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Kalfe

Kalfe is a semi serif typeface whose defining features are its flared terminals and low contrast, seperating it from traditional serif fonts.

Taking notes from Albertus, the focus of the design was to favour smooth, fluid shapes over the carved lines of the former to create a robust overall feel.

Using multiple masters in the design process it was helpful to create a set of extremes (high and low contrast, smooth or abrupt terminals, thick and thin serifs) which could be interpolated between. This set of ‘character creation’ sliders meant it was easier to see a number of variations and decide which best suited my original vision for the type face.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN

OPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmn

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ABCDEFGHI

JKLMNOPQR

STUVWXYZ

abcdefghi

jklmnopqr

stuvwxyz

0123456789

Size 72px
Spacing 0px
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