Multicultural typeface

stimopo's picture

Hello, has anybody seen a great multicultural typeface they can recommend for display purposes? (For British audiences)?

hrant's picture

Do you mean a Latin typeface that expresses non-Western cultures?

hhp

scannerlicker's picture

I have to go with @hrant. What the hell is a multicultural typeface for British audiences?

hrant's picture

Just to be clear, I don't think such a thing
is impossible (although there are severe limits,
and trying too hard is sure to backfire), mostly
I want to make sure I understand the request.

hhp

Té Rowan's picture

Ah'm gunna make the wild-assed guess that the OP wants a large glyph repertory.

If true, I'd say the Andron series, DejaVu and the 'GNU' fonts are possible candidates.

If the OP is looking for lettershapes that imply multiculturalism... I think that mounting an RK05 read/write on a Windows machine would be easier, even if starting from scratch.

stimopo's picture

Hi, yes I mean "a Latin typeface that expresses non-Western cultures" but a 'nice' one if that makes sense? (A non-cheesy one, if they exist)...

Joshua Langman's picture

Which non-Western cultures?

stimopo's picture

Eastern...

Maxim Zhukov's picture
Joshua Langman: Which non-Western cultures?
stimopo: Eastern...
Love that… Kindly compare:
« Pour Tarascon, l’Algérie, l’Afrique, la Grèce, la Perse, la Turquie, la Mésopotamie, tout cela forme un grand pays très vague, presque mythologique, et cela s’appelle les teurs (les turcs).»
Alphonse Daudet. Aventures prodigieuses de Tartarin de Tarascon (Paris: E. Dentu, éditeur, 1872).
hrant's picture

As I said before, There Be Dragons. This is something
some people (out of some vague fear?) take too far,
to the point of precluding good design.

Think about it this way: if classical Roman caps express
Europe to a greater extend than they express let's say the
Near East, there must be a way to express what you want.

Here's the one concrete suggestion I feel quite safe making:
Find a typeface with inverted contrast - where the horizontals
are (gently) thicker than the verticals. This is something that
remains pretty alien to the West, whereas it's entirely natural
for Arabs, Jews and Indians. But it doesn't ruin readability.

Look at the work of Excoffon and Bloemsma, and FontBureau's Trilby.

hhp

hrant's picture

This just hit me: you need Anti-Perpetua.

hhp

Té Rowan's picture

Persomally, I do not think that Hideko (mentioned in Releases) and My Fair Cody are cheesy. Both are based on Oriental (Japanese and Korean resp.) brushwriting.

quadibloc's picture

@stirnopo:
yes I mean "a Latin typeface that expresses non-Western cultures"

Ah, then you want a nice alternative to Papyrus. Which I was just thinking about today because I noticed that it has a strong resemblance to Stellar. Of course Stellar is just a weighted sans-serif, but the x-height and other such characteristics are very similar.

hrant's picture

The problem I would have with something like Papyrus
here (besides the fact that it's verboten :-) is it seems to
say non-Western is primitive, since rough = primitive.

hhp

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