In collaboration with Canadian Indigenous communities, Typotheque has successfully submitted two proposals to Unicode, the international encoding standard for different languages and scripts, to allow the creation of complete Unified Canadian Syllabics fonts, part of which involves adding the missing code points to Unicode. And after rigorous research and collaboration with Nattilik and Carrier communities in Canada, we were also able to design fonts that change the standards of future Syllabics fonts.
Regional Typographic Preferences
The Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics (UCAS) supports several Indigenous languages in Canada across the continent. Although the term ‘unified’ is applied to the character set, there are many languages that do not see their typographic or orthographic preferences represented correctly. Dene communities have a specific preference for the ‘square’ form of the Syllabics, which is distinct from the standard ‘round’ Syllabics used elsewhere. We provide a number of Stylistic sets that allow the standard forms to be replaced by forms preferred by specific dialects. Read this essay about the Syllabics typographic guidelines and local typographic preferences.
True to its name, November Stencil has the expected gaps, systematically positioned to break letters into strokes, or sometimes to maximise the aesthetic impact. Each of its nine stencil weights also offers three separate layered styles that open intriguing possibilities for the creative use of colours and animation.
The Stencil gaps are systematically positioned to break letters into strokes, or sometimes to maximise the aesthetic impact. Each of its nine stencil weights also offers three separate layered styles that open intriguing possibilities for the creative use of colours and animation.
November Syllabics was designed by Kevin King, and published in 2022. Kevin has worked with Nattilik community language experts Janet Tamalik McGrath and Elisabeth Jansen-Hadlari on the Unicode proposals, and has received support from Liang Hai. Kevin has also worked closely with Carrier Syllabics experts Francois Prince and Dennis Cumberland to successfully propose changes to the representative characters for the Carrier Syllabics in the UCAS code charts. The original Latin version of November was designed by Peter Biľak in 2016.