Type Inspired Glasses for Font Nerds

Stacey Kole By Stacey Kole  |  Jan. 31, 2014

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.