Typeface submitted

343px teaser for Martel

Monday July 7th was the submission deadline here in Reading, and I uploaded my files about an hour or so before the noon requirement. The typeface, pictured rather briefly above, will still need ages of finishing before I could call it properly complete, but I guess that I am proud anyway.

Here are the details: a text face optimized for small-sized running text, supporting both the Latin and Devanagari scripts. This means that the languages supported run a long gamut from Western Europe (English, French, German, etc.) to points further East (Romanian, Slovakian, Turkish) to India (Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, etc.). Variants include Regular (with small caps), Italic, Bold, and Heavy. The fonts have a healthy accoutrement of figure options and a few ligatures added in for good measure. During the typeface’s development as part of the MATD course, I also experimented with a Condensed Roman and Heavy. Hopefully, these will soon see the light of day, too.

For the course, I’ve given the design the name Martel (मार्टेल), after that cheery French fellow Charles Martel. Of course, the world already has at least one display uncial font with the same moniker, so upon eventual release I’ll try something more clever and trademark-able.

Update: More images of Martel uploaded to Flickr


  1. Congratulations, Dan. Look forward to seeing some PDF specimens, and its eventual release.

  2. Dan Reynolds 8 July 2008 at 19:19

    PDF specimens… these will come rather quickly! The release may take upwards of another year or two, unfortunately.

    July is a month of rolling deadlines here in Reading (hence my absence from the Internet in recent weeks). We submitted our typefaces yesterday. Next Monday, we submit multi-page A5-sized specimen books for our typefaces (I guess that mine will have 24 or 28 pages?). One week after that, we submit hard copies of our work files, and our “Reflection on Practice” essays, which should run about 4000 words and describe the whole process of designing our typefaces. Previous graduates’ typeface specimens and RoP PDFs are all over the Internet, so I guess that ours may be forthcoming as well.

    We also have a group specimen for the 2007–08 MATD class in the works, and a group postcard may be in the goodie-bags of every TypeCon-attendee as well.

  3. FAT! FAT! FAT!

  4. very nice, I hope to see more soon.
    Weiterhin frohes Schaffen!

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