Massif: Steve Matteson's Newest Typeface Released

Our new Massif™ typeface family is a fresh sans serif design that's great for both text and headline sizes. The typeface was designed by Steve Matteson in 2004 and then expanded into a complete family this year.

Massif fonts by Steve Matteson - inspired by Half Dome

Massif Pro was inspired by the dramatic granite formations found in the Sierra Nevada mountains, particularly Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Faults and fissures which define a massif formation are integral to this typeface design to impart a rich texture on text settings and to capture a unique sparkle in headlines.


Sketches by Steve Matteson: Half Dome from the early 1990s and early drawings of the typeface.

Massif’s letterforms contain both angular tension and smooth curvature, reminiscent of the rugged terrain formed through eons of glacial and tectonic activity. The Massif Pro typeface family features a versatile range of weights including light, semi light, regular, semibold, bold and extra bold. Matching italics for each weight are also included. 

Massif typeface sample

Massif Pro is available in both TrueType® and OpenType® font formats. OpenType advanced typographic features include small capitals and old style figures. Also included is a small set of decorative ornaments.

 We hope you will find Massif Pro to be a valuable typeface family to add to your typographic repertoire. 



About the type designer:
Steve Matteson is the creative type director at Monotype Imaging. A 1987 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Steve has an extensive background in typography, design, printing and history. His type design work may be found in user interface designs such as the Windows® 7 operating system, Xbox 360® game console and devices using Google’s Android™ mobile platform. He has designed custom typefaces for many clients including Fifth Third Bank, Alcon Labs, Hilton brands, Nextel and the Cleveland Indians. Steve’s commercial typeface portfolio is extensive, ranging from classic text faces and decorative display types to original designs and inspiring historic revivals.

14th Annual TDC Type Design Competition

The Type Directors Club has announced their 14th Annual Type Design Competition. This year Steve Matteson, Ascender's Type Director, will be participating as part of the esteemed jury that includes James Montalbano, Jos Buivenga, Jessica Hische and Charles Nix. The early bird deadline is Dec 17, 2010. For more info visit .

"Designer's Toolbox" Articles

Ascender's Type Director, Steve Matteson, has authored a series of articles exploring various aspects of type and typography. The "Designer's Toolbox" articles explore a topics ranging from OpenType features and Sans Serif fonts to the many uses of the wonderful Ampersand.

We hope you find these articles inspiring! View Designer's Toolbox