Instead of seeking inspiration only in the past, Fedra Serif is a synthetic typeface where aesthetic and technological decisions are linked. Fedra combines seemingly contradictory ways of constructing characters into one harmonious font. Its humanistic roots (the rhythm of the handwriting) is balanced with rational drawing (a coarse computer-screen grid). Fedra Serif has a large x-height, open counters, and simplified stroke terminations that render predictably in small sizes even in low-resolution display.
A Typeface for long-form text
What makes text easy to read is not just well-designed letters, but also balanced horizontal and vertical dimensions of the text. Fedra Serif is designed for continuous reading, where it is critical that the counter-shapes relate inextricably to the outside of the letters. Typefaces for easy reading feature rhythmic stem intervals and optically interrelated space between letters, which create a harmonious rhythm of the text, aiding the reading process and offering optimal legibility. Additionally, Fedra Serif has unusual vertical stems, which get thicker towards the baseline, giving the typeface stability – a comfortable weight to read even in the smallest of sizes.
Each weight of Fedra Serif includes nine different kinds of numerals. Proportional old-style figures come as default figures in Fedra Serif. It also, however, includes lining figures, tabular numerals (both lining and old-style), small caps numerals, superior, inferior, circled and circled inverted numerals. For the running text, old-style figures work best; for capital setting, use lining figures; and with small caps, choose the specially designed Small Caps numerals applicable via OpenType layout features. When you take a licence of this font, you can choose the default numeral variants inside the fonts.
Fedra Serif is part of the Typotheque Multiscript font collection, supporting at least nine different writing scripts, and over four billion people worldwide. Typotheque Multiscript are fonts that cover Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Latin and Thai.
- DesignPeter Biľak (Arabic, Georgian, Greek, Latin)Bahman Eslami (Arabic)Kristyan Sarkis (Arabic)Khajag Apelian (Armenian)Gayaneh Bagdasaryan (Cyrillic)Panagiotis Haratzopoulos (Greek)Michal Sahar (Hebrew)Sirin Gunkloy (Thai)
- ContributorsTarek Atrissi (Arabic)Igino Marini (Armenian, Georgian, Greek, Latin)Oscar Guerrero (Latin)
- EngineeringRoberto Arista (Armenian, Cyrillic, Georgian, Greek, Latin)Igino Marini (Cyrillic)
- Persian (Farsi)
- Tajik (Cyrillic)
- Mordvin (Moksha)
- Azeri (Cyrillic)
- Mordvin (Erzya)
- Kildin Sami
- Greek (modern)
- Greek (classical)
- Irish Gaelic
- Sámi (Northern)
- Sámi (Inari)
- Sámi (Lule)
- Sámi (Southern)
- Azeri (Latin)
- Sanskrit transliteration
- Tagalog (Filipino)
- Crimean Tatar
- Somali (Latin)
- Ndebele (Northern)
- Ndebele (Southern)
- Arabic transliteration
- Seychelles Creole
- Tok Pisin
- Scottish Gaelic
- Old Norse
swshThe swash letters are applies contextually, for example, for the capital ‘Q’ , but only when it is not followed by a letter with a descender. Or for the lower case ‘r’ ’t’ but only at the end of the word.
smcpMost Typotheque fonts implement the Small Caps feature. In Adobe applications you can replace lower case letters with small caps using the keyboard shortcut (⌘ + ⇧ + H), or the OpenType menu.
All Small Capitals
smcp, c2scThere are two methods of applying small capitals. The first one replaces only lower case letters with small caps. The second method, All Small Caps, also replaces capital letters with small caps. It also replaces regular quotation marks, exclamation points, question marks, slashes and usually also numerals with small caps variants.
Case Sensitive Forms
caseWhen the ‘change to caps’ function is applied from within an application (not when text is typed in caps) appropriate case-sensitive forms are automatically applied. Regular brackets, parenthesis, dashes and hyphens are replaced with their capital forms.
Circled numerals and arrows
dligThe discretionary ligature feature creates real arrows when you type the combination -> (right arrow), <- (left arrow), -^ (up arrow) or ^- (down arrow). It also creates enclosed numerals when you type numerals inside parenthesis, and inverse enclosed numerals when you type numerals inside brackets. Discretionary ligatures are off by default in Adobe applications.
ligaStandard ligatures are those which are designed to improve the readability of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.
Vertically centered colon
caltThis stylistic set centers the colon. Same behaviour can be triggered by the Contextual Alternative feature, which is automatically applied when colon is followed by a lining numeral or a capital letter.
Proportional Lining Figures
lnum, pnumTypotheque fonts contain various styles of numerals within one font. Old-style Figures, also known as ranging figures, come standard in our text fonts. They are specifically designed to work well in running text, as they have the same proportions as lower case letters with their ascenders and descenders. The proportional Lining Figures feature changes standard figures to Lining figures which work better with all-capital text.
Tabular Lining Figures
lnum, tnumTabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as a OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. Typotheque fonts include both Lining and Old-style Tabular figures.
Tabular Old-style Figures
onum, tnumTabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as a OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. Typotheque fonts include both Lining and Old-style Tabular figures.
fracTypotheque OpenType fonts already include a number of pre-designed diagonal fractions. The fraction feature allows you to create other fractions quickly and easily.
supsReplaces all styles of figures (old style, tabular, lining) and letters with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc. Superior characters are more legible than mathematically scaled characters, have a similar stroke weight, are spaced more generously, and better complement the rest of the text.
sinfReplaces all styles of figures (old style, tabular, lining) and letters with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation. Inferior characters are more legible than mathematically scaled characters, have a similar stroke weight, are spaced more generously, and better complement the rest of the text
Indigenous American ogoneksIn Polish and Lithuanian the ogonek under the vowels ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘u’ is placed to the right of the letters, while indigenous languages such as Navajo prefer to center the ogonek.
Bulgarian CyrillicBulgarian readers prefer to set text in a variation of Cyrillic that differs from the standard Cyrillic by using shapes of letters based on cursive handwriting, where letters are easier to tell apart. Typotheque fonts use standard Cyrillic forms as default, and Bulgarian Cyrillic is applied when the text is tagged as Bulgarian. When the Localised forms feature is not available, you can also apply the same forms by using a Stylistic Set.
Serbian & Macedonian CyrillicSerbian and Macedonian Cyrillic has different preferred shapes for some italic letters, which differ from the standard Cyrillic. Typotheque fonts use standard Cyrillic forms as default, and Serbian Cyrillic italic is applied when the text is tagged as Serbian Or Macedonian. When the Localised forms feature is not available, you can also apply the same forms by using a Stylistic Set.
Georgian Capital Letters
caseGeorgian alphabet is unicameral, and to convert the lower case letters (Mkhedruli) the capital letters (Mtavruli), you can apply the Case feature.
- մե մէ մի մխ մկմե մէ մի մխ մկ
ligaArmenian letters often have assymetric protruding shapes that may cause spacing issues in text. Ligatures can be used to address the spacing of these letter combinations.
ss07This stylistic set replaces the default printed forms of the Greek letter (Υ, ɑ, θ, φ) by a cursive variants.
Short Greek ζ
ss08This stylistic set replaces the default Greek lower-case ‘ζ’ by the short version aligned on the x-height.
Alternative Armenian Ա
ss09This stylistic set replaces the default Armenian capital ‘Ա’ with a traditional, calligraphic form.
Alternative Armenian հ
ss10Fedra Serif includes two versions of the Armenian lower-case հ. The traditional version comes as a default, and modern variant can be activated by this stylistic set.
Extended Armenian strokes
caltFollowing traditional manuscript traditions, Fedra Serif includes various lenghts of the below horizontals, which are extended contextually according to the following letter.
Traditional Georgian წ
ss11This stylistic set replaces the default printed Georgian letter ‘წ’ with a traditional form.