Karela text

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Karela text

Karela text* is a humanist slab serif family. Karela is also the Basque word for gunwale, this is, the widened edge at the top of the side of a boat, where the edge is reinforced with wood or other material and to which the thwarts are attached. Gunwales resemble the way slab serifs reinforce vertical stems giving a more robust appearance to the letters. The sturdy, solid and often mechanical structure that is customary in slab serif or mechanistic typefaces is softened in Karela applying subtle tweaks as humanist proportions, slightly curved endings in ascenders and curved edges in serifs. The influence of calligraphy is noticeable all over the character set, especially in counters and letters with instrokes like “m”, “n” and “r”, and it becomes explicit in the italics. On the other hand, its low contrast, generous x-height and the constant width of characters across weights makes it very covenient for editorial uses when low resolution is a concern. Karela pursues to give a human touch to a strong and highly functional structure. It seeks for the ideal combination of strength, precision and warmth of the wooden parts painstackingly handcrafted by ancient boat builders.

*Karela text is a work in progress.

Karela means the upper edge of a ship's side

William Dwight Whitney, The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1911)

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Karela text

Regular | Italics

Karela text thin headline sample

Karela text thin


Karela text light headline sample

Karela text light


Karela text regular headline sample

Karela text regular


Karela text demi bold headline sample

Karela text demibold


Karela text bold headline sample

Karela text bold


Karela text black headline sample

Karela text black

Karela thin text

Karela text thin | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela light text

Karela text light | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela regular text

Karela text regular | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela demibold text

Karela text demibold | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela bold text

Karela text bold | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela black text

Karela text black | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Italics | Regular

Karela text italic thin headline sample

Karela text italic thin


Karela text italic light headline sample

Karela text italic light


Karela text italic regular headline sample

Karela text italic regular


Karela text italic demibold headline sample

Karela text italic demibold


Karela text italic bold headline sample

Karela text italic bold


Karela text italic black headline sample

Karela text italic black

Karela text italic thin sample

Karela text italic thin | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela text italic light sample

Karela text italic light | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela text italic regular sample

Karela text italic regular | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela text italic demibold sample

Karela text italic demibold | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela text italic bold sample

Karela text italic bold | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela text italic black sample

Karela text italic black | 24pt | 18pt | 14pt

Karela text

Karela Character set

From June 2017 capital letter ß is official in German. This is what it looks like in Karela.

Poster showing capital eszett in Karela typeface

Karela text is a work in progress. It will be released in 2018.

 

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