Fedra Sans reflects the original design brief: it humanises the communicated message and adds simple, informal elegance. An important criterion was to create a typeface which works equally well on paper and on the computer screen. The typeface attempts to reconcile two opposing design approaches: rigidity of a typeface designed for the computer screen and flexibility of a handwriting.
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All weights of Fedra Sans include eight different kinds of numerals. Default numerals are ranging, or OsF (Old-style proportional Figures) for use in running text. Proportions of text figures are similar to ascenders and descenders of lower case characters. Lining figures for use with capitals letters, because their proportions match the height of caps. Tabular (both Lining and OsF), Superior and Inferior figures, and finally Circled and Circled inverted are available in our OpenType fonts.
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Fedra Sans comes in five weights, each accompanied by Italics and Small Capitals. While Italics are separate font files, Small Caps can be activated as OpenType feature. Also Italic fonts include Small Caps.
Fedra Sans is Typotheque’s most extensive font. Besides the Latin, the font family supports also Armenian, Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Hebrew, Inuktitut, Tamil writing scripts, supporting over 2 billion native speakers.
For the situations where simple letters are not enough, each weight of Fedra Sans includes a collection of symbols, ligatures, arrows, fractions, pictograms and alternative characters.
Fedra Sans was designed in 2001 by Peter Biľak. In 2004 the OpenType Pro version was released with Cyrillic designed by Gayaneh Bagdasaryan. The Greek version was designed by Peter. The fonts are continuously being updated, and current version is its fourth reincarnation.