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About Handjet:

In autumn 2018, I had the opportunity to teach type design to a group of talented graphic design students at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno. Their first exercise was to build a simple element-based font that would be tailored to work well with handjet printers. The handjet’s 32-pixel vertical matrix defined the constraints, the only contour to draw was the shape of the element, and the rest of the design job was “only” a matter of placing the elements on the grid to form letters. The clocks were ticking and the students were fierce. Most of them had their font with basic English and Czech alphabets done by the end of the day!

Upon realizing the task could be taken even further, I set out to design my own font. I did not leave the house that weekend and ended up with a complete pan-European Latin. A couple of days later I had Greek and Cyrillic too. It was hard to stop. And once I started interpolating the element shapes, it got out of control!

In its current version, the Handjet type system contains 23 elemental shapes. Smooth transitions between them create various effects: a triangle appears out of thin air and expands into a square, the square rotates to create a lozenge and then scales into a thin rectangle, a rounded square smoothly turns into a circle and the circle into an oval, a clover becomes a rotating star, and a spindle, and a heart. The size of elements can be changed as well, producing different font weights. Plus, one can choose to use groups of 2x2 smaller elements instead of a single element. All of these components work together within a single variable font, allowing users to produce their custom variations and animations.

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Designed by: David Březina

Published: 2018–2020

Version: 2.002

Language support:

Arabic (30 languages)
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Arabic (30 languages)
Aimaq, Algerian Arabic, Baharna Arabic, Chadian Arabic, Dari, Dehwari, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Hadrami Arabic, Hazaragi, Hijazi Arabic, Iranian Persian, Iraqi Arabic, Libyan Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Najdi Arabic, North Levantine Arabic, North Mesopotamian Arabic, Omani Arabic, Qashqa'i, Saidi Arabic, Sanaani Arabic, South Levantine Arabic, Standard Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Sudanese Creole Arabic, Talysh (Arabic), Ta’izzi-Adeni Arabic, Tunisian Arabic

Armenian (1 language)
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Armenian (1 language)
Armenian

Cyrillic (64 languages)
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Cyrillic (64 languages)
Abaza, Adyghe, Aghul, Andi, Archi, Avaric, Bashkir, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bezhta, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Budukh, Bulgarian, Buriat, Chamalal, Chechen, Chinese Buriat (Cyrillic), Chuvash, Crimean Tatar (Cyrillic), Dargwa, Dido, Dungan, Erzya, Halh Mongolian, Ingush (Cyrillic), Judeo-Tat (Cyrillic), Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Karachay-Balkar, Karata, Kazakh, Khinalugh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Komi-Zyrian, Kumyk, Lak, Lezghian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Mongolian Buriat (Cyrillic), Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Muslim Tat (Cyrillic), Nanai, Nogai, Northern Uzbek (Cyrillic), Ossetian, Russian, Russian Buriat (Cyrillic), Rusyn, Rutul, Serbian (Cyrillic), Shughni, Tabassaran, Tajik, Tatar, Tsakhur (Cyrillic), Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvinian, Uighur (Cyrillic), Ukrainian, Uzbek

Greek (1 language)
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Greek (1 language)
Modern Greek (Monotonic)

Hebrew (6 languages)
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Hebrew (6 languages)
Bukharic, Eastern Yiddish, Hebrew, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Tat (Hebrew), Western Yiddish

