New Font: Doctrine Italic

24/06/2014

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When Doctrine launched in 2013, it was the first to be released by the foundry in four years and found its debut outing on the new David Bowie album The Next Day. It is now the most purchased typeface on VirusFonts and has been updated for 2014 with a full set of italics.

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Doctrine sits within a lineage of VirusFonts typefaces that set out to explore the links between ideology, language and typography. In the case of Doctrine, the stencil livery of Air Koryo – the world’s only one star airline – provided the aesthetic starting point for a contemporary, human interpretation of the neo-grotesque model, that most ideological of typographic forms. Looking back to the original inspiration, Doctrine is accompanied by a stencil display face, Doctrine Stencil.

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Unlike the conventional neo-grotesque model which typically features an oblique character set, Doctrine features true italics. Italics were originally developed by 16th century Venetian printers as a device to save space – today we use italics to add emphasis or highlight names. Typically true italics are narrow in width unlike obliques, which are characterised by a slanted angle and widths equal to regular roman.

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Doctrine Italic includes all of your favourite OpenType features: stylistic alternates, ligatures and multiple figure styles. In a nod to typographic history, Doctrine’s twenty-first century ligatures inject a curious typographic twist into your text setting.

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Stylistic alternates draw inspiration from a diverse range of sources including direct references the Air Koryo livery as well as Edward Johnston’s influential London Underground humanist sans-serif, and Paul Renner’s experimental drawings for Futura. By blending quirky modernism and experimental geometry, Doctrine is perfectly placed to express the spirit of these uncertain times.

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Brush up on your Kurdish and Zulu because Doctrine Italic features support for 72 languages as part of the Latin and Latin extended-A Unicode ranges.

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Doctrine includes four figure styles, two proportional (variable width) styles and two tabular (fixed width). The default figure style is proportional lining – full cap height figures that work best with all-caps settings. Oldstyle figures are designed with ascenders and descenders and have proportions compatible with the lowercase characters for minimal disruption when setting body text. For setting numbers in tables, both lining and old style tabular figures are included.

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