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Aerle Font Family was designed by David Bergsland and published by Hackberry Font Foundry. Aerle contains 5 styles and family package options. More about this family

About Aerle Font Family

My first font for 2009 was Aerle. It is a new dark sans serif font in my continuing objective of designing book fonts that I can really use. It made a little ripple in the industry, but more than that I found that I loved it with Aramus and Artimas — my latest book font family with the same proportions. In many ways, Aerle is a very different direction for me built on what I have learned on Aramus and other recent developments in my style. The concept came to me while using Bitstream's Mister Earl on a site online—though there is no direct reference. I wanted a more playful heavy sans with a much smaller x-height than I have been using lately, plus taller ascenders. As I was using Aerle, I constantly needed a light and bold version. The new direction I am taking is a result of a decision that my fonts, though I loved the character shapes, produced an even type color that is too dark or a little dense. Aerle was an attempt to get away from that look even though the letterspacing is quite tight. For Aerle Thin I pushed a little further in that direction and increased the letterspacing. The hand-drawn shapes vary a lot, many pushing the boundaries of the normal character. This gives a little looseness and helps the lightness in feel I am looking for. It will be interesting to see where this all goes. Most new type around the world is far too perfect for my taste. While the shapes are exquisite, the feel is not human but digital mechanical. I find myself wanting to draw fonts that feel human — as if a person crafted them. In most ways this is a normal font for me in that it has caps, lowercase, small caps with the appropriate figures for each case. These small caps were very small (x-height as is proper). So Aerle's small caps are a little oversize because they plugged up too bad at x-height size. The bold is halfway between. These size variations seem important and work well in the text. This font has all the OpenType features in the set for 2009. There are several ligatures for your fun and enjoyment: bb gg sh sp st ch ck ff fi fl ffi ffl ffy fj ft tt ty Wh Th and more. Like all of my fonts, there are: caps, lowercase, & small caps; proportional lining figures, proportional oldstyle figures, & small cap figures; plus numerators, denominators, superiors, inferiors, and a complete set of ordinals 1st through infinity. Enjoy!

Designers: David Bergsland

Publisher: Hackberry Font Foundry

Foundry: Hackberry Font Foundry

Design Owner: Hackberry Font Foundry

MyFonts debut: Feb 5, 2009


About Hackberry Font Foundry

NuevoDeco Typography was founded in the mid-1990s (some time) to market the fonts David Bergslanddesigned to be used in his digital publishing training books. He originally worked with another online font retailer who was absorbed into MyFonts very early in the millennium. His fonts come out of 20 years of professional typesetting experience in phototype before going digital in 1991. In general, they are designed for professional graphic design use. All fonts were originally designed as PostScript Type 1 fonts for the Macintosh. Now they are designed as OpenType Pro fonts with several of the production features. The goal of David’s fonts is to add a hand-drawn edge to them. In this age of increasing technological “slickness” he purposely loosens the structure and adds “air” to the glyphs with breaks. The Section character is always replaced by an open ballot box. Almost all of the fonts have oldstyle (lower case) numbers as well as small cap figures. They usually have small caps, numerators, denominators, superiors, inferiors, alternate glyphs, discretionary ligatures, and so on. Some of the early ones had CE accents, and ordinals (1st through infinity). But they were dropped because of lack of customer interest. The major thing about his fonts is that they are designed for use in books and newsletters. They work very well for normal graphic design, but they really shine in book production. The production families have contrasting serif and sans serif families both using the same vertical font metrics—which is a great help for run-in heads and the like. In 2009, the foundry changed its name to “Hackberry Font Foundry” as David developed his book production [bergsland dot org] and publishing work [radiqx dot com]. Several larger font families for book production work have been developed. At present he mainly writes and designs books.