Tongari is a type family of seven weights and their seven italics. Tongari is a japanese word for “sharp-pointed”. Sharp-pointed, as the swords of the seven samurai in the Akira Kurosawa movie, in which a bunch of warriors defend a village from thieves.
Seven weights for seven samurai.
I started the design with a medium weight, with a lot of contrast and very sharp endings. But these features were a bit too intense for a text typeface intended for continuous reading at small size. So I calmed down the contrast and decided to keep them for a display version later.
I always do a lot of sketches to craft the shapes of the letters, the computer is a tool among others, and all tools act their part.
Once all the seven weights of the Tongari text font family have been created, along with their seven italics, I decided to go back to the initial spirit of my drawings and make a display version.
Tongari display typeface has a strong contrast, a higher x-height and even sharper endings. Some shapes also differs, like the g, with its sexy curves and its open tail. Thus the font is a good fit for magazine big titles or exhibition design.
Here you can download the “A is for” test fonts collection and use them for demonstration purpose only, if you are a professionnal and you need to convince a client before purchase, or if you are a student and want to try one of our fonts for a school project.
Please remember that this type foundry can continue providing new designs only if you buy fonts once in a while :)
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