Brim Narrow

Brim is inspired by antique woodtype and chromatic type from the 1800s. Its various styles stack together creating a variety of decorative combinations. Each style can be assigned its own colour, resulting in a rich assortment of eye-catching combinations. 

The font began as a handful of letters created for a logotype. It became clear that it would make an excellent display typeface, so it was expanded to include all uppercase letters, numbers, European accents and more.

Character Set and Layers

Brim Narrow includes 208 characters across eight layered styles.

Brim Narrow Character Set, Typeface Specimen by Jamie Clarke Type

Warm and tactile, Brim produces punchy headlines and decorative titles. Perfect for posters, packaging and logotypes. The name Brim accurately describes the expanded outer edge designed to produce its distinctive outlines. This overlapping structure couldn’t function correctly in wood or metal type; however for digital typography this system produces a more efficient solution for colour type, both in design and smaller file size, important for web typography.

Many thanks to Dave Foster, Toshi Omagari, & Terrance Weinzierl, who generously gave their time to guide the design of this typeface.


For a flattened version, see Brim Combined

Brim Narrow Using Layers, Typeface Specimen by Jamie Clarke Type

A simple guide to using layered type

Set your type with one of Brim Narrow's layers. Duplice this layer and the change the font style and colour. Repeat for as many layers as you require. Keep the Extrudes and Outline styles below the Face layer and Line styles above it. 

Brim Narrow In Use

Brim Narrow / APWOT Magazine | Typeface by Jamie Clarke Type
Brim Narrow / APWOT Magazine
Credit: Caspian Whistler
Brim Narrow / Histories of Nations | Typeface by Jamie Clarke Type
Brim Narrow / Histories of Nations
Credit: Thames & Hudson
Brim Narrow Font / The Sky of Lima | erik spiekermann | Jamie Clarke Type
Brim Narrow / The Sky of Lima
Credit: Erik Spiekermann

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