Ping is a fluid sans serif font with a geometric structure, but unlike other geometric typefaces, Ping doesn’t reject the influence of the human hand. Ping’s simplified letterforms are constructed with the least number of pen strokes; for example the lowercase letters ‘a’, ‘d’, ‘p’, ‘b’ and ‘g’ are drawn without lifting the pen at all. Ping is resolutely modern, rational but not faceless, full of respect for the past while exploring the possibilities of the present moment. Read the essay about the background and inspiration for designing Ping.
A Whole-world Typeface
Following the example of versatile sans typefaces which transcend national borders, Ping also aims to be a truly international typeface, supporting not only hundreds of Latin-based languages, but also Arabic, Armenian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Cyrillic, Devanagari, Georgian, Greek, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, and Thai. The proportions of the Latin shapes were adjusted to facilitate seamless integration with all the above-mentioned writing scripts; rather than merely giving other languages their version of a Latin-based design, Ping was constructed with a global perspective from the ground up, giving it a unique voice across different cultures and making it useful to designers worldwide.
Ping has a very large x-height that matches the height of the small caps. Influenced by modern typographic designs, a special unicase OpenType substitution feature is available that mixes lowercase letters and small caps, creating a fluid mix of letterforms that occupy the space between the baseline and the x-height.
Each weight of Ping includes nine different kinds of numerals. Lining figures come as default figures in Ping. It also, however, includes old-style figures, tabular numerals (both lining and old-style), superior, inferior, circled and circled inverted numerals. For running text, old-style figures work best; for use in capital setting, use lining figures. When you take a licence for this font, you can choose your own default numeral variant.
- DesignKristyan Sarkis (Arabic)Peter Biľak (Armenian, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin)Arphic Technology (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)Parimal Parmar (Devanagari)Akaki Razmadze (Georgian)Daniel Grumer (Hebrew)Ekaluck Peanpanawate (Thai)
- ContributorsKhajag Apelian (Armenian)Gor Jihanian (Armenian)Igino Marini (Armenian, Cyrillic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Latin)Ilya Ruderman (Cyrillic)Elí Castellanos (Hebrew, Thai)Nikola Djurek (Latin)Oscar Guerrero (Latin)
- AwardsGold European Design Award 2019
- Persian (Farsi)
- Tajik (Cyrillic)
- Mordvin (Moksha)
- Azeri (Cyrillic)
- Mordvin (Erzya)
- Kildin Sami
- Greek (modern)
- Greek (classical)
- Irish Gaelic
- Sámi (Northern)
- Sámi (Inari)
- Sámi (Lule)
- Sámi (Southern)
- Azeri (Latin)
- Sanskrit transliteration
- Tagalog (Filipino)
- Crimean Tatar
- Somali (Latin)
- Ndebele (Northern)
- Ndebele (Southern)
- Arabic transliteration
- Seychelles Creole
- Tok Pisin
- Scottish Gaelic
- Old Norse
Hollow and filled dots
ss01In order to preserve the appropriate dot size even in its very light versions, Ping uses hollow dots in diacritics, full stops, semicolons, exclamation marks and question marks in the light styles (from Hairline to Light). Heavier styles have filled dots, which can be reversed to empty ones with the use of Stylistic Set.
ss02Ping includes alternative version of the lower case letter ‘g’, including its accented variants.
Capital I with serifs
ss03Ping includes alternative version of the capital letter ‘I’ with serifs, also for all of its accented variants.
ss04Ping includes simplified version of the lower-case letter ‘t’, also for all of its accented variants.
ss05Ping includes simplified version of the lower-case letter ‘j’, also for all of its accented variants.
ss06Ping includes cursive version of the lower-case letter ‘e’, also for all of its accented variants.
ss07Ping includes cusrive version of the lower-case letter ‘e’, also for all of its accented variants.
smcpMost Typotheque fonts implement the Small Caps feature. In Adobe applications you can replace lower case letters with small caps using the keyboard shortcut (⌘ + ⇧ + H), or the OpenType menu.
All Small Capitals
smcp, c2scThere are two methods of applying small capitals. The first one replaces only lower case letters with small caps. The second method, All Small Caps, also replaces capital letters with small caps. It also replaces regular quotation marks, exclamation points, question marks, slashes and usually also numerals with small caps variants.
Case Sensitive Forms
caseWhen the ‘change to caps’ function is applied from within an application (not when text is typed in caps) appropriate case-sensitive forms are automatically applied. Regular brackets, parenthesis, dashes and hyphens are replaced with their capital forms.
Circled numerals and arrows
dligThe discretionary ligature feature creates real arrows when you type the combination -> (right arrow), <- (left arrow), -^ (up arrow) or ^- (down arrow). It also creates enclosed numerals when you type numerals inside parenthesis, and inverse enclosed numerals when you type numerals inside brackets. Discretionary ligatures are off by default in Adobe applications.
ligaStandard ligatures are those which are designed to improve the readability of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.
Proportional Old-style Figures
onum, pnumTypotheque fonts contain various styles of numerals within one font. Proportional Lining Figures come standard in all our headline and newspaper fonts. Their proportions are specifically designed to work well with capital letters (for example, in headlines). The proportional Old-style Figures feature changes standard figures to Old-style Figures which work well in running text, as they have the same proportions as lower case letters with their ascenders and descenders.
Tabular Lining Figures
lnum, tnumTabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as a OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. Typotheque fonts include both Lining and Old-style Tabular figures.
Tabular Old-style Figures
onum, tnumTabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as a OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. Typotheque fonts include both Lining and Old-style Tabular figures.
Vertically centered colon
caltThis stylistic set centers the colon. Same behaviour can be triggered by the Contextual Alternative feature, which is automatically applied when colon is followed by a lining numeral or a capital letter.
fracTypotheque OpenType fonts already include a number of pre-designed diagonal fractions. The fraction feature allows you to create other fractions quickly and easily.
supsReplaces all styles of figures (old style, tabular, lining) and letters with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc. Superior characters are more legible than mathematically scaled characters, have a similar stroke weight, are spaced more generously, and better complement the rest of the text.
sinfReplaces all styles of figures (old style, tabular, lining) and letters with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation. Inferior characters are more legible than mathematically scaled characters, have a similar stroke weight, are spaced more generously, and better complement the rest of the text
Bulgarian CyrillicBulgarian readers prefer to set text in a variation of Cyrillic that differs from the standard Cyrillic by using shapes of letters based on cursive handwriting, where letters are easier to tell apart. Typotheque fonts use standard Cyrillic forms as default, and Bulgarian Cyrillic is applied when the text is tagged as Bulgarian. When the Localised forms feature is not available, you can also apply the same forms by using a Stylistic Set.
Serbian & Macedonian CyrillicSerbian and Macedonian Cyrillic has different preferred shapes for some italic letters, which differ from the standard Cyrillic. Typotheque fonts use standard Cyrillic forms as default, and Serbian Cyrillic italic is applied when the text is tagged as Serbian Or Macedonian. When the Localised forms feature is not available, you can also apply the same forms by using a Stylistic Set.
Georgian Capital Letters
caseGeorgian alphabet is unicameral, and to convert the lower case letters (Mkhedruli) the capital letters (Mtavruli), you can apply the Case feature.
- մե մէ մի մխ մկմե մէ մի մխ մկ
ligaArmenian letters often have assymetric protruding shapes that may cause spacing issues in text. Ligatures can be used to address the spacing of these letter combinations.
Alternative Armenian ՄՆ
ss13Ping includes capital alternative Armenian letters Մ Ն that aim to reduce the white space between letters.