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Xunga

Xunga is a cheerful display typeface. My goal was to design a font able to fit any layout with boldness and playfulness, mixing a sign painter taste in the uppercase and some of my crappy calligraphic reverse contrast explorations with the flat brush for the lowercase.

I designed several of widths to fit the page, and though about a different way of expanding the family shifting the horizontal stress axis to move the letter weight in different heights, making a 15 fonts family, suitable for making bold layouts.

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Although it wasn’t a conscious aesthetic inspiration, I think Xunga, which could be translated as Krappy, has also something to be with the old lettering art in my childhood comic books, somewhat naive and charming in its imperfection. Sometimes drawn by the artists themselves, sometimes by editorial staff, those whimsical letters were the first lettering I came across in my life.

That popular Spanish lettering was not so classy and crafted as the American 50s trends everybody tries to mimic all around the world now, but for me there’s a lot to learn from the old magazine’s unknown lettering workers skills and their unmistakable charm. Their history is yet to be written, isolated from the canonical history of Spanish modern design.

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Mortadelo y Filemón. Francisco Ibáñez.

Xunga has many widths for any length of text to fit any layout. Now, there is a new font format that can improve this feature: the new OpenType Font Variables.

Those Variable Fonts can store the information of font family in a single font file, and the web or graphic designer can choose the amount of weight, width or any predefined axis of interpolation with the same freedom with which you could choose the size in phototypesetting, unlike the predefined sizes of the previous letterpress type. You can read more about it here, or here (in Spanish).

In september 2017 the browsers, and design & type design apps still have to learn how to handle them, but Xunga has a Beta VF version available with the complete family pack to try and have some fun with it.

You can try variable fonts in Google’s FontView app, or in Axis-Praxis.org, with a compatible browser.

Note this is a Beta version. For example, interpolating kerning is not supported yet, so kerning is not perfect at all now.

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Xunga family has five widths and three stresses, making a total of fifteen fonts.

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Xunga has an extended character set for European languages as well as Vietnamese, and shows all its potential with OpenType-savvy applications. Every font includes ligatures, catchwords in discretional ligatures, contextual alternates to avoid conflictive glyph pairs and localized forms to avoid problems with several glyphs and languages.

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Tester

Motörhead
Die Geschichte von Motörhead ist untrennbar mit der des Sängers und Bassisten Ian „Lemmy“ Kilmister verbunden. Der am 24. Dezember 1945 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England geborene Ian Kilmister, Sohn eines Feldkaplans und einer Bibliothekarin, spielte seit 1971 Bass bei der britischen Space-Rock-Band Hawkwind. Während einer Nordamerika-Tournee wurde er an der Grenze der USA zu Kanada im Mai 1975 wegen Besitzes von Amphetaminen festgenommen. Die Band stellte die Kaution für Kilmister, flog ihn für den Auftritt nach Toronto ein, weil sie auf die Schnelle keinen Ersatz finden konnte, und feuerte ihn nach dem Konzert.

Try all the weights, font size and available OpenType features in the upper input text field.
Try weights, font size, line height and alignment in the lower paragraph. You can change the text also.
Note that each browser and operating system displays the text differently, so the text may look lighter or darker than it actually is.

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Styles

Xunga Condensed Top

Curry up! It’s the Tandoori Knights

Xunga Condensed Middle

Mettere la pulce nell’orecchio

Xunga Condensed Bottom

¡Vamos que nos vamos, chavalada!

Xunga Regular Top

Mười người mười ý

Xunga Regular Middle

Słoń nastąpił ci na ucho?

Xunga Regular Bottom

Aller se faire cuire un œuf

Xunga SemiExpanded Top

Å være midt i smørøyet

Xunga SemiExpanded Middle

It’s Monkeys Outside!

Xunga SemiExpanded Bottom

Þú ert alveg úti að aka

Xunga Expanded Top

Ins Gras beißen

Xunga Expanded Middle

At træde i spinaten

Xunga Expanded Bottom

Pizza, lots of pizza!

Xunga UltraExpanded Top

Beer & Bingo!

Xunga UltraExpanded Middle

Tűzijáték

Xunga UltraExpanded Bottom

¡Sanseacabó!

Character Set

Uppercase, lowercase & figures

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

0123456789

Diacritics and foreign characters set

ÁĂẮẶẰẲẴǍÂẤẬẦẨẪÄẠÀẢĀĄÅǺÃÆǼĆČÇĈĊÐĎĐÉĔĚÊẾỆỀỂỄËĖẸÈẺĒĘẼĞǦĜĢĠĦĤIJÍĬǏÎÏİỊÌỈĪĮĨĴĶĹĽĻĿŁŃŇŅŊƝÑÓŎǑÔỐỘỒỔỖÖỌÒỎƠỚỢỜỞỠŐŌǪØǾÕŒÞŔŘŖŚŠŞŜȘẞƏŦŤŢȚÚŬǓÛÜǗǙǛǕỤÙỦƯỨỰỪỬỮŰŪŲŮŨẂŴẄẀÝŶŸỴỲỶȲỸŹŽŻ

áăắặằẳẵǎâấậầẩẫäạàảāąåǻãæǽćčçĉċðďđéĕěêếệềểễëėẹèẻēęẽəğǧĝģġħĥıíĭǐîïịìỉijīįĩȷĵķĸĺľļŀłńʼnňņŋɲñóŏǒôốộồổỗöọòỏơớợờởỡőōǫøǿõœþŕřŗśšşŝșßŧťţțúŭǔûüǘǚǜǖụùủưứựừửữűūųůũẃŵẅẁýŷÿỵỳỷȳỹźžż

Quotes, punctuation & symbols

#*\·•:;,.… ¡!¿?”’/_{—}[–](-)«»‹›„“”‘’‚

€¢¤$ƒ£¥+−×÷=≠><%‰

>↑→↓←↔★◊@&¶§©®™°|¦†‡^

Catchwords

AND AS BY DAS DE DEM DEN DER DES DIE DU EL ELS ÈME ET FOR FROM GLI HET IL LA LAS LE LES LO LOS ND NO NOT OF OR OS SÍ ST TH THE TO VS. YES

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Standard ligatures

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Discretional ligatures activates Catchwords

AND → AND   4TH → 4TH   VS. → VS.

Contextual alternates

ąfryki → ąfryki

Localized forms

DİYARBAKIR CAĿLIGRAFIA

Try

Try me!

in a medium text

¿QUÉ?

Voilà!

Carabanchel

Micaela Flores Amaya, La Chunga es gitana, bailadora y pintora naif española. Nació de cuna gitana, sus padres eran inmigrantes andaluces gitanos en Francia.

Straßenbahn

From Atlanta, Georgia to a Castle City, too.
We are due for a lot, even a little Kalamazoo.

See you!

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Xunga Family, Xunga Condensed Top, Xunga Condensed Middle, Xunga Condensed Bottom, Xunga Regular Top, Xunga Regular Middle, Xunga Regular Bottom, Xunga SemiExpanded Top, Xunga SemiExpanded Middle, Xunga SemiExpanded Bottom, Xunga Expanded Top, Xunga Expanded Middle, Xunga Expanded Bottom, Xunga UltraExpanded Top, Xunga UltraExpanded Middle, Xunga UltraExpanded Bottom

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