Posted in Publication, Typeface
Irma Typeface system
The three new Irma typeface subfamilies, Irma Text, Irma Text Slab and Irma Text Round are well worth checking out, available from Typotheque and designed by Peter Biľak.
Irma Text is a fluid Sans-serif typeface which balances two contradictory construction principles. While it has inherited the geometric structure of the previously-published Irma Display typefaces, it is also inspired by the principles of drawing and cursive writing. Although combining geometric and handwritten models may seem paradoxical at first sight, this synthesis of two different construction principles lends the typeface its unique, dynamic character. Irma Text is sophisticated and personal, yet composed and assured.
Irma Text Slab is a contemporary interpretation of a geometric Slab Serif informed by a humanist cursive style. Irma Text Slab avoids the rigidity of most Slab designs, entering the relatively unexplored area of mixing humanistic handwriting forms with the firmness of a geometric sans. Strong, useful, and easier on the reader’s eye even in long continuous text.
Irma Text Round has been carefully crafted with nuanced curves and a more intimate character than Irma Text. Its edges are round and soft, but the underlying forms are clear and lucid, making it both suitable for display use and legible at small sizes. Each weight behaves differently — the terminals of lighter cuts are completely circular, while the heavier weights are less rounded — yet its appearance is consistent in each weight.