Yale Typefaces

The Yale typeface, called Yale—designed by School of Art faculty member Matthew Carter for use in the university’s print and digital publications—reflects Yale’s history of typographic excellence and serves as a handsome and ubiquitous element of the university’s contemporary graphic identity. Available free of charge to all members of the university community for Yale-related work only, the Yale typeface supports the work of professional designers, administrators, faculty, and students. 

In August 2014, Carter & Cone delivered a new set of Yale typeface files in OpenType format. These files improved upon the legacy PostScript Type 1 fonts that we had used for the past decade. Perhaps the primary advantage of the OpenType format is that it consolidates the Yale typeface family, which originally included nearly 30 fonts and more than 60 other related files, into just four conventionally named font files: YaleNew Roman, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic. All typographic features of the legacy Yale fonts, including old-style figures, ligatures, and Web small caps, are now folded into the four OpenType files.

YaleNew: Roman, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic

The OpenType-format YaleNew fonts include the full range of glyphs and typographic options covered by our legacy Yale Design, Admin, and small-cap fonts—and more. Note the inclusion of many new diacriticals, ligatures, Yale marks, numerals, and arrows, as well as a specially drawn manicule (adapted from an illustration in Aldus Manutius’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed in 1499).

The YaleNew fonts default to the equivalent of the legacy Yale Admin features. In other words, if you choose not to activate OpenType features, the new fonts offer conventional aligning figures, non-clashing ff, fi, and fl combinations, and the standard Q with a short tail. Alternatively, OpenType menus in MS Word and the Adobe CS applications provide access to old-style figures (both proportional and fixed width), an extensive array of ligatures, small caps, and true and “made” fractions generated from custom-drawn superior and inferior numerals. Glyph palettes in those programs permit selection of accented characters and many other less frequently used characters.

YaleNew is the official serif font for Yale websites. Please see Web for additional information.

Typeface examples:

YaleNew Roman typeface sample

YaleNew Roman

YaleNew Italic typeface sample

YaleNew Italic

YaleNew Bold Typeface sample

YaleNew Bold

YaleNew Bold Italic Typeface sample

YaleNew Bold Italic

Yale Display

Yale Display is an adaptation of the Yale typeface designed to optimize its appearance when set at large sizes. It features sharp serifs, high contrast between thick and thin strokes, tall x-height, and tight letterspacing. It is useful for web and print display of all kinds, generally in sizes greater than 24 points. Yale Display is now available for download as an OpenType font.

Yale Display typeface sample

Example of Yale Display

Yale Street

Yale Street is so named because it is designed to be legible from a distance—from the street. It was designed in 2001 by Matthew Carter for the university’s campus-wide sign system. Design, manufacture, and installation of all exterior signs must be coordinated through the Office of the University Printer. Download the Yale University Campus Signage manual (pdf) for additional information about Yale’s signage system and policies. 

The Street font is not available for download.

Yale Street typeface sample

Example of Yale Street


Mallory is an effective companion to Matthew Carter’s Yale typeface. Issued by Tobias Frère-Jones in 2015, Mallory combines qualities of American and English typographic forms to produce a distinctive and timeless face. Frère-Jones serves as senior critic at the Yale School of Art where he teaches type design. Mallory is available in eight weights, each with an italic option. Web font versions and Microplus versions for use when setting very small type or text for screen display are available. A limited license for Mallory OpenType fonts may be requested by designated Yale graphic designers and vendors for Yale projects. Mallory Web fonts may be used for official Yale websites. Please contact Maura Gianakos for further information about obtaining and using the Mallory typeface. For those who are not designated Yale graphic designers or vendors, Mallory is available for purchase from the Frere-Jones Type website

Mallory Calibrated Book typeface sample

Example of Mallory Book

Other useful typefaces for print

Although the Yale typeface should appear in some form in most publications, there will be times when other typefaces are useful. Please contact the Office of the University Printer for advice.

When a print project calls for a slab-serif or script face in addition to, or instead of, the Yale typeface, the following are recommended.

Slab serif

Serifa is the preferred slab-serif choice and is primarily used for Yale Athletics. The slab serif is a very old typographic form, reminiscent of the “athletic” lettering associated with the university since the late nineteenth century. A license for its use may be purchased from an online vendor.

Serifa typeface sample

Example of Serifa

Serifa Italic typeface sample

Example of Serifa Italic


Snell Roundhand is the preferred choice among script faces. While script is infrequently employed in Yale design work, it can be an appropriate and appealing option in some instances. This face is designed by Matthew Carter, designer of the Yale typeface. Snell Roundhand should not be set in all-caps or widely tracked. A license for its use may be purchased from an online vendor.

Snell roundhand typeface sample

Example of Snell Roundhand