Latin (258 languages)
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Latin (258 languages)
Acheron, Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Amis, Anuta, Aragonese, Arbëreshë Albanian, Arvanitika Albanian (Latin), Asturian, Asu (Tanzania), Atayal, Aymara, Azerbaijani (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bemba (Zambia), Bena (Tanzania), Bikol, Bislama, Borana-Arsi-Guji Oromo, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Central Kurdish (Latin), Chamorro, Chavacano, Chickasaw, Chiga, Cimbrian, Cofán, Congo Swahili, Cook Islands Māori, Cornish, Corsican, Creek, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Eastern Abnaki, Eastern Arrernte, Eastern Frisian, Eastern Oromo, Embu, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Friulian, Gagauz (Latin), Galician, Ganda, Ga’anda, German, Gheg Albanian, Gilbertese, Gooniyandi, Guadeloupean Creole French, Gusii, Haitian, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Ho-Chunk, Hopi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Iloko, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interglossa, Interlingua, Interlingue, Irish, Istro Romanian, Italian, Jamaican Creole English, Javanese (Latin), Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kaingang, Kala Lagaw Ya, Kalaallisut, Kalenjin, Kamba (Kenya), Kaqchikel, Karelian, Kashubian, Kekchí, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Klingon, Kongo, Kuanyama, Kurdish, Kölsch, Ladin, Latgalian, Latin, Latvian, Ligurian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Low German, Lower Sorbian, Luba-Lulua, Lule Sami, Luo (Kenya and Tanzania), Luxembourgish, Macedo-Romanian, Makhuwa, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Makwe, Malagasy, Malaysian (Latin), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Mauritian Creole, Meriam Mir, Meru, Minang, Mirandese, Mochi, Mohawk, Montagnais, Montenegrin (Latin), Munsee, Murrinh-Patha, Muslim Tat (Latin), Mwani, Naga Pidgin, Neapolitan, Niuean, North Azerbaijani (Latin), North Marquesan, North Ndebele, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Kurdish (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Uzbek (Latin), Norwegian, Nyanja, Nyankole, Occitan, Orma, Palauan, Pampanga, Papiamento, Pedi, Piemontese, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Romany, Rombo, Rotokas, Rundi, Rwa, Samburu, Samoan, Sango, Sangu (Tanzania), Saramaccan, Sardinian, Saterfriesisch, Scottish Gaelic, Sena, Serbian (Latin), Seri, Seselwa Creole French, Shambala, Shawnee, Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, South Azerbaijani (Latin), South Marquesan, South Ndebele, Southern Sami, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Sranan Tongo, Standard Estonian, Standard Latvian, Standard Malay (Latin), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Swiss German, Tagalog, Tahitian, Taita, Talysh (Latin), Teso, Tetum, Tetun Dili, Tok Pisin, Tokelau, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Tosk Albanian, Tsakhur (Latin), Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Tzotzil, Uab Meto, Uighur (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Vietnamese, Volapük, Vunjo, Võro, Wallisian, Walloon, Walser, Wangaaybuwan-Ngiyambaa, Waray (Philippines), Warlpiri, Wayuu, Welsh, West Central Oromo, Western Abnaki, Western Frisian, Wik-Mungkan, Wiradjuri, Wolof, Xavánte, Xhosa, Yapese, Yindjibarndi, Zapotec, Zulu, Zuni

Variable font axes:
Element Size (wght): 100 to 900
Element Shape (ESHP): 0 to 16.0
Element Grid (EGRD): 1.0 to 2.0

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Design: David Březina

David Březina is the managing director at Rosetta. While you may know him as the designer of the award-winning type family Skolar, he has also worked on custom typefaces for Adobe, Linotype (Monotype), Microsoft, Google, and others. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin. David holds a Master’s degree in computer science from Masaryk University in Brno (Czechia) and an MA in Typeface Design and PhD from the University of Reading (UK). His cross-disciplinary PhD thesis studied visual similarity and coherence of characters in typefaces for continuous reading in Latin, Cyrillic, and Devanagari scripts.

He has also been actively involved in writing, presenting, and conducting workshops on type and typography around the world.

Assistance:

Cyrillic consultancy : Maria Doreuli
Greek consultancy : Irene Vlachou
Font engineering : Johannes Neumeier
Armenian consultancy : Khajag Apelian
Hebrew consultancy : Meir Sadan
Arabic consultancy : Borna Izadpanah