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Lyra

Lyra™ by Canada Type
Individual Styles from $39.95
Complete family of 4 fonts: $99.95
Lyra Font Family was designed by Philip Bouwsma, and published by Canada Type. Lyra contains 4 styles and family package options. More about this family
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Lyra
Lyra
Lyra Medium
Lyra Bold
Lyra Stars

Lyra - Glyph Count: 660

This is a listing of all 660 glyphs contained in the font, including OpenType variants that may only be accessible via OpenType-aware applications.

Each basic character (“A”) is followed by Unicode variants of the same character (Á, Ä…), then OpenType variants (small caps, alternates, ligatures…). This way you can see all the variations on a single character in one place.

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Lyra Volume

4 fonts

Per Style: $24.98

Pack of 4: $99.95

Select style to display tech specs:
  • Lyra image
  • Full Font Name: Lyra
    Family Name: Lyra
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: OpenType CFF
    Version: Version 1.000
    Glyph Count: 660
    File Size: 95936
    Character Sets: ASCII,ISO Latin-14 (Celtic),ISO Latin-2 (Central and Eastern Europe),ISO Latin-4 (Baltic)
    OT Features: aalt calt frac kern liga locl ordn salt ss01 ss02 ss03 ss04 ss05 ss06
    Supported Languages: Bosnian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Albanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Lyra Medium image
  • Full Font Name: Lyra-Medium
    Family Name: Lyra Medium
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: OpenType CFF
    Version: Version 1.000
    Glyph Count: 660
    File Size: 93196
    Character Sets: ASCII,ISO Latin-14 (Celtic),ISO Latin-2 (Central and Eastern Europe),ISO Latin-4 (Baltic)
    OT Features: aalt calt frac kern liga locl ordn salt ss01 ss02 ss03 ss04 ss05 ss06
    Supported Languages: Bosnian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Albanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Lyra Bold image
  • Full Font Name: Lyra-Bold
    Family Name: Lyra
    Sub-Family Name: Bold
    Format: OpenType CFF
    Version: Version 1.000
    Glyph Count: 660
    File Size: 94068
    Character Sets: ASCII,ISO Latin-14 (Celtic),ISO Latin-2 (Central and Eastern Europe),ISO Latin-4 (Baltic)
    OT Features: aalt calt frac kern liga locl ordn salt ss01 ss02 ss03 ss04 ss05 ss06
    Supported Languages: Bosnian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Albanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Lyra Stars image
  • Full Font Name: Lyra-Stars
    Family Name: Lyra Stars
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: OpenType CFF
    Version: Version 1.000
    Glyph Count: 94
    File Size: 99776
    Supported Languages: English

Licensing Options

You can use this font in any of the following places. Read the full EULA text for details about each license. If you have a usage in mind that's not covered by these licenses, contact us and we'll see what we can do.

Desktop: for use on a desktop workstation

For the most common uses, both personal and professional, for use in desktop applications with a font menu.

For example:

  • Install the font on your Mac OS X or Windows system
  • Use the font within desktop applications such as Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc.
  • Create and print documents, as well as static images (.jpeg, .tiff, .png)

Desktop licenses are based on the number of users of the fonts. You can change the number of users by clicking the quantity dropdown option on Buying Choices or Cart pages.

Please be sure to review the listing foundry's Desktop license agreement as some restrictions may apply—such as use in logos/trademarks, geographic restrictions (number of locations), and products that will be sold.

Adding users later:

Desktop licenses are cumulative. If you require a Desktop license that covers additional users, simply place a new order for the same Desktop package, for the number of additional users.

Lyra Desktop EULA

Webfont: for your website

Webfonts can be used on a single domain. Agencies responsible for multiple websites, for example web design agencies or hosting providers, may not share a single webfont license across multiple websites.

Every time the webpage using the webfont kit is loaded (i.e, the webfont kit CSS which holds the @font-face rule is called) the counting system counts a single pageview for each webfont within the webfont kit.

For usage in graphic images shown on the website, consider a Desktop license instead as most allow for it.

This font's webfont license is:

Pay Once

You get a monthly pageview allowance for your webfonts. This license does not need to be renewed.

For example, if you order a license that covers 10,000 monthly pageviews, you will remain within your license as long as you do not get more than 10,000 views per month.

If the website starts getting more traffic, simply place a new order for the additional monthly pageviews you require, as Pay Once webfont pageviews are cumulative.

Lyra WebFont EULA

About Lyra Font Family


Lyra is an Italian Renaissance script that might have developed if metal type had not broken the evolution of broad pen calligraphy. It lies in the area between the humanist bookhand and the chancery cursive, combining the fullness and articulation of the Roman letters with a moderate italic slant and condensation. A steep pen-angle allows use of a broader pen relative to the x-height, giving the letters more contrast with light verticals and heavy curves. Lyra embodies the Renaissance spirit of refining technical advances of the late middle ages with reintroduction of ancient classical principles. Based on the moving penstroke with constantly changing pen-angle, it brings the vitality of handwriting to the ordered legibility of type. Lyra is a formal italic, too slow for copying books. By eliminating the element of speed, digital technology opens up a new level of calligraphy, bringing it into the sphere of typography as would naturally have happened if metalworkers had not controlled the process. If classical Western traditions are respected, digital calligraphy has the potential to recapture the work of the past and restart its stalled evolution. There is of course no substitute for the charm of actual writing, with each letter made for its space; but the tradeoff is for the formal harmony of classical calligraphy as every curve resonates in tune with every other. This three-weight font family marks Philip Bouwsma's much-requested return from a three year hiatus. It also reminds us of his solid vision in regards to how calligraphy, typography and technology can interact to produce digital beauty and vesatility. Each of the three Lyra fonts contains almost three character sets in a single file. Aside from the usual wealth of alternates normally built into Bouwsma's work, Lyra offers two unique features for the user who appreciates the availability of handy solutions to subtle design space issues: At least three (and as many as six) length variations on ascending and descending forms, and 65 snap-on swashes which can be attached to either end of the majuscules or minuscules. The series also offers 24 dividers and ornaments built into each weight, and a stand-alone font containing 90 stars/snowflakes/flowers, symmetric contstructs for building frames or separators, masking, watermarking, or just good old psychedelia.

Designers: Philip Bouwsma

Publisher: Canada Type

Foundry: Canada Type

Design Owner: Canada Type

MyFonts debut: Jan 21, 2015

Lyra™ is a trademark of Canada Type.