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Viroqua (2023) is a complete reappraisal of Kandal (1994), one of my earliest typeface designs. The name Viroqua comes from the small town in Southwestern Wisconsin where my grandmother was born. The new version addresses flaws that have become apparent to me as I’ve gotten more skilled at designing type, especially in the italic, which I completely scrapped and started over. Viroqua is a hybrid design, combining elements of old style in the details and modern in the proportions. It has relatively low contrast modulation throughout the weight range, and the wedge-shaped serifs work more like slab serifs as they gain weight. Viroqua is very comfortable to read in text, and the boldest weights provide a lot of impact at display sizes. Viroqua features many typographical niceties, such as small caps, old style and lining figures (both proportional and tabular), superscript and subscript figures, fractions, and dingbats. Viroqua supports most Latin-based Western and Eastern European languages, plus Vietnamese.
- 7 weights: Thin, Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold, Extrabold, and Black.
- Matching italics for all weights and widths.
- Extended language support for most Latin-based Western and Central European languages and Vietnamese.
- Small caps for all styles.*
- Full “f” ligature set (ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl, etc.).*
* Requires an application or operating system with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher, or QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide. OpenType advanced typography is also supported by most modern web browsers through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
The story of Viroqua, plus a summary text and display specimen, full character set, and usage information. 46 pages. 1.37 MB pdf