The Katarine alphabet originated from one capital typeface meant for text setting of posters and jobbing prints. After finishing the lower case characters a Medium typeface was created followed by Light and Bold. By Interpolation and never-ending correction of generated characters Regular and Semibold typefaces were added. For every tincture there are small caps types with higher mid-height and petite caps types with conforming mid-height in base typeface also containing non-aligning numeral characters. And of course there is an Expert type with fractions, many arrows and frames in pertinent impressions. For a demanding text setting there is a Numbers typeface containing numeral characters in four different frames.

There are several drawing principles applied in the construction of the characters. Upper-case characters stem from an oval shape and therefore are lighter in the higher parts, lower case characters are drawn from a more robust square shape and better fit the baseline. Numeral characters are almost geometrical. These principles contradict each other which results in a very nice tension within the text. Although the font does not have any extra adjustment for the mid-height and is slightly condensed, it excels in readability even in small sizes. The characteristic design is very well-suited to poster sizes.


Design: Tomáš Brousil
Number of fonts in a family: 12 (Light, Light Italic, Regular, Italic, Medium, Medium Italic, Semibold, Semibold Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Experts Regular, Experts Black)
Number of glyphs per font: 822/301 (Experts)
Release date: 2003/7


OpenType Features:
All Small Caps (c2sc)
Small Capitals (smcp)
Historical Forms (hist)
Discretionary Ligatures (dlig)
Old Style Numerals (onum)
Lining Figures (lnum)
Proportional Figures (pnum)
Tabular Figures (tnum)
Superscript (sups)
Scientific Inferiors (sinf)
Numerators (numr)
Denominators (dnom)
Fractions (frac)
Localized Forms (locl)
Standard Ligatures (liga)
Ordinals (ordn)
Case Sensitive Forms (case)