Free Font Friday: Grandstander
by Taylor Slattery | December 18, 2020
Grandstander is a display font created by Tyler Finck. It’s got a fun, off-kilter presence that piques your curiosity and makes you want to read more. It feels a bit like something you might see on the packaging of novelty kitchenware aimed at millennials or a greeting card featuring a snarky grandma. It feels self-important but in a sarcastic way. Slight variations in its letterforms help to make it feel more human and relatable, with some interesting choices mixed in for fun.
Some of the letterforms, the uppercase A, in particular, look strange in mixed case use but make sense when surrounded by other uppercase letters, which should come as no surprise seeing as Grandstander is a display typeface. True to its name, Grandstander is certainly an attention-grabber. In addition to its quirky personality, it’s also flexible to boot. Not only does it come in 9 different weights, with both italic and regular versions at each, but also features 2 variables axes, both italic and weight, so regardless of your use case, you can custom-tailor it to your needs. Its personality also takes on different feels at different weights.
Up until now, I’ve been referring to Grandstander’s heavier weights, but at lighter weights, some of its exaggerated quirks are significantly more subtle and it becomes an entirely usable handwritten typeface. With a host of ligatures and alternates, as well as 2 variable axes, you’re bound to find a use for it. You can find Grandstander for free here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.