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about skolar

Primarily intended as a robust, energetic text typeface, Skolar was designed to address the needs of serious typography. The typeface, having seen extensive use across diverse platforms and purposes, continues to maintain its credibility in a variety of contexts while incorporating a subtle personal style. Architecturally, Skolar’s letterforms follow conventional proportions for comfortable reading, while its stylistic details introduce warmth and character.

At the same time, features such as its relatively large x-height, robust serifs, and low contrast make Skolar a reliable choice even at small sizes and for the most complex editorial and academic text settings. Skolar’s vast character set caters for 90+ Latin-script languages, polytonic Greek, 44+ Cyrillic languages, various Latin transliterations (Pinyin, Sanskrit), Devanagari (Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, …), and Gujarati.

awards

2008
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Second prize
European Design Awards
2008
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I love typography’s best of
2009
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Special Diploma
Modern Cyrillic
2009
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First prize
Granshan (Cyrillic)
2012
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First prize
Granshan (Devanagari)
2013
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Second prize
Granshan (Gujarati)
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“When we decided to replace our sans serif body copy, News Gothic, with a more classic serif face we decided on Skolar quite early on in the redesign process. The editor’s brief was ‘classic with a twist’ and we felt Skolar more than provided this.”
, British Journal of Photography
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“Skolar accomplishes the goal sought after by virtually every text face: to make its mark with a distinct personality and yet remain effortlessly readable by letting that personality slip secretly and silently into the background.”
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“It feels formal, without being stuffy, and has a bit of quirk to it, like someone wearing a suit with rainbow striped socks. The italic is especially lovely.”
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“Skolar shows that a typeface can be both subtle and engaging, academic and practical, easy on the eyes and sophisticated—and both we and our readers learned to appreciate these qualities over the years.”
, Smashing Magazine

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Styles

latin
99 languages
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Latin (99 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Latin), Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, German, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Igbo, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Lule Saami, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Northern Saami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Saami, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romani, Romanian/Moldavian, Samoan, Sango, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Skolt Saami, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Saami, Spanish/Castillian, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ulithian, Ume Saami, Upper Sorbian, Veps, Vietnamese, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese
latin italic
99 languages
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Latin (99 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Latin), Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, German, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Igbo, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Lule Saami, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Northern Saami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Saami, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romani, Romanian/Moldavian, Samoan, Sango, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Skolt Saami, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Saami, Spanish/Castillian, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ulithian, Ume Saami, Upper Sorbian, Veps, Vietnamese, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese
cyrillic
41 languages
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Cyrillic (41 languages)
Abaza, Adyghian, Avaric/Avar, Bashkir, Belorussian, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buryat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargin, Dungan, Erzyan, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lakh, Lezgian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nanai, Nogay, Ossetic, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian (Cyrillic), Tabasaran, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvan, Ukrainian, Uzbek
cyrillic italic
41 languages
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Cyrillic (41 languages)
Abaza, Adyghian, Avaric/Avar, Bashkir, Belorussian, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buryat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargin, Dungan, Erzyan, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lakh, Lezgian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nanai, Nogay, Ossetic, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian (Cyrillic), Tabasaran, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvan, Ukrainian, Uzbek
greek
2 languages
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Greek (2 languages)
Monotonic Greek, Polytonic Greek
greek italic
2 languages
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Greek (2 languages)
Monotonic Greek, Polytonic Greek
devanagari
33 languages
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Devanagari (33 languages)
Bagheli, Bhatneri, Bhili, Bihari, Bodo, Braj Bhasha, Chhattisgarhi, Dogri, Garhwali, Gondi (Betul dialect), Gondi (Chhindwara dialect), Gondi (Mandla dialect), Gujari, Harauti, Hindi, Ho, Jaipuri, Kachchhi, Kanauji, Konkani, Kului, Kumaoni, Kurku, Kurukh, Magahi, Marathi, Marwari, Mundari, Nepali, Newari, Palpa, Sanskrit, Santali
gujarati
3 languages
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Gujarati (3 languages)
Gujarati, Kachchi, Sanskrit (Gujarati)
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highlights

