New fonts: Irma Text, Slab, Round

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Typotheque is pleased to introduce three new typeface subfamilies, Irma Text, Irma Text Slab and Irma Text Round, designed by Peter Biľak, supporting extended Latin, Cyrillic and Greek encodings.

Its numerous styles and various construction versions make Irma ideal for the formal requirements of contemporary publishing or giving a unique voice to brand identity projects. With its combination of text and display fonts in two styles (Sans and Slab), and three flavours of text typefaces (Sans, Slab and Round), Irma is a versatile family of fonts, offering a complete palette of typographic choices.

Irma Text is a fluid Sans-serif typeface which balances two contradictory construction principles. While it has inherited the geometric structure of the previously-published Irma Display typefaces, it is also inspired by the principles of drawing and cursive writing. Although combining geometric and handwritten models may seem paradoxical at first sight, this synthesis of two different construction principles lends the typeface its unique, dynamic character. Irma Text is sophisticated and personal, yet composed and assured.

Irma Text Slab is a contemporary interpretation of a geometric Slab Serif informed by a humanist cursive style. Irma Text Slab avoids the rigidity of most Slab designs, entering the relatively unexplored area of mixing humanistic handwriting forms with the firmness of a geometric sans. Strong, useful, and easier on the reader’s eye even in long continuous text.

Irma Text Round has been carefully crafted with nuanced curves and a more intimate character than Irma Text. Its edges are round and soft, but the underlying forms are clear and lucid, making it both suitable for display use and legible at small sizes. Each weight behaves differently — the terminals of lighter cuts are completely circular, while the heavier weights are less rounded — yet its appearance is consistent in each weight.

Proofs from development of Irma Text on Flickr. More images on our Facebook page.