Serif is a multilingual contemporary serif typeface supporting
over 70 languages including Greek Polytonic and Cyrillic with
two different construction variants. Fedra Serif A is a
low-contrast version with short ascenders and descenders intended
to work mainly in extremely small sizes, while version B
has an increased contrast and stem lengths.
Fedra Sans vs Fedra Serif
Though Fedra Sans and Fedra Serif A
share the same proportions (only Serif B abandons the base
model), the main intention was to create typefaces that function
independently, rather than only in combination with members of
their own family. The way the Fedra typefaces are linked
to each other might be better compared to the way Gill Sans
relates to Joanna, as opposed to the way typical 1990s
sans and serif pairs are related. Rather than just add serifs
to the existing sans, in Fedra Serif the letters have been
entirely re-drawn from scratch.
Fedra Sans and Serif are also based
on the same skeleton, having the same proportions of ascenders,
descenders and x-height. However, each one functions well also
independently, perhaps because the Sans existed before the Serif.
Designing the Sans based on Serif is the usual way, resulting
in a font where the two fonts styles.
Some of Fedras characteristics are:
a diamond shaped point above the letter i, open counters (P, b,
9, 6), curved terminating strokes (R, k), and sharp angled connections
for connecting strokes.
has two versions: one with short ascenders and descenders (stems)
and low contrast, and one with longer stems and more contrast.
Version A’s large x-height and short stem length match the proportions
of Fedra Sans. It is a low-contrast typeface that performs
well in small sizes and in low-resolution print. Version B has
longer stems, taller capitals, and an increased contrast between
thick and thin parts. It would typically be used in high-resolution
offset printing. Both versions share the same letter widths and
kerning pairs, so they can be interchanged without causing disruption.
includes some unusual ligatures such as the one above, specifically
designed for the Lithuanian language, helping to eliminate the
potential conflict between these two characters.
Fedra Serif Italic
Serif Italics letters are constructed with slightly
differing stroke angles. This is inspired mainly by 17th century
Jean Jannons italic, and produces dynamic shapes that clearly
distinguish themselves from the shapes of the Roman (upright font)
when engaged in the reading process, yet still enable the italic
to work well with the Roman in a block of text,
Fedra Serif Display
Fedra Serif Display has been designed to compliment text
versions of Fedra. It has been specifically made, in collaboration
with Nikola Djurek, to suit the needs of editorial design - the
conditions of newspaper print, catalogues in which strong, compact
headlines are important.