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.
In 2015, Avataq Cultural Institute, the Inuit cultural organisation of Nunavik (Northern Québec, Canada), commissioned Typotheque to create an Inuktitut version of Fedra Sans for the organisation’s purposes.
This package comes with simplified character set. If you require advanced OpenType features, and support of other numberal styles, please get Fedra Sans Std or Fedra Sans Pro, which 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. Read the PDF instructions, or look at the Features section.
Inuktitut OpenType features
Fedra Sans Inuktitut supports also some Inuktitut specific OpenType features. For example, the standard space used for Latin-based languages is substituted for a wide space when followed by Inuktitut letters. This is controlled by Contextual Alternates features, which is turned ON by default. Fedra Sans Inuktitut includes alternative characters, which can be activated by turning on ‘stylistic alternates‘ in Adobe CS applications. Stylistic Set 1 replaces the standard (Nunavik) ᖕ and ᖖ by the preferred shape used in the Nunavut region.
Fedra Sans comes in five weights, each accompanied by Italics.
Fedra Sans is Typotheque’s most extensive font. Besides the Latin and Inuktitut, the font family supports also Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Hebrew, Tamil writing scripts, supporting over 2 billion native speakers.
Fedra Sans was designed in 2001 by Peter Biľak. In 2015, Peter designed the Inuktitut version for the Avataq Cultural Institute.