Apex New supersedes Apex Sans, which was originally released in early 2003. Once the design was released, I started work on Apex Serif, Thirstype’s first OpenType font family; then returned to Apex Sans in early 2004, with a view to extending the glyphset and combining the Small Caps and numeral sets into OpenType fonts. As I worked, I started seeing the type’s flaws, and set about fixing them.
Two years later, Apex New was finished. All weights of the type have been revised, and everything heavier than Book has been completely redrawn. The bold weights which had previously ‘closed up’, especially at smaller sizes, are now more open with subtle contrast; the new version has been described as ‘elegant’. The family has grown to seven weights, with over a thousand glyphs in each font. The font files are cross-platform CFF-flavoured OpenType, with loads of basic and advanced features.
Grateful thanks and acknowledgment for guidance and assistance are due to: Tracy Jenkins, Christian Schwartz, Karsten Luecke, Adam Twardoch, Jacob Øvergaard, Martin Turzík, Oscar Bjarnason, and Adam Pituła.
V1.0—Initial release version: 2005.07 V2.0—Update: switching default numeral set, addition of capital Eszett, addition of glyphs for Welsh and Azerbaijani, addition of Turkish Lira and Ruble currency glyphs, small cap specific diacritics: 2014.08