Stephenson and Blake fonts download

The Stephenson serif font is a modified version of a design by Sheffield company Stephenson & Blake Co. Typefounders, established in 1818. At the height of Sheffield's power as a producer of steel, Stephenson & Blake was the world´s largest manufacturer of metal type.

Sir Henry Stephenson, co-owner, was one of the University's founding fathers. In 1895, he became part of a hugely important movement that saw the wealthy and the powerful join forces with the ordinary working people of the city to create a university for the good
of everyone.

Stephenson and its sans serif companion Blake, were chosen with the assistance of the National Type Museum in London and redrawn for us by renowned type experts House Style Graphics. In their modernised, digitised form, they are the copyright property of the University of Sheffield - our unique signature, our hallmark, our stamp.

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These fonts are the copyright property of the University of Sheffield and are solely for use in University documents, publications, presentations and displays.

  • Other file versions are available from the design team, but you will need to provide a detailed description of why the standard versions don't meet your requirements.
  • In standard applications, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, the new fonts can replace any existing fonts you routinely use on your computer, such as Times and Arial.
  • You can replace any serif font (eg. Times or Courier) you may currently use with Stephenson and any sans serif (eg. Arial or Helvetica) with Blake.
  • PC users (Microsoft) will only see each font appear once in the font selection list (as TUOS Blake and TUOS Stephenson). Highlighting text and clicking the 'bold' or 'italic' buttons will automatically display the correct font.

Note: Do not try to italicise bold text or set italics in bold. This will cause the font to display incorrectly. To highlight and emphasise text, you may use the true italic or bold versions of the fonts, increase the point size, or colour the text.

  • By downloading these fonts you are deemed to have read and accepted the University's terms and conditions of use.
Terms and conditions

© The University of Sheffield 2018

The Stephenson and Blake fonts are available for download to University of Sheffield staff strictly on the following terms:

  • That they are used only in University documents, publications, displays and presentations in accordance with, the conditions of the University's Visual Identity Guidelines
  • That they are not altered or distorted in any way
  • That they are not distributed to any third party
Help installing the fonts

Managed desktop PCs

  1. On the desktop you see a folder "Load Application Menus". Double-click on it and it will load up in a minute or so.
  2. When it's finished, click on "Start" (bottom left of your screen), then work through the listings as follows: "Applications" - "Utilities" - "Visual identity fonts" (click).
  3. The fonts will install. You'll then be asked if you want to restart the PC. Click "yes".
  4. You should then have access to TUOS Stephenson and TUOS Blake, in medium, italic and bold versions, from within your fontlist. Please use these new fonts in the same way as you have previously been handling your basic font choice.

Unmanaged desktop PCs

  1. First save the fonts to your desktop, so you can see them (if inside a zip file, double-click to open the file and extract the fonts to your desktop)
  2. Click on "Start" (bottom left of your screen), then work through the listings as follows: "My computer" – "C-drive" (open) – "Windows" folder (double click) – "Fonts" (double-click). A window of existing fonts should open.
  3. It is quickest to have only this window open, so close any others that may already be open. Resize the window so you can see the fonts on your desktop.
  4. Drag and drop the new fonts into the fonts folder (ie. Click and hold the mouse on the font, then drag your cursor to the fonts folder and let go of the mouse button).
  5. Restart your computer. The TUOS Stephenson and TUOS Blake fonts should now be available.

Mac users (OSX)

  1. Save the fonts to your desktop, so you can see them (if inside a zip file, double-click to open the file and extract the fonts to your desktop)
  2. Double-click the icon for each font. Font Book opens and displays the font so you can see what it looks like.
  3. Click Install Font.
  4. The fonts will be available under TUOS Stephenson and TUOS Blake
University fonts: Non-aligning numbers

Non-aligning numbers are found in many quality typefaces. The descenders (tails) of characters such as 7 and 9 extend below the baseline on which the characters sit, just as the descenders of lowercase letters do. Non-aligning numbers are widely used by book publishers and in newspapers and periodicals such as the Times, the Observer and the Economist.

Their purpose is to make numbers easier to read, and they work for the same reason that a sentence typeset in lowercase letters is easier to read than one set in capitals. In a sequence of numbers individual characters´ shapes are easier to distinguish on the page than they would be if the tops and bottoms of all the characters aligned.

The versions of the Stephenson and Blake typefaces used by professional designers and typesetters feature non-aligning numbers. These numbers can, for example, be seen in the phone numbers and postcodes printed on University business cards.

Unfortunately, for technical reasons it is not practicable to include non-aligning numbers in the downloadable versions of Stephenson and Blake.

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