About Eben Sorkin

Eben is a type designer and type publisher living in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His company is Sorkin Type Co.

He has been designing fonts for 4 years and has an MA degree in type design from the University of Reading in the UK.

Eben is interested in type design, types role in documents, UI/UX, and in the role that science can have in helping to improve type and document design.

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  6. Dear Eben Sorkin,
    I was pleased to see your nice type Merriweather.
    I’ve tried it on my mac. But there are some problems when i print it. Some strange phenomena’s occur. Many elements have bended details. It is unusable like this.
    Can you explain and/or help me with a proper version?
    De Uitbeelder, Onno van Geuns, Holland

    • Merriweather says:

      Are you talking about the Serif or the sans? The italic or the upright? The original serif is about to be replaced with a much more printer friendly version. In theory the others are printer friendly but in general I recommend that people use the OTF version rather than the TTF version if they want to print. Let me know which ones you want and I’ll email you the OTFs.

      • mahlerpress says:

        Printing problems occur in all weights, except for the upright serif ones
        I can send you a scan of the output, if you like?
        And, oh yes, I really appreciate your offer to email me OTF versions.
        Please use info*deuitbeelder.nl (replace the* for @)
        Onno van Geuns, De Uitbeelder, Holland

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  7. eduf says:

    I use Merriweather Serif here: http://caosordenado.com/
    I really love the font. But don’t you think the kerning could be a little bit improved? And the “?” is too big. And when you use words-with-hyphens, they look funny, it’s not well balanced in the middle of the words.
    Thank you for your amazing work!

    • Merriweather says:

      It is great to see what you are using it for. Thanks very much!

      You will be happy to know that the new “?” is a bit more restrained. Interesting that you mention the hyphens because I agree. I actually altered the hyphen and all the related characters yesterday for the new version. I felt they were to high. I like them much better now.

  8. mahlerpress says:

    Great! All the sans serif versions seem to work properly.
    The italic serif versions have still their problem. I’m looking forward to their replacement.
    How can I thank you?
    De Uitbeelder, Onno van Geuns, Holland

  9. Merriweather says:

    I know about a technical problem that occurs when printing the TTFs but I didn’t know about the OTFs. I wonder if you took the TTFs away or not. If you did not they could be causing the problem.

  10. Merriweather says:

    I will be in Amsterdam in October at the ATypI conference. Perhaps we can have a beer?

  11. nztim says:


    I love Merriweather but have recently found that if I have all the TTFs installed (from Google), Merriweather Regular web font is displayed in italics on Chrome (fine on IE)… I re-downloaded, reinstalled, also tried downloading the OTFs from Fontsquirrel and the font was displayed garbled(!) The solution I found was to only install the non-italic TTFs, then Chrome displays it normally. I’d like to keep it installed so I can use it with Photoshop, etc. Do you have any suggestions for this issue?


    • Merriweather says:

      What OS and version are you running? What version of the browsers? The font squirrel ones may be from the TTFs which is backwards.

      Do you have multiple ways of installing fonts? e.g Are you using a font utility?

      I can send you my OTFs. These should behave better for Photoshop. I need your email address though is the one I see “wordpress*nztm.net” the right one?

    • Merriweather says:

      Apparently it is Chrome’s fault : http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=243467

      You could use a previous version of chrome but there isn’t much I can do.

      • nztim says:

        Thanks for coming back on this, and it’s a shame about the bug….however if I read it correctly it looks like it will be fixed for the next stable release.

        If however the OTFs do behave better in Photoshop then I would appreciate a copy of them – the email address you have is correct.
        By the way, you can see a little piece using Merriweather here:

  12. Andre Grewe says:

    Hello ,

    I love Merriweather, but I’m also having some printing issues. the problem seems specific to the italic serif faces, but I would appreciate it if you could send me .otf versions for all available serif faces (Black, Bold, Bold Italic,Heavy, Heavy Italic, Italic, Light, Light Italic, Regular). Thanks for creating and making available such a great font!


    • Merriweather says:

      I should be able to send these Thursday or Friday to the umich address. I hope you will replace the upright serif versions when the new ones arrive.

  13. Hi,

    I am also having printing issues with italic serif faces. Are there any news on this? Would you be able to send me the otf versions of the serif faces?

    Also, at some point you mentioned that a professional, print optimized version would be in the making. I would gladly pay for such version. Has it already been finalized?


    • Merriweather says:

      The printing issues probably have to do with the special windows hinting we give the fonts for Google. It is more efficient for downloading but seems to create problem for printing sometimes. The newest version of this is supposed to fix that but I am not 100% sure. The fastest cure for now would be to get the OTF files probably from Font Squirrel. There is an advanced print version of the font that is in production now along with the revised version that is going to Google. The advanced print version has kerning 9 kinds of numbers, automatic fractions, and my favorite – contextual features that adjust letter shapes to make the text more even looking and clearer. I will note here on the blog and elsewhere when the ‘pro’ version is ready to be licensed. I am expecting the whole family ( upright roman + italic ) to be ready in 2 more weeks or possible longer. Kerning is time intensive but I also decided I had to add more code to the italic versions to make them really optimal.

