Europa is a modern sans serif typeface combining geometric reduction and humanistic vitality. Despite the distinct geometrical touch and characterful roughness, it can be used for both text and headline purposes, due to optical modulation rather than metrical construction. Its name refers to the inspirational origins and main influences, two popular European typefaces: the geometrical sans serif Futura and the humanistic sans serif Gill Sans.
General proportions provide optimised legibility and reading fluency in small sizes. Modern capital letter widths give a balanced overall impression and the x-height oftwo-thirds of the capital height leads to economical tracking not neglecting legibility. Slightly narrowed letters (e.g. oval O/o) create visual harmony and good contrast in body text. Articulate ascenders, diagonally cut up-/downstroke endings and pointed angles at the baseline diagonals create distinct dynamics. Fractured stem-curve intersections provide a more open print image in small size (using less black ink).