Gordian Kapitalen

Design Concept

Gordian, an elegant sans-serif with very slightly modulated strokes, is rooted in classic Roman square capitals, designed to be engraved in stone. The author of the typeface, Nikola Djurek has practiced stone carving, which is reflected in the subtle chiseling of Gordian’s flaring stroke endings. These traditional roots, however, combine with modern characteristics (wider B, E, F, P and S characters, plus a complete set of lowercase letters) to create a distinctly 21st century typeface, and there is also a generous selection of alternative glyphs which can serve to give the text either a more classical or more modern feel.

roman square capitals

Type Family

Gordian Kapitalen includes 12 display styles in two versions, Kapitalen (four weights of plain titling capitals) and Knot (eight sets of entangled double capitals), the latter featuring smart OpenType functions that create various interactive patterns. Gordian also includes has four weights designed for intermediate text sizes, each with true italics and small caps. h

gordian three styles

Styles

In addition to four static styles, NE, SE, SW and NE, Gordian Kapitalen includes four smart fonts with OpenType substitutions programmed to rotate multiple alternatives of each glyph to create unique word patterns.

knot variations

OpenType features

Gordian includes also alternative versions of some basic characters accessible as Stylistic Sets. For more information please see the PDF instructions, or the Features section.

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Author

Gordian typeface family was published in 2018, designed by Nikola Djurek. OpenType substitution features in the Gordian Knot styles were programmed by Gustavo Ferreira.