Berling™ Nova

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What is the Berling™ Nova font?

Swedish designer Karl-Erik Forsberg created the original Berling typeface in 1951. Owned by Verbum in Sweden, Berling was completely redesigned and released in 2004, under the name Berling Nova.
Forsberg (1914–1995) is considered one of Sweden’s most masterful graphic designers, and his original Berling has come to be seen as possibly the most definitive Swedish typeface. But a redesign was necessary in order to secure that the spirit of Berling would survive in the digital age. More…
Linotype, the distributor of the original Berling™ , provided its collection of source materials to the designers working on Berling Nova. Additionally, Akira Kobayashi — Linotype’s Type Director — lent them his advice as their project advanced.
Berling Nova is available in two optical sizes: Text and Display. The original Berling was a classic Renaissance roman face, with fine terminals and sharp, beak-like serifs. If one looks at Berling’s old lead type proofs in the smaller type sizes, it is clear that these had a fuller and more readable form than in later digital versions. So, in order to help return the new Berling Nova to its original splendor, both the base forms and the serifs were softened and inflated. In the text version, the x-height has been increased a bit (by 4%), the diagonal axis is less apparent, and special glyph ranges, such as those for small caps and old style figures, have been included in the font’s character sets. The display version still has the unmistakable “Berling” character that displays Forsberg’s mastery.
Berling Nova is well suited for longer text passages in books, publications, and magazines. This typeface fulfils all the demands that one can make on a legible newspaper typeface. Access to both text and display versions are important to the demanding typographer. This is the first time since the typeface was digitalized that it is possible to use it in order to create truly beautiful and functional typography in all type sizes.

Berling™ Nova Font families

The Berling™ Nova includes the following font families:

  • Berling Nova Pro Text Regular
  • Berling Nova Pro Text Regular Italic
  • Berling Nova Pro Text Bold
  • Berling Nova Pro Text Bold Italic
  • Berling Nova Pro Display Regular
  • Berling Nova Pro Display Regular Italic

Berling™ Nova Preview

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Are you looking for Berling™ Nova As a Free to Download?

Well if you are then you'll be disappointed. Unfortunately Berling™ Nova is not available as a free download font. Nearly all the fonts that we display on is a premium font. This means that you will have to pay to download it and use it for your project. You could waste hours of your time looing around the web to find a free download of Berling™ Nova, or you could just save that time and effort into creating some awesome work with Berling™ Nova.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Berling™ Nova is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Berling™ Nova and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Berling™ Nova. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Berling™ Nova for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Berling™ Nova Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Berling™ Nova remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Berling™ Nova and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)