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Skolar is a robust text typeface designed to address the needs of serious typography. It has been used extensively across diverse platforms and purposes. Skolar’s letterforms follow conventional proportions allowing for comfortable reading. It maintains credibility while incorporating a subtle personal style.

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 PE has a vast character set that caters for nearly four hundred languages and various transliterations (Pinyin, Sanskrit) using Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek (incl. polytonic).

The companion type families Skolar Gujarati and Skolar Devanagari provide further support for over eighteen Indian languages.

» Read about the development on our blog

Designed by: David Březina

Published: 2008–11

Language support:
Cyrillic (40 languages)
Greek (3 languages)
Latin (123 languages)
Transliterations (31 languages)

Skolar is a trade mark of Rosetta Type Foundry s.r.o.

Second prize in European Design Awards 2008
I love typography’s best of 2008
First prize for Cyrillic at Granshan 2009
Special Diploma in Modern Cyrillic 2009
“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
“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.”
, 8Faces
“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.”
“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

opentype features

Ligatures
Discretionary ligatures
Ranging figures
Tabular lining figures
Arbitrary fractions
Superiors & inferiors
Alternates
More alternates
Turkish/Azeri/Crimean Tatar
Romanian/Moldovan
Tabular ranging figures
Small-cap figures
Ordinals
Case-sensitive punctuation
Even more alternates
Automatic mark placement
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123 languages
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Latin (123 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian, Aymara, Azerbaijani (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cook Islands Māori, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Igbo, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Kalaallisut, Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malaysian (Latin), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Montenegrin (Latin), Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Norwegian, Nyanja, Occitan, Palauan, Pedi, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterfriesisch, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish, Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ulithian, Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Vietnamese, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, Zulu
cyrillic
40 languages
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Cyrillic (40 languages)
Abaza, Adyghe, Avaric, Bashkir, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargwa, Dungan, Erzya, Ingush (Cyrillic), Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lezghian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Montenegrin (Cyrillic), Nanai, Nogai, Ossetian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian (Cyrillic), Tabassaran, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek
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3 languages
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Greek (3 languages)
Ancient Greek, Modern Greek (Monotonic), Modern Greek (Polytonic)
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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:

Design (Light styles) : Anna Giedryś
Cyrillic consultancy : Alexandra Korolkova
Greek consultancy : Irene Vlachou
Greek consultancy : Gerry Leonidas

Vangard

Vangard is a refreshing sight in the world of law firm identities. Skolar is being used to full effect here, in a clean design with a strong colour theme, combining yellow with black and white illustrations. The identity was developed by labor b studio, and won the iF communication design award and the DDC Award in 2014.

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Germany

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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

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2012

Widzieć/Wiedzieć

Polish publishing house Karakter recently published a book Widzieć/Wiedzieć, an anthology of the most important texts about design, edited by Przemek Dębowski and Jacek Mrowczyk. Seminal essays by almost forty authors have been translated into Polish, some of them for the first time. Texts by El Lissitzky, Jan Tschichold, Beatrice Warde, Paul Rand, Gerard Unger, Paul Stiff, and many others are typeset in Skolar. Yay!

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Poland

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2011

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

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2011