tight setting, the contrasting delicacy of the terminal serifs.

Steven Skaggs designed Piston as a typeface to be tinkered with. Convert it to outlines, pull the verticals and horizontals, pack it tight, and a headline becomes a logo­type. Piston can pump like a line of pistons, turn like turbine, or use it with discretion as a drop cap with a

contrasting neoclassical like Century and you get an im­medi­ate boost of horsepower. Anyway you drive it, En­gine Nine produces a riveting experience for the viewer.

Use Piston big. Convert it to outlines and custom­ize it to your liking by pulling out horizontal or vertical strokes. Pack in some horizontal bars where it makes sense. This typeface is a natural for use in logos, movie posters, magazines, book covers, toy packag­ing, automobiles, tools, cookware, and much more.

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