Mission type design
Client Personal project
This is the 3rd release of Novecento sans, a Caps + small-caps font family inspired on European typographic tendencies between the second half of 19th century and first half of the 20th.
It looks rational and geometric. However, it is optically corrected and balanced.
This font face is designed to be used mostly for headlines, visual identities or short sentences, both in big and small sizes. Novecento sans is very versatile: lighter faces provide a more contemporary and design look&feel, while the bolder ones definitely look retro.
This font face is designed to be used mostly for headlines, visual identities or short sentences, both in big and small sizes. Its glyphs set is composed of Uppercase + small caps letters (mapped as lower cases).
This font family is made of 32 styles (8 weights × 4 widths) and 16 stylistic features to finely adapt to the graphic designer’s needs and to perfectly fit into a layout.
Novecento Sans supports 76 Latin based idioms with carefully crafted diacritics, and language specific glyphs (such as ß).
It embeds some intelligence too, overstepping the current technical limitations:
1. custom shaped diacritics are activated while writing in Polish or Moldavian/Romanian;
2. while writing with small caps in Turkish, the font automatically differentiates dotted and dot-less i letters;
3. in Catalan, the sequence “L mid-dot L” is automatically replaced by the proper “ĿL” sequence;
4. in Dutch, the font automatically adds an acute accent to J when in ÍJ sequence, to adapt to the Dutch emphatic accenting habit (please note a J with acute accent does not exist in the unicode glyphs table)
5. for German, an uppercase Sharp-S was included in the glyphs set. As it is impossible to write it with a keyboard, an uppercase detection system enables the font software to automatically switch the lowercase ß to sharp-S when between two uppercase letters;
6. a smart fractions generator distinguishes between something like 3/4 and 12/10/2013 only transforming the first case into ¾.