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Corsair is a rugged font with a handcrafted touch. Familiar and easy to work with, it has a worn-in feel that slots right into your typographic toolkit like you’ve known it all along. Originally commissioned by Best Made Co., its functional beauty was made to mimic the idiosyncrasies of handwriting. Naturally randomised letterforms lend it authenticity, while weathered edges and subtle variations add a rustic charm. The effect is an honest, approachable, and organic look that’s careful, but that doesn’t overthink it. Goes well with packaging, branding, and product lookbooks alike. Tastes slightly smoky. Gets even better with age.

Designed by: Samarskaya & Partners

Published: 2018

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Latin (121 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Aymara, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Maori/Rarotongan, Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Nyanja/Chichewa, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian/Moldovan, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterland Frisian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian/Montenegrin (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish (Castillian), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Vietnamese, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Zarma, Zulu
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Cyrillic (8 languages)
Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian/Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Ukrainian
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Greek (Monotonic)
“Where other fonts push randomized letterforms right up in your face to impress with their complexity, Corsair opts for subtlety to achieve a realistic, hand-made feel. It’s humble, but definitely not simple. With 2300+ glyphs and vast language support, Corsair can be used in every place machine-made designs ought to feel human.”
, Rosetta

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All-caps style makes titling decisions a thing of the past
Randomised letter variants give a real, handwritten feel
Comprehensive Cyrillic, including Russian and Ukrainian
Condensed width helps fit copy even when space is tight
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Design: Ksenya Samarskaya

Ksenya Samarskaya is the founding member of Samarskaya & Partners, drafting type to push against the limits of technology, radiate legibly on small screens, and trigger nuanced algorithms of emotion and history. She’s provided Cyrillic consultation, as well as multi-script type design, for the likes of Apple, Font Bureau, Google, MCKL, Monotype, WeWork. In 2017, she served as a judge for the Type Directors Club annual, the Communication Arts type annual, and the Taiwan International Student Design Competition. She splits her time between Brooklyn, NY and Barcelona where she’s teaching typography at Harbour.Space University.

Assistance:

Drawing : Azamat Kodzoev
Drawing : Micha Strukov
Drawing : James Todd
Post-production : Mathieu Réguer