Eras

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Eras.

Eras, also known as ITC Eras, is a sans-serif typeface designed by Albert Boton and Albert Hollenstein and published by the International Typeface Corporation (ITC) in 1976. The typeface is quite unique because, even when not italicized, each of the glyphs has a 3° tilt. The typeface also has several different weights, more than is expected for a typeface, so it is useful when text needs a bold impact.

Capcom used Eras in their NES manuals from 1986 to around 1990, and Konami used it in the majority of their NES and Game Boy manuals. This is where I first saw Eras, but didn't care enough about typefaces at the time to appreciate it. Years later, when I bought a copy of CorelDRAW and Eras was included, I began to use the font frequently. The typeface has a very strong look to it which comes from the minor slant of the characters, the usual bold thickness, the sharp edges, the slight expansion at the foot of the letters, and the open bowls on certain gylphs like the a, 9, and R. I really liked the look of the typeface and have used it in various graphic projects, including my web site's watermark.

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