Please list your favorite foreign looking Latin fonts



  • Vasil StanevVasil Stanev Posts: 704
    edited September 2022


     When I made my elven font ( ) I didn't do a detailed research into Tolkien fandom, just did the font. Then some of them pointed out to me that the alphabet messes the original idea, because Tengwar is in tabular form, as indeed the Japanese kanas are.
    I thought about it and decided that the output system should override the the input one, in this particular case - so no tables. If someone has a better idea of doing things, let them do it thems-elves.  :D

    Also, quite unlike the source script, these type of fonts have very, very limited use.

  • Fascinating story, Ray!
    But: Pics or it didn't happen. :grimace:
  • Tengwar and Cirth need tabular presentation; featural scripts are funny like that. The tables make the systematic changes clear (which is the entire point of a featural system). An alphabet, in contrast, is a basically haphazard assemblage of unrelated glyphs, with little if any system. Very different requirements.
  • Jensen Arabique by John Castle based on lettering by Gustav Jensen.

  • @Ray Larabie: Wow, that's super obvious! :open_mouth:
    Miles: That doesn't look the least bit Arabic to me...
  • These shows conducted on-the-street interviews with foreigners who had no trouble reading words written in this font, but most Japanese people couldn’t read it. I don’t mean they had trouble reading it—I mean they couldn’t read it at all. Their knowledge of the characters which the letters were based on completely overrode their ability to make out the Latin (romaji) forms.

    This is brilliant. I had a look at the web site and even as a native Latin reader I really struggled not to read it as kana. I think you could probably push it further in the kana direction if you wanted to - the C could be squarer on the left and the downstroke of the T positioned more to the right. Then I'd be completely lost...

    But speaking of the web site, I really appreciated this:

    In a certain context, Electroharmonix['s] can be construed as culturally insensitive and can contribute to casual racism. Research before using this font to ensure you’re not using it to perpetuate cultural stereotypes.
    If only *@%!$* Samarkan came with a similar warning...
  • I just read about square word calligraphy on Twitter...  Pretty interesting. 

    Florian Pircher said:
    This reminds me of Square Word Calligraphy by Xu Bing.

    More illustrations can be found at

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