October Condensed Tamil

Design Concept

October is a geometric signage font with a soft corner terminal and friendly character suitable for complex signage and information display, as well as for packaging and branding projects. October’s round letter terminals were created by the rotary cutters of a CNC router. Changing the size of the cutters changed the stroke widths of the letterforms. The results were optically corrected to create a functional digital font family that works at a variety of medium to large text sizes.

october condensed concept

Widths

October is available in three logical widths, which offer complete typographic palette for the most demanding designers. The Condensed and Compressed versions solve setting long words and sentences next to short words set in the regular width version of November.

october font widths sketch

Symbols & Arrows

November is ideally suited for the information signage and wayfinding projects, and includes a collection of transportation and travel-related signs, symbols, icons, and various sets of arrows.

october icons

International Typography

When the job takes you around the globe, October is ready to go with you. Supporting not only Latin script, but also Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Devanagari, and Tamil. October is a font with a global language support ready to get down to business in over 200 languages. Further writing scripts are in development.

october multilingual

Indic Text Shaping

With this project we have redesigned our production workflow, calling on Liang Hai, a Unicode expert and independent researcher into complex writing scripts, to draft a tutorial for the production of Indic fonts. Having tested this method on November and October, we have now published the document under an open source license. It provides detailed background on the text shaping of Brahmic languages, explaining their logic and outlining techniques for turning encoded Indic letters and diacritics into rendered text. See more on GiHub. IndicTextShaping

Author

The Latin and Greek versions of November were designed by Peter Biľak and released in 2016. In 2021, Eirini Vlachou consulted on and helped to review the Greek update, which is currently in use. Nikola Djurek assisted with the production of the Latin fonts. Irina Smirnova designed the Cyrillic version. Kristyan Sarkis designed the Arabic, and Peter Biľak with Daniel Grumer designed the Hebrew. Arya Purohit designed the original Devanagari and Tamil versions, which were updated in 2021. The Tamil version has been redesigned from the ground up by Aadarsh Rajan. Hitesh Malaviya led the redesign of the Devanagari version, with contributions from Shuchita Grover and Parimal Parmar. Akaki Razmadze designed the Georgian version. The Armenian was designed by Peter Biľak in consultation with Gor Jihanian and Khajag Apelian. Hai Liang provided his invaluable linguistic and technical knowledge to improve the fonts, and produced the current version in each of the languages.