Karloff Negative

Design concept

Karloff explores the idea of irreconcilable differences, how two extremes could be combined into a coherent whole. At the start we looked at the high-contrast Didone typefaces which are considered by many as some of the most beautiful in existence, and the eccentric ‘Italian’, reversed-contrast typeface was designed to deliberately attract readers’ attention by defying their expectations. No other style in the history of typography has provoked such negative reactions as the Italian.
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Karloff concept sketch

Styles

Karloff comes in three different contrast types (Positive, Negative, Neutral ). Karloff Negative then comes in three weights, each with its own italic, each style accompanied by Small Caps.

Karloff Positive, Neutral, Negative contrast


OpenType features

Like all Typotheque fonts, Karloff includes Small Caps in all styles. Additionally, Karloff includes a wealth of other advanced OpenType features. For more information please see the PDF instructions, or the Features section.

Karloff Small Caps feature

Numerals

All weights of Karloff include six different kinds of numerals. By default, Karloff uses ranging numerals (also called OsF or Old-style proportional figures) designed for setting running text. It also, however also includes Lining proportional Figures, Lining and OsF tabular figures, Superior figures, and Inferior figures.

Karloff numeral styles

Authors

Karloff was conceived by Peter Biľak, designed by Pieter van Rosmalen, with assistance of Nikola Djurek in 2012. In 2013, Maria Doreuli designed the Greek and Cyrillic versions, which were published in 2017.