The design of Cyan was inspired by features found in classic Roman and styles like Trajan and Bodebeck. It shows the designer’s personal preference for geometric Roman proportions while incorporating open centers (B,P,R) and compact serifs. Unlike Trajan, Cyan has lowercase characters in the regular version. The characters stay true to the same features as the capitals, resulting in an unusually distinctive style. The Regular Capitals version contains Roman numerals. Cyan’s weight is similar to Trajan’s but the horizontal strokes are slightly bolder resulting in better legibility for small sizes, especially for lowercase characters.
There are many subtle details in Cyan that become more interesting in larger sizes, for instance the subtle curves in the serifs and the overall smoothness as a result of the mostly rounded angles. Cyan is a robust font that will exceed expectations in areas never explored before.
The name is inspired by the Greek word cyan, meaning “blue”. The color cyan can have many different variations. One definition is a color made by mixing equal amounts of green and blue light (it also is a pure spectral color). As such, cyan is the complement of red: cyan pigments absorb red light. Cyan is sometimes called blue-green or turquoise and often goes undistinguished from light blue.
Obviously the Cyan family is a perfect companion to the Cyan Sans family.