Having harboured a desire for a rounded font within the Fontsmith library for some time, Phil Garnham recognised that FS Emeric offered the perfect skeleton around which to design it.
Most new rounded fonts rely on scripts or other in-app automation to form their characters. For all their warmth and approachability, they too often conjure images of jelly sweets and sausages. Not so FS Aldrin, where every curve and transition has been crafted by hand, giving a distinctive look and elegant feel.
FS Aldrin enjoys wide-open ‘lunar’ counters and soft, tube-like terminals. These improve legibility, especially on backlit signage and screens. The open proportions and circular strokes are juxtaposed against a more serious technical aspect that exists within each counter shape.
The lighter weights feel precise and efficient, perfect for notes on blueprints or technical drawings. The heavy weights are equally crafted but more playful by their rotund nature, and are perfect for strong headlines or packaging projects.
A suite of 268 icons complement the typeface beautifully and extend the design language in all directions. They cover a range of commonly used applications and themes ranging from ecommerce to weather, and also serve as a solid starting point for a bespoke brand icon set or UI.
In addition, born of FS Aldrin’s astronomical theme and playful nature is a special collection of space-themed icons, including rockets, shuttles and lunar modules (hint: if you type the word BUZZ with ligatures enabled, an astronaut appears).
Buzz Aldrin was the pilot of Apollo 11’s lunar module, the one that put man on The Moon for the very first time. Early on in the project’s life, FS Aldrin emerged as the ideal hook on which to hang the font’s space helmet (hardly surprising given Phil’s fascination with space travel and astronomy).
An approach was made to Buzz’s management to see if he would sanction the association. Not only was the great man himself happy to see his name on a typeface, he also asked to use it in his upcoming keynote talks, book launches and online projects.
Fontsmith offers two kinds of fonts: Standard and Pro. If you work exclusively with Latin-based languages our Standard character set is designed to meet your requirements. However, if you work with Cyrillic and Greek typography please use our Pro fonts.
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Aragonese, Aromanian, Arvanitika (Latin), Asturian, Basque, Bemba, Belarusian (Latin), Bislama, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Chiga, Cornish, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, Fijian, Filipino (Modern Latin), Flemish, Franco-Provencal, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Manx), Gaelic (Scottish), Gagauz (Latin), Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese/Kiribati, Greenlandic, Gusii, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Interlingua, Italian, Kabuverdianu, Kalenjin, Kikuyu, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kurdish (Latin Hawar), Ladin, Ladino (Latin), Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Low German, Luba-Kasai, Luxembougish, Malagasy, Malay (Latin), Maltese, Maori, Moldavian (Latin), Mauritian Creole, Nauruan, Ndebele, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nyankole, Occitan, Oromo, Palauan/Belauan, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansch, Sami, Sango, Sardinian, Serbian (Latin), Seychellois Creole, Shona, Swati, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, Sorbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss German, Tahitian, Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tongan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvaluan, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Walof, Xhosa and Zulu.
Both Standard and Pro font versions include a wealth of typographic features and are available to use in supporting OpenType applications such as Adobe Illustrator®, Indesign® and Photoshop®.