Ping Round is a resolutely modern, approachable typeface with fluid stroke structure. The shapes of Ping Round are warm and unreserved, acting as a counterpoint to the soulless corporate communication that is the norm today.
Ping Round includes nine weights, each with italics slanted at the unusually steep angle of 14° and featuring optically adjusted modulation of the curves and diagonal strokes.
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. See also other OpenType features in Ping, or get a closer look at the typeface and its OpenType features in this PDF.
A multiscript 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 Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Georgian, Armenian and Devanagari. 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 Round was designed by Peter Biľak, who created the Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Armenian versions (with Khajag Apelian and Gor Jihanian as consultants), assisted by Nikola Djurek and Anya Danilova. Daniel Grumer designed the Hebrew version, Parimal Parmar designed the Devanagari, Kristyan Sarkis designed the Arabic, Akaki Razmadze designed the Georgian, and Ekaluck Peanpanawate created the Thai version. Elí Castellanos and Oscar Guerrero assisted in the font production, and Liang Hai worked on mastering and font engineering. /p>