Bara is inspired by the carved, incised metal types of the Dutch Golden Age. It is not a historical revival, but a loose interpretation of a typeface found in The steadfast tin soldier by Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, Haarlem published by Spectatorpers in 1992, hand-set by Bram de Does in so-called Schefferletter, also known as Enschedé English-bodied Roman No.6. The origins of this historical typeface are unclear, probably dating to early 16th century.
Narrow and elegant, it defines a new all-purpose text family while preserving some particularities of the original metal type. At text sizes, Bara gives text a pleasant, slightly darker texture; at larger sizes, it draws attention to its warm, unorthodox details, such as the abruptly ended strokes of ‘e’ or the ‘c’.
Like all Typotheque fonts, Bara Display includes Small Caps in all styles. Additionally, Bara Display includes a wealth of other advanced OpenType features. For more information please see the PDF instructions, or the Features section.
All weights of Bara Display include ten different kinds of numerals. Proportional Old-style figures come as default figures in Bara. It also, however, includes Lining figures, Tabular numerals (both lining and OsF), Small Caps numerals, superior, inferior, circled and circled inverted numerals (selectable via OpenType features).
Bara Display typeface family was published in 2016, designed by Nikola Djurek.