Nitti Grotesk is the proportional companion to Nitti and part of a larger collection of Grotesque-inspired typefaces by Pieter van Rosmalen. The series originates in his sans-serif called Capone, which evolved into the display family Stanley, and a monospaced version that became Nitti, named after Francesco Raffaele Nitto, one of Al Capone’s henchmen.
Shortly after Nitti gained worldwide recognition through its prominent use in iA Writer Pro, Information Architects inquired about a proportional version of Nitti. This proved to be trickier than thought. On third attempt, van Rosmalen found the right approach: making the new typeface more grotesque where Nitti deviates from the genre. The quirky and often idiosyncratic shapes of the early English sans-serifs are what lend them the humanity and warmth still appreciated among many graphic designers today. Van Rosmalen incorporated the peculiarities into a versatile, contemporary family of seven text weights plus italics, five display weights and extended Latin character-set.