Borys Kosmynka, Ania Wieluńska
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Pactio is a multiscript, OldStyle typeface family. The inspiration for Latin lies in the 15th and 16th century typefaces from France and Italy, however, the proportions of the letters are those of more modern scripts. The Cyrillic script was based on more modern designs, with the style matching Latin. The Arabic is designed in Naskh style which is the most popular style for continuous text setting.
While each script has different character, the treatment was similar on the design level: the sketches were drawn with a broad nib pen, but the contrast was diminished to limit the shimmering of the set text in small sizes.
Pactio embodies the humanistic warmth of early typefaces. In small text it allows to focus on the message and in larger sizes it catches attention of calligraphic, yet synthetic treatment of its curves.
Project not yet published; it was created as a partial fulfillment of the master’s degree requirements of the Master of Arts in Typeface Design at the University of Reading. In the planned, commercial release there will be 6 available versions: Screen, Regular, Book, SemiBold, Bold, ExtraBold, and corresponding Italic instances for Latin and Cyrillic.