// Fonts: ligatures

29 05 2010

I’ll keep this brief, but I’ve been baffled recently when working on a logo development project (freelance) as to just how many typefaces don’t include a simple ‘fi’ ligature.

I’ve mentioned in the past just how enamoured I am with typographic ligatures, but these are mostly the discretionary ones such as the c/k and s/t shown on the Calluna sample, which I appreciate aren’t integrated into every typeface in existance.

They make those letter combinations simply beautiful, but those combinations also work fine as they are; to me, the f/i combination sans-ligature looks somewhat unsightly, not to mention awkward.

Image credit: Daniel Ullrich


// Top 10 fonts of 2009

7 01 2010

Those who know me will be aware that Calluna is way up there in my [proverbial] list of ‘favourite fonts ever’. Now, I don’t actually have a list, but if I did I think that Calluna would be sitting proudly in either 1st or 2nd. I’m obviously not the only one who noticed it; it was selected as one of the My Fonts Top 10 fonts of 2009, an rightly so!

Designed by Jos Buivenga from The Netherlands, Calluna was crowned most successful serif text font of the year. Calluna was initially a by-product of the design process leading up to Buivenga’s popular Museo typeface. While trying out different serif shapes, the designer chanced upon the possibility of giving his font “slab-serifs with a direction.” Instead of using the resulting asymmetrical serifs for a new Museo version, Buivenga incorporated the concept in a completely new typeface. Calluna was the designer’s first serifed text family — a robust, clean and contemporary face with interesting details and a forward flow. Its recent use as a book typeface has demonstrated that it works perfectly even at small point sizes; thanks to its striking details it also acts as a display typeface font with personality.

Despite the fact I’m not always a fan of serif typefaces, I love the overall look of this one, not to mention the beautiful ligatures (both standard and discretionary) — a topic I intend to dedicate an entire blog post to at some stage.

The other top nine were Champion Script Pro, Geogrotesque, Liza Pro, Memoriam, Alright Sans, Ivory, Narziss, We Love Nature & Aphrodite Slim Pro. To be honest with you, none of these jump out at me the way Calluna does, and though they have their own merits, Calluna has landed a number one spot for me.

Information source: My Fonts January 2010 newsletter.

// The Ampersand

24 08 2009

The ampersand is a ligature, which combines e and t to form the Latin et, which means and. The array of typographic designs for the ampersand are wildly varied, but in most of them, you can still make out the ‘e’ and the ‘t’ characters.

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours trawling the internet. Looking at one image, browsing through the blog it’s been posted on. Seeing a few more images I like. Searching for others and beginning the cycle once more…One of my favourite finds this evening is this. I think one day, when time allows (that’s right, even when not working I never feel as though I have enough hours in the day), I’d like to try my hand at creating something along the same lines.

Whilst perusing various websites, I realised just how many ampersand objects there are. So many in fact, that I could (and probably will) write a blog entry solely about them.

Do I have you running for the hills yet readers? A mid-twenties girl who seems pretty normal, but is actually obsessed with ampersands and pretty typography.

Don’t worry – I’m not even close to being finished discussing my favourite typographic character ;)