Low-contrast allows for good reproduction in small sizes
Great care was given to Central and East European accents
Polytonic Greek and automated mark placement
Adaptive matras and many conjuncts for Indic scripts

opentype features

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Ligatures
Discretionary ligatures
Old-style figures
Tabular lining figures
Arbitrary fractions
Superiors & inferiors
Alternates
More alternates
Turkish/Azeri/Crimean Tatar
Romanian/Moldavian
Tabular old-style figures
Small-cap figures
Ordinals
Case-sensitive punctuation
Even more alternates
Automatic mark placement

web performance

The fonts have been screen-optimized (manually hinted) and perform well in small text and display sizes across all browsers which support @font-face CSS rule.
Mac OS X (Mavericks) Chrome 28
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Design: David Březina

David Březina is a Czech type designer and typographer, writer, lecturer, the impresario of the TypeTalks conference, and the managing director of Rosetta Type Foundry. He holds master’s degrees in Informatics (Masaryk University, Brno) and Typeface Design (University of Reading, UK). While you may know him as the designer of the award-winning type family Skolar, David has also been actively involved in writing, presenting, and conducting workshops on type and typography around Europe (notably at the University of Reading). He has designed custom typefaces for Adobe and Microsoft (with Tiro Typeworks), and other clients. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin. He is also responsible for the art direction and post-production of Rosetta’s fonts.

Devanagari co-design: Vaibhav Singh

Vaibhav Singh is an independent typographer and type designer from India. He received a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Pune and a master’s in Visual Communication from IDC, IIT Bombay. He was a recipient of the Felix scholarship in 2010 for his MA in Typeface Design, and again in 2013 for his PhD research, both at the University of Reading.

Having worked as a typographer and exhibition designer in Mumbai, Delhi, and Panjim, he now specialises in designing typefaces for north Indian scripts. In addition to developing fonts, he has been researching aspects of the typography of Devanagari and its implications for print cultures in India – for which he has received fellowships from The Printing Historical Society, UK, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

Assistance:

Light drawings : Anna Giedryś
Extrabold drawings : Elena Schneider
Cyrillic consultancy : Alexandra Korolkova
Greek consultancy : Irene Vlachou
Greek consultancy : Gerry Leonidas
Gujarati consultancy : Fiona Ross
Hinting : Sláva Jevčinová

Vangard

The corporate identity and website for a law firm vangard uses Skolar, the colour yellow, and black-white illustrations to great effect. The identity was designed by labor b studio, and won the iF communication design award and the DDC Award in 2014.

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Germany

year

2013

Smashing magazine

Popular resource for everything web, Smashing magazine has been redesigned by Elliot Jay Stocks, using Skolar by David Březina for the headlines and intros, and Proxima Nova by Mark Simonson for the text. Smashing magazine also uses Skolar for its conferences, books, and workshops – in print as well as on digital platforms.

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Germany

year

2012

CAS Linguistics edition

An established series of books on Linguistics by the etymological department of The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic were redesigned by Vít Boček and David Březina in 2010. Notably, an extended custom version of Skolar was developed in six weights in order to typeset the books efficiently.

The generous layouts count on the complexity of academic texts, great amount of footnotes, and readers who have the urge to make notes while reading. The cover plays with the idea of boustrophedon writing as a reference to antiquity, the age in which everything had been said already!

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Czech Republic

year

2010

Poster for 8 Faces

8 Faces magazine conceived a limited edition of eight A3 (297mm x 420mm) artwork prints. David Březina designed print #1 using his typeface Skolar. The poster is the logical next step from the promotional poster designed for TypeTogether. While the first poster is about a single typeface and its features, this poster is about typeface design in general. It describes the basics behind “proportions”, “structures”, “modulation”, and “rhythm” in type design.

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United Kingdom

year

2011