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Somatype

Somatype™

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Complete family of 5 fonts: $89.00
Somatype Font Family was designed by James Marsh and published by ArtyType. Somatype contains 5 styles and family package options.

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About Somatype Font Family


As with any attempt at a new typeface, you want to create something different. A difficult task as most legible fonts are based on something previous. Somatype isn't actually based on any particular font but it has unavoidable similarities to others. The important difference here being the distinctive quirk of the connection points going opposite to the norm; exemplified best by the lower case d & e. Once devised, the unique characteristic was applied wherever possible, keeping the rest of the characters in a sympathetic, rounded style. I first designed this in the light weight version, seeing it working best as a large open display font for magazines etc. but realized it would be too light for body copy at small scale, so, medium and bold weights were created to resolve that issue. Incidentally, the word ‘somatype’ literally means body-type.

Designers: James Marsh

Publisher: ArtyType

Foundry: ArtyType

Design Owner: ArtyType

MyFonts debut: Sep 20, 2011

Somatype™ is a trademark of ArtyType.

About ArtyType

ArtyType is the foundry of highly acclaimed illustrator, designer, artist and author James Marsh and the publishing vehicle for his distinctive typographic designs. ArtyType fonts are unique, occasionally experimental, but always very usable. Hence they're never generic or boring! The library features dozens of eye-catching families, including versatile modern text faces, colourful scripts and cutting-edge headline fonts. This growing collection of hand-tuned and versatile fonts provides fantastic design options for any design project. Moreover the range of weights and font styles offers designers real choice.James Marsh has earned international status as a highly acclaimed illustrator, designer, artist and author. Marsh was a former studio manager at Decca Records, and retains strong links with the music industry. At Ink Studios he collaborated on high profile projects for The Beatles & Andy Warhol before forming his own studio.Marsh’s art has adorned countless posters and magazine covers, most notably Time Magazine on numerous occasions. Furthermore, his cover artwork has embellished books by leading authors such as Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, Shakespeare, J.G. Ballard and many more.High profile recording artists boasting album covers designed by Marsh include Jamiroquai & Erasure. James is probably most fondly associated with the seminal 1980’s band Talk Talk however. Their complete catalogue of iconic sleeves were produced by Marsh, so seek out his classic prints if you're a fan.

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