Fedra Sans, and Fedra Serif A were designed as text fonts; they perform well in long passages of text, even at sizes as small as 5-6 pt, and some of the design decisions were in fact made to optimize the typefaces for small text use. Serif B, with its slightly altered proportions and greater contrast between thick and thin strokes, is suitable for use in larger sizes, but it is still not what is typically referred to as a display font.
Instead of extrapolating lighter versions of Fedra Sans for display use, we decided to specially design a new type family. This allowed us to change the spacing and kerning of the characters, based on the assumption that they would be used in larger sizes. The letter and word spacing is tighter, hanging numerals and currency symbols replaced with lining ones, the design of many characters modified and a large collection of titling ligatures were added. The main difference, however, is in the weight of the fonts: thin and hairline. The strokes are nearly monolinear, with slight nuances to optically correct critical points. From this base, we designed a condensed set and a compressed set, suitable for compact text setting. The compressed versions are not meant to be used at text sizes, however it is the resolution of the output device that determines the smallest size that can be used.
Because of the limited space in which the letters are drawn, most very narrow fonts become geometrical, with straight vertical lines instead of curves. Fedra Sans Display, on the other hand, maintains the curved characteristic of the original design. It is ideally suited for large headline settings where space is limited, and a strong, contemporary appearance is desired.◀ Back
Ornaments in the Fedra Sans Display 1 package match the stroke weight of the font.
A set of common definite articles, indefinite articles and prepositions available in several major languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch) match the height of the capitals and can be combined in headlines to save room. They can be activated automatically as an OpenType feature (Contextual Alternates). A logo-like article ‘THE’ can be accessed simply by typing space + T + H + E + space.
The Contextual Alternates feature works across all styles of Fedra Sans Display 1.
All weights of Fedra Display contains a set of discretionary ligatures and alternative characters. The ligatures include two-, three, and four-letter combos.