Varius 2 LT Std Italic Fonts
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The shapes of the f-holes on a violin reminded German designer Andr Maaen of an italic letter f. Maaen used these captivating contours as the basis unit for his type family, Varius. The name Varius is an homage to the manufacturer of the violin that inspired Maaen's project, Antonio Stradivarius, the most famous manufacturer of violins in music history. Varius has three separate styles. Varius 1 and its italic are the base style of the family, and are typefaces in the baroque serif manner. Varius 2 and its italic are slab serif egyptiennes, slightly heavier than Varius 1's more classical forms. Varius 3 and its italic are semi serif faces; their characters are serifed, but some of the serifs have been cut off. The family is rounded out with two pi faces: an ornaments font (which can be used in conjunction with the text fonts, or on its own to create beautiful borders or individual decorative elements), and a font of musical symbols and notations. Each of the six text fonts has dozens of supplemental ligatures included in their character sets. When these fonts are used in an OpenType savvy application these ligatures automatically appear in text when the Discretionary Ligatures feature is activated. Additionally, the character sets include added alternate glyphs, such as a swash m or n to finish off a line of text. These can be inserted manually in applications that include glyph palettes. All of the Varius family's letterforms appear slightly narrow, and traces of the wide-nibbed pen can be seen within their forms. Additionally, the shape of a violin's f-hole is a reminiscent element within all of the family's curves. Varius is particularly suited for use many applications, such as body text, newspaper text, display text, headlines, posters, books, screen design, and corporate identity.
Varius is a trademark of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, exclusively licensed through Linotype GmbH, and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
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