Athelas

Inspired by Britain’s classic literature, Athelas is an elegant typeface for screen and print. It takes full advantage of typographic tranquility and breathes peacefully on the page to usher the reader into the wordsmith’s art.

  • Tipos Latinos 2006
  • First prize, 2008 Granshan Type Design Competition
Includes all 4 fonts USD 164,14

LA GUERRE ENTRE QUATRE MURS

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La Charybde du faubourg Saint-Antoine et la Scylla du faubourg du Temple

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Les deux plus mémorables barricades que l'observateur des maladies sociales puisse mentionner n'appartiennent point à la période où est placée l'action de ce livre. Ces deux barricades, symboles toutes les deux, sous deux aspects différents, d'une situation redoutable, sortirent de terre lors de la fatale insurrection de juin 1848, la plus grande guerre des rues qu'ait vue l'histoire.

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Il arrive quelquefois que, même contre les principes, même contre la liberté, l'égalité et la fraternité, même contre le vote universel, même contre le gouvernement de tous par tous, du fond de ses angoisses, de ses découragements, de ses dénûments, de ses fièvres, de ses détresses, de ses miasmes, de ses ignorances, de ses ténèbres, cette grande désespérée, la canaille, proteste, et que la populace livre bataille au peuple.

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The Backstory

Athelas

An elegant typeface for books, successfully used both on screen and in print.

Inspired by Britain’s classic literature and created by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione, Athelas prioritises the beauty of fine book printing. It takes full advantage of typographic tranquility — the white space in the margins, between the columns, the lines, the words, and finally, within the characters themselves. Athelas breathes peacefully on the page to usher the reader into the wordsmith’s art.

Athelas is a typeface with open counters, elegant curves, and graceful serifs. Fluid shapes in the roman variants meet their counterpart in a more angular italic, but there are no sharp edges in the entire character set. Athelas also takes advantage of the technical developments made in offset printing. It shows its best side in finely crafted books and high quality printing conditions, or in digital works that place a premium on the tone and beauty of the piece.

Although inspired by British literature, Athelas respects the cultural needs of languages where diacritic marks play an indispensable role. It has a large character set covering most Latin-based languages, as well as monotonic Greek (designed by Irene Vlachou) and Cyrillic (designed by Tom Grace). As recognised by its usage in Apple Inc.’s iBooks app and the desktop operating system Mavericks, the complete Athelas family has been optimised for today’s varied screen, uses along with our entire catalogue.