Type inspired glasses for font nerds

Stereotypes are frequently wrong, but every legend has, as they say, a grain of truth to it. It seems that the image of the bespectacled typographer hunched over his intricate work may not be so far from the truth.

Merging the world of fashionista and font nerd, the Japanese company Type has created typeface-inspired eyewear. More than just a fashion statement, these swanky accessories embody the type they’re named after — Helvetica and Garamond. Not surprisingly, each set of specs comes in light, regular and bold versions, indicating the frame thickness.

Sure, you have to be pretty passionate about fonts to see the ultimate beauty and nuance of each pair — but when you do, the result is quite remarkable. For example, the tips of the glasses mimic the Helvetica stem and the curves of the Garamond pair are the spitting image of the typeface’s lowercase letters.


So the next time you’re in the market for a new set of eyewear, embrace your love of design — and wear it proudly on your face.


Would you wear Helvetica or Garamond? What other fonts would make good specs? Let us know in the comments.

  • http://www.jimspice.com jimspice

    What. No Comic Sans?

  • xAMOKx

    Helvetica and Garamond are everything but hippster.
    These glasses look more like hippster fonts like Museo or Bleeding Cowboys

  • http://medialoot.com/ Medialoot

    As much as I don’t want to be sucked in by the marketing hook, I totally am. I’m all over the Helvetica Light glasses!

  • Bianca Board

    Cool little article… like the idea of fonts inspired by something as hipster-tastic as those specs!

  • Mario

    Don’t see the connection sure there are some cues from the font but try are so subtle no one will be able to notice. Plus all those glases have way to thick rims. For helvetica light I would have wanted something much thinner

  • Reginald Malubane

    Where is Comic Sans? Anyway i love the Helvetica and Garamount