Impact font family


Geoffrey Lee designed this face, first issued in 1965 by the famous Sheffield foundry, Stephenson Blake. The mid-1960s marked the height of a fashion for bold condensed faces that probably originated when Paris Match cut up prints of the Schmalfette Grotesk font, which had been drawn by Walter Haettenschweiler. Because Impact was less condensed than Schmalfette, designers often used the two fonts together as companion faces. Even without Schmalfette, you can use Impact for, well, impact.

Impact version history

Version 2.35 - This version includes some minor table updates, but no new glyphs.

Version 2.30 - Impact version 2.30 extends the WGL4 version to include the euro currency symbol.

Version 2.20 - Impact version 2.20 was one of our original Core fonts for the Web posted on 1 March 1996. It is also supplied with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 released on 13 August 1996 and Internet Explorer 4.

File name Impact.ttf
Styles & Weights Impact
Designers Geoffrey Lee
Copyright © 2011 The Monotype Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Impact is a trademark of Stephenson Blake (Holdings) Ltd.
Font vendor Agfa Monotype Corporation
Script Tags dlng:'Cyrl', 'Grek', 'Latn'
slng:'Cyrl', 'Grek', 'Latn'
Code pages 1252 Latin 1
1250 Latin 2: Eastern Europe
1251 Cyrillic
1253 Greek
1254 Turkish
1257 Windows Baltic
Mac Roman Macintosh Character Set (US Roman)
869 IBM Greek
866 MS-DOS Russian
865 MS-DOS Nordic
863 MS-DOS Canadian French
861 MS-DOS Icelandic
860 MS-DOS Portuguese
857 IBM Turkish
855 IBM Cyrillic; primarily Russian
852 Latin 2
775 MS-DOS Baltic
737 Greek; former 437 G
850 WE/Latin 1
437 US
Fixed pitch False

Licensing and redistribution info

  • Font redistribution FAQ for Windows
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Products that supply this font

Product name Font version
Windows 11 See the Windows 11 page.
Windows 10 See the Windows 10 page.
Windows 8.1 See the Windows 8.1 page.
Windows 8 See the Windows 8 page.
Windows 7 See the Windows 7 page.
Windows Vista 5.00
Windows XP 2.35
Windows 2000 2.30
Windows 98 2.20
Windows Server 2008 5.00
Windows Server 2003 2.35

This typeface is also available within Office applications. For more information visit this page.

Style & weight examples


Impact sample