Koorkin by George Ryan
by Monotype_Imaging on Aug 06, 2012
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The Koorkin family is available as a suite of OpenType Pro fonts, allowing for the automatic insertion of ligatures, old style figures and a bevy of alternate characters. “These support the ...
The Koorkin family is available as a suite of OpenType Pro fonts, allowing for the automatic insertion of ligatures, old style figures and a bevy of alternate characters. “These support the handwritten style of the design,” says George Ryan, Koorkin’s designer. “For instance, a word such as ‘breeze’ set in Koorkin can have three slightly different e’s.” Pro fonts also include an extended character set that supports most Central European and many Eastern European languages – and, in Koorkin’s case, Vietnamese. Ryan, first quickly drew the letters for Koorkin with a felt-tip marker, ensuring that shapes were free-flowing and spontaneous. The result is a playful, full-bodied handwriting script with fluid forms and bold proportions. Koorkin is a delightful confectionary of a typeface design, awash with swashes and deliciously long ascenders and descenders. While strokes are virtually monotone in weight, an ample x-height combined with generous counters guarantees that, even though a handwriting script, Koorkin ranks high on the legibility scale.
To give the design added character, Ryan also created a suite of swash and alternate characters that are available in OpenType format. “I added many ligatures and alternate versions of key characters to the character set,” says Ryan. “For instance, a word with an 'ee’ combination can take advantage of a ligature I designed rather than using two of the same e's to do the job. As a result, a word such as ‘breeze’ will have three slightly different e's in it – making the copy look truly handwritten.”
With all this personality, Koorkin is at home in such diverse places as posters, restaurant menus, social announcements and product brochures.
The complete Koorkin family is available as desktop fonts from the Fonts.com, Linotype.com and ITCFonts.com websites. It is also available as dynamically downloadable Web fonts. Learn more about Koorkin on Fonts.com: http://www.fonts.com/font/monotype-imaging/koorkin
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