We are pleased to announce the release of Virus DejaVu and Virus VujaDe — our versions of the DejaVu font project — fourteen open-source fonts available for download on VirusFonts, free for all.
The Virus DejaVu (VDV) project was conceived as a key element of the design for the visual identities for the Ukrainian cultural centre, Mystetskyi Arsenal and the first Kyiv Biennale of contemporary art, Arsenale 2012.For the release of VDV, Virus have redrawn a number of Latin and Cyrillic characters across 13 fonts (Sans, Serif and Mono) and have manually re-spaced 9 fonts (Sans and Serif) in order to create more harmonious compositions. Barnbrook’s decision to develop a pre-existing open source font project as the typographic bedrock of these visual identities was an active acknowledgement of contemporary developments in digital technology and creative online communities. An approach that placed the notion of collaboration ahead of refined aesthetics — it is in this spirit that our versions are being released into the ether.
In addition to the development of the existing DejaVu fonts Virus are releasing Virus VujaDe (VVD), an exploratory weight that draws on the extended glyph palettes of the regular DejaVu fonts.
VVD is essentially a typographic remix project, combining analphabetic glyphs, foreign scripts and symbols to create a palette of four alternate characters of each letter/number in Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The result is a new and disorientating font that results in apparently random juxtapositions as the user types.
Please note: VVD is NOT guaranteed to work on all OS/across all software packages. The random script we used is a quick hack designed for internal use on one project. We invite you to expand, improve and develop this function for future incarnations.
Virus are releasing VDV and VVD under the same open-source license as the original DejaVu fonts — allowing derivative works (as long as Bitstream or Vera are not in the names), and full redistribution (so long as they are not *sold* by themselves). They can be be bundled, redistributed and sold with any software.