  14. Hi Eben

    Merriweather’s a nice font, thank you very much. We took your advice above and used the OpenType, which solved our printing problems.

    Unfortunately, Word isn’t showing up the Heavy and Light variants because they share the OpenType Font Name ‘Merriweather’ with the main variant.

    Do you think you could fix this?

    Thanks a lot

    (and colleagues at Full Fact, we’re hoping to use it on our new site)

    • Merriweather says:

      I can send you the new version for use on your local computers although it won’t go live for another 2 weeks or more at Google Fonts. In web terms you could also host the font locally until it does go live. The improvements are huge especially for Windows rendering – but also for menus. How does either of those ideas sound? Are you at team@fullfact.org?

  15. Bob Tennent says:

    Hi. I’ve implemented LaTeX support for Merriweather and Merriweather Sans. I’ve recently had a request for updated versions of at least the Sans for use in printing a dissertation. I’d be grateful if you could e-mail me the latest versions ASAP.

    Bob Tennent

    • Merriweather says:

      I have begun work on it. I wasn’t sure if you needed both the serif and the sans. Or if you needed the italics as well. The Serif is ready in both upright and italics. The Sans Italics will be ready on Sunday.

  16. Bob Tennent says:

    The request I received mentioned problems with the Sans (hyphens, question marks) but I don’t know if the serifed or the italics are used. I’m sure Sunday will be fine. Thanks.

  17. Is there any possibility of creating an italic version of your superb Trykker font in the future?

  18. Merriweather says:

    That makes sense. I suspect that it is a year away now unless it gets comissioned. I am very fond of Trykker. It would be lovely to see what you have done with it so far.

  19. Dear Eben Sorkin,
    Thanks for the beautiful Merriweather font which I use on my blog (la-cascade.ghost.io). The only thing I would like to change is quotation marks, the ones that appear are really “straight” but actually I could see that there are different ones. How can I change them ?
    All the very best,

    • Merriweather says:

      Both kinds of quotes exist in Merriweather. Many keyboards default to the straight variety e.g. ‘single’ and “double” . But you want to have these ‘single’ ‟double”. It is also possible that you want others like ‹single› or «double» or ›single‹ «double». In any event this is not a font issue it is an issue of your keyboard and/or your text editor be that in wordpress or Microsoft Word or TextEdit or where ever it is that you do your writing. If you have an editor that supports what are called “smart quotes” or automatically curling of the quotes then that may be things easier. Sometimes the smartness isn’t enough and you have to over-ride what the program chooses but in general it is a good option to look for. I hope this helps!

  20. Ryan Gilden says:

    Hello Mr. Sorkin,
    I am having the same exact problems with the .ttf version printing properly that Onno had. Would you be so kind to send me the .otf version of the font as well. I would very much like to use it for a large project I am working on.

    • Merriweather says:

      I Am not sure but it looks like I may have missed this message. I am sorry it took so long if that’s the case. I have just emailed you.

  21. Paul Boag says:

    Hi Eben.
    Thanks for a great font. Absolutely love it. However, I have noticed an interesting bug I thought you should be aware of. When I print a document using Merriweather on my mac, it spaces the characters. You can see an example of this here:


    It does this both if you physically print the document, but also if you preview it too.

    Very strange. Never seen anything like it before.

    • Paul Boag says:

      Now that is strange. It looks like it is a combination of Yosemite and your font that is the issue. You need both to reproduce the problem. Very weird.

    • Merriweather says:

      Wow! I am gobsmacked.

      I don’t have Yosemite yet. I’ll have to see if I can get to the bottom it it ASAP. Do you mind if I send you a test font to check in Yosemite?

  22. Paul Boag says:

    Yeah I was somewhat amazed to discover it was only your font that created the problem. I have tried reinstalling it from Google and this site all with the same effect. Perhaps it is just a glitch with my version of Yosemite. Who knows!

    Anyway, if you wish to send me test fonts I am happy to try them out. My email is paul@boagworld.com.

  23. Love the font, we use it on all our presentations. However, it seems as if Keynote 6.5 won’t export Merriweather without breaking it.

    There’s a topic on the Apple boards here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6641562

    • Merriweather says:

      I have 6.2 to test with but I’ll have to get this version to test and fix with. I’ll post as soon as this is fixed. BTW – is this in Yosemite or another version of OS X?

  24. Gary Guido says:


    Is there a way to get the OTF versions of this font since I am having issues when I print?

    • Merriweather says:

      There will be paid version fairly soon. However if you want to you could take the TTF files from Google to a font converter like Font Squirrel and do the conversion there.

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