The Altame Family

Typeface Created June 2015, last updated 14 December 2016 Altame was devised as the home type- face for a website and blog project in early 2015, and has since evolved into a family with different styles and weights. It was designed to get a lot of text in relatively small spaces on screen, while maintaining a certain look and feel: Something that is contemporary—not timeless. Functional, condensed, square, a little German, and legible. (read more here)

Altame

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The Altame Story

Altame was devised as the home typeface for a website and blog project in early 2015, and has since evolved into a family with different styles and weights. It was designed to get a lot of text in relatively small spaces on screen, while maintaining a certain look and feel: Something that is contemporary-not timeless. Functional, condensed, square, a little German, and legible.

This current decade, "Egyptian" slab-style Serifs seemed to have been in vogue, and I wanted a typeface that lived very much in the now. Something I could look back onto twenty years from now and think:

That's so 2010s. Sans and Slab versions developed hand in hand from the beginning. An idea on the Sans would work well on the Slab, the Slab would take a new direction which was adapted on the Sans, etc.

The Starting point for Altame was a series of drawings I did after playing around setting web pages in a typeface called Jura. I soon realized I wanted something more narrow, more square, and stiffer. Working from Jura, and many other typefaces I liked, I drew and redrew Altame at least two dozen different times, until I had something I really, really liked. The design ended up being influenced by a number of other typefaces: A condensed Frutiger for the simple humanist shapes of many letters, Polo or FF Meta for its angled terminals, the Aldi typeface for its more squared resolve of round shapes. Perhaps more subconsciously, Clearview inspired some of the letter shapes as well.

Currently, Altame Sans and Altame Slab support the Western European and Central European Latin Character Sets, basic ligatures, as well as four sets of numbers: proportional old style and ligatures, and their tabular equivalents.

The name Altame (All-tah-meh) didn't come out of nowhere, and as follows will be the...

History of the name:

The first versions of the typeface were called (with its origins being somewhat conceited) "Zettwiezimmer". After many revisions, I eventually ended up with names like "Zettwiezimmer Zwei Alternate Sans Regular Bold"-not exactly catchy, nor functional. So I shortened it "Alt" for development purposes. Because it is my first complete typeface development, I played around with the thought of possibly naming the typeface Altama, for "Alt Amateur".

An Internet search quickly destroyed that thought: I have and wish no association with the company that operates under that name.

Plus showing it to a few people, everyone seemed to always want to read "Alabama", also not something I am associated with. So the last step was to play with the vowels until I had something that sounded cool, was unique and looked nice. Since the lowercase "a" and "e" very much define the feel of the typeface in general, what could have been a better "t" than: "Altame".

Das i-Tüpfelchen:

I like round dots. But I also like square things. The dots should seem natural, and flow out of the feel of the typeface. And so, I decided to really work this one out: I started with the shape of the curves on the rounded letters, them- selves squared off slightly, and worked the circle slowly into a square, stopping somewhere in between. (Think super-ellipse!). The lowercase "i" also has a hint of a serif on it, but it did not always. Originally, the "i" bent inwards, but in favor of minimizing noise, it received a serif instead.

Let's talk italics! I was not particularly interested in making an italic version for this typeface at first. If I needed an italicized font, I would just oblique it. But once I did start to play around with the idea of an italic, what a great opportunity it was to add another voice to the Altame Family! If the purpose of any italic is to add noise, differentiation and contrast to a text, I decided to take it as an opportunity to play around with shapes that make Altame even squarer (without outright doing so), and elaborate on some of the ideas in some of the shapes.