FS Olivia

FS Olivia

is the poetic type
4 fonts / Standard & Pro / Desktop / Web / App
Download specimen sheet (PDF)
Family £200.00 / Single weight £70.00
Family £250.00 / Single weight £90.00

FS Olivia Family

FS Olivia Features

On a visit to Belgium and the Netherlands while still an MA student at Reading University, Eleni Beveratou made some important discoveries. First, there was the letter ‘g’ from the Didot family seen at Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp, which seemed “almost like a mistake”. Then there were strange details such as the serifs on the “l”, “h”, “k”, “b” 
and “d” in Egmont Cursive and other typefaces by Sjoerk Hendrik de Roos, found in volumes of poetry she picked up from a chaotic bookshop in Amsterdam.

These were characters that stood out from the text but seemed to blend harmoniously with the rest 
of the letters. “And there it was, the spark. 
I decided to design a typeface that would capture the details of the process of writing.”


Eleni shared her initial thoughts with Phil Garnham and Jason Smith. They liked what they saw in her tentative first sketches, and gave her the chance to develop her ideas further. Phil, in particular, provided valuable input as FS Olivia took shape.

Eleni’s main influence – the handwritten – would give the font its character. “When creating a typeface,” says Eleni, “it’s fair to say that it reflects some of the designer’s personality. And that’s certainly the case with 
FS Olivia.

“Although technology is part of my everyday life. I am a great admirer of traditional graphic design where you can touch and feel paper and ink.”

A guiding hand

“What I particularly like,” says Eleni, “is that a printed item can develop its own personality sometimes as a result of imperfections in the print.

“FS Olivia has some of 
these characteristics as it’s inspired by handwriting, 
and yet it also includes some 
very modern features.”

Feminine and fascinating, FS Olivia captures the expressive twists and turns of (the poet’s?) pen on paper, with low junctions, 
deep top serifs and semi-rounded edges.

Round outstrokes contrast with 
the rough corners of the instroke, while strong diagonals and inclined serifs create a richly textured pattern.


It’s only fitting that there should be a version of this poetic font for one of the birthplaces of poetry and song. Eleni, who hails from Athens, developed an extensive range of glyphs that could be used for the Greek language, in both modern and ancient texts.

For the latter, there is a version of Olivia for displaying polytonic Greek (a system that utilises a range of accents and “breathings”), which brings the 21st century technology of OpenType to the presentation of poetic texts from Ancient Greece.

Just think what Homer could have done with that.

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Standard Vs. Pro

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.

Standard Vs. Pro
Discretionary Ligatures
Small Caps
Extended Ligature Set
Tabular Lining
Proportional Lining
Tabular Oldstyle
Proportional Oldstyle
Small Cap Figures
Punctuation & Marks
All Cap Punctuation
All Small Cap Punctuation
Stylistic Alternatives
Alternative Cyrillic forms бгдпт
Alternative Greek forms βθφ
Language support
Uppercase Yes
Lowercase Yes
Accents Yes
Discretionary Ligatures Yes
Small Caps No
Extended Ligature Set No
Arrows No
Tabular Lining Yes
Proportional Lining No
Tabular Oldstyle No
Proportional Oldstyle No
Small Cap Figures No
Superiors No
Inferiors No
Numerators No
Denominators No
Ordinals No
Fractions No
Punctuation & Marks Yes
All Cap Punctuation No
All Small Cap Punctuation No
Stylistic Alternatives
Alternative Cyrillic forms бгдпт No
Alternative Greek forms βθφ No
Language support
Uppercase Yes
Lowercase Yes
Accents Yes
Discretionary Ligatures Yes
Small Caps Yes
Extended Ligature Set Yes
Arrows Yes
Tabular Lining Yes
Proportional Lining Yes
Tabular Oldstyle Yes
Proportional Oldstyle Yes
Small Cap Figures Yes
Superiors Yes
Inferiors Yes
Numerators Yes
Denominators Yes
Ordinals Yes
Fractions Yes
Punctuation & Marks Yes
All Cap Punctuation Yes
All Small Cap Punctuation Yes
Stylistic Alternatives
Alternative Cyrillic forms бгдпт Yes
Alternative Greek forms βθφ Yes
Language support

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®.