Plotter Liner

Design Concept

Plotter is a massive type family that explores the world of technical drawings and architectural plans. Each subfamily reflects the characteristics of the various tools that inspired the project, tools from an age when technical diagrams were drawn and lettered by hand, and draftsmen needed a simple, efficient way to produce legible text that met established norms. Plotter has the simplified monolinear strokes with round terminals produced by technical pens, its letters reduced to their most basic stencilform elements: stems, arms, curves and diagonals.

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Plotter super family

Plotter comes in two main versions, Plotter, using round curves, and Plotter Liner which restricts itself to straight segments for rendering curves. Both subfamilies contain Basic version, Monospaced, Stencil, Monospaced Stencil, and Display version with five filling layers. Separately there is also a Plotter Hand, with irregular shapes as a result of manually using architectural stencils, and Plotter Wave, a smart letter substitution version which contextually orders letter-shapes according to the angle of slopping. Together, there are 47 fonts in 12 separate packages.

Plotter font family chart

Slanted styles

While inclined letters are often used by the scribing devices, Plotter comes only with upright forms, which can be slanted mathematically to any angle needed, including the back-slant. We recommend using 15 degrees sloping. There is however a separate style Plotter Wave, which provides smart OpenType substitutions, and gives words unusual rhythm and structure, going from extreme back-slant to extreme right slant.

plotter liner slant backslant

Numerals

All weights of Plotter include six different kinds of numerals. Default numerals are proportional Lining numerals. The typeface includes also Tabular lining figures, Superior and Inferior figures, and Circled and Circled inverted figures.

plotter liner numerals

OpenType features

Plotter Liner has no Small Caps and limited OpenType features, providing however two Stylistic Sets to access alternative forms of ā€˜aā€™ and ā€˜Iā€™.

Plotter font stylistic sets OpenType features

Author

Plotter Liner was designed by Nikola Djurek, and Gustavo Ferreira wrote the intelligent OpenType GSUB features used in Plotter Wave. Plotter was published in 2017.