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Munson by PJMiller Munson by PJMiller
There was a typeface by a company called Stephenson Blake Co. in Sheffield.  This typeface was made around 1815 and was called Consort.  It was a bracketed slab serif face with ball terminals where appropriate. I have obtained scanned documents and typeface samples from that era which depict the Consort typeface and I have attempted to re-create the look and style of that typeface in a modern font.

I have photographs of an incomplete set of the Consort typeface, I have filled in the gaps and some of the characters in the Consort typeface were not to my liking so I have designed Munson according to my own aesthetic preferences and with a great deal of artistic license.

There is also much of Clarendon in Munson.  The Clarendon typeface was first made by Robert Besley in London in 1845 and is particularly well known.  Munson is an amalgamation of all these influences, a sort of hybrid between the Consort and Clarendon with some of my own influence thrown in for good measure.

Why ?

Because I needed a 'Clarendon' style typeface and couldn't find any free ones with good quality and a decent design of italic.

There are some passable free Clarendon imitations but most either don't have italics or think that italic means oblique.

Thats why!

This is a font which I have created myself without using anything directly digitaly copied from other fonts.  This typeface is my property.

There was copying but this was done by hand and eye rather than by copy and paste.

22nd July 2017

Updated the files which eliminates a MAJOR problem with the Open Type features and Localisation of languages.  Eveyone who dowloaded the previous version is encouraged to download the update as this solves a major problem with the first release.

4th May 2019

Updated to Version 2.0

This is a major upgrade.  Many small improvements and fixes along with some major changes.  Many more kerning pairs were added and the character spacing was re-done from scratch.

I had intended to add the Cherokee syllabary to Munson but nobody from the Cherokee nation answered my e-mail asking for feedback so I would have been working blind.  It is very easy to make mistakes with an unfamiliar character set if one doesn't know how it is supposed to look and what characteristics are significant so I didn't go ahead with that.

The Cyrillic alphabet was added along with the remaining characters needed to complete the uniform turkik alphabet, the Greek alphabet was also added.

Many open type features were added, Munson now supports sophisticated fractions, small capitals from capitals and capital spacing.  The existing small capitals feature was extended to work with Greek and Cyrillic.

Anchors were added to many characters to support stacking diacritics, thus if a character is followed by a diacritic mark the mark will be correctly positioned relative to that character.  This means you can add diacritics to characters which would not normally have them, this greatly extends the number of languages which can be represented in Munson.

The small capitals feature was also fixed so that it handles the Turkish dotted and dotless i correctly.  Previously dotted i was converted into a dotless i when it was made into a small capital.  This is correct in most languages but in Turkish the dotted i and the dotless i are two different letters.

Subscripts and Scientific inferiors were also added for all lower case letters, numbers and many mathematical operators as well as brackets.  Subscripts are meant to sit on the baseline and Scientific inferiors are meant to bisect the baseline.  My font follows this convention, however you should be aware that most word processors and desktop publishing programs ignore these open type features and generate their own subscripts using a reduced version of the character positioned to bisect the baseline.  They call this 'subscript' even though it is a 'Scientific inferior'.  In my experience word processors and desktop publishing programs do this even if the 'Subscript' or 'Scientific Inferior' open type feature exists in the font so I don't know if these features will be available to users of the font.

Although this font has gone through extensive testing there may still be some bugs which I have missed.  I cannot fix these if I do not know about them so if you have any probelms please let me know on kelvinch at virginmedia dot com.

6th May 2019

I was hoping to finish before midnight so it could be posted on the 5th, oh well ...

Minor update, version 2.1 now has superscript as well as subscript and scientific inferiors. They are aligned to the capital height.  Same restrictions as for subscripts, just numbers, lower case letters, parentheses and some math operators.

Again I think this is a feature which will be ignored by most word processors and desktop publishing programs.  They will ignore the open type feature and roll their own.

But you wanted it so you got it !

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RGB-es Featured By Owner May 24, 2019
Thank you very much! I use XeTeX and sometimes LibreOffice Writer that also has a good OpenType support, so those new features will not be ignored by the styles of my documents! :)
radradder Featured By Owner May 5, 2019
Thanks alot :)
RGB-es Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2019
Not a problem, but a question: superscripts (+sups)? :)

Thanks for all your hard work!
ecto-plazm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I use c2sc in combination with smcp to turn a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters (e.g. James Joyce) into small caps.

Since you're working on a new version, I thought I would mention that I noticed some kerning problems between letter and non-letter glyphs.
This can be witnessed in this rendering of the Bringhurst Kerning Test.

I mentioned sinf but I'm not sure about the difference between subs and sinf.
PJMiller Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2018
Do many people actually use c2sc ?

The difference between subscript and scientific inferiors (subs and sinf) is that subscripts are aligned on the baseline whereas scientific inferiors bisect the baseline.

I included very little kerning in Munson (just the usual suspects) the problems you refer to are with the spacing.  Spacing is the setting of the space before and after the letter to make it fit harmoniously with other letters.  Kerning is the adjustment to the spacing when the shapes of the letters allow them to fit more closely than the normal spacing would have placed them (the classic example is 'AV').

Yes your example shows some problems which I will have to deal with, the most severe of those problems are between italic letters and non italic punctuation symbols, I will have to think about this.

One of the problems with your example is that kerning doesn't work between italic and non-italic characters, the computer regards them as being different fonts therefore