HEX Franklin is an homage to the classic Franklin Gothic type family and its lighter-weight siblings, News Gothic and Lightline Gothic. The design draws specifically from ATF’s original fonts for letterpress printing, and not the later adaptations from other companies. It is produced as a variable font, allowing for subtle stylistic adjustments, with the heaviest and narrowest variants tuned more for larger sizes. It also maintains consistent ‘multiplexed’ glyph widths across its weight variants, allowing for weight changes without text reflowing.
The series also includes a ‘Tyght’ variable font that allows for for extremely tight phototype-style spacing without the need for manual kerning corrections by the user.