31
JAN
2016

Ligurino expansion

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Ligurino expansion typeface sample from Typodermic Fonts Inc.

Ligurino is back! The last update improved the spacing and kerning but there were some problems that couldn’t be patched up with a simple update. The bold weight was created 12 years ago and never properly matched the regular weight. Yes, it was bold and the same sort of shape but it was thick in the wrong places. The condensed looked alright but without condensed italics or other condensed weights, it wasn’t very useful. The reason for the lack of styles was that the company who commissioned Ligurino originally requested a single weight. Then they commissioned another…and another. So: full rebuild. Ligurino now has 3 widths: normal, semi-condensed and condensed. Six weights: Extra-Light, Light, Book, Regular, Bold and Extra-Bold. The original Regular was a bit light for a Regular. Book is closer to that original Ligurino Regular style.

Ligurino expansion typeface sample from Typodermic Fonts Inc.

The italics aren’t the same as the original italics and for good reason. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, there was a trend in sans-serif italics to kind-of overdo it with certain italic affectations. For example, adding curls on the lowercase L, and ascender of the f, cutting the overhang off the f, rounding the lowercase e. The sort of thing can look great in a humanist sans-serif typeface. But when it’s added to a more mechanical looking typeface like Ligurino, it comes off as pretentious…at least it does to me in 2016. I kept the one-story a and g and rounded lowercase y as well as the sort-of-cursive angle of the h,n,m,u humps.

Ligurino expansion typeface sample from Typodermic Fonts Inc.

The design of the alphabet hasn’t changed much. The M used to be the same as as flipped W. Now it has a more subtle angle. The lowercase G has been tidied up a bit but still has the ear that aligns with the f, t and z. The ear has a slight curve where it meets the bowl to take some weight off. The f-ligatures have been removed. The design of the f and positive kerning (letters pushed apart) has made them redundant. Also, I found them distracting in the original. Sometimes f-ligatures aren’t an improvement. The all-caps outline style has all new kerning and more language support.

Ligurino expansion typeface sample from Typodermic Fonts Inc.

Language support has been expanded: a lot! Vietnamese, Pan Nigerian and more… too many languages to list. Now, Ligurino includes Greek & Cyrillic. Not just Russian Cyrillic support but support for almost all existing languages that use Cyrillic characters. There are more fractions and you can use the OpenType fraction feature to make up any fraction you like. I’ve included more math symbols, combining diacritics and the latest monetary symbols. Old-style (lowercase) numerals are still included but with improved kerning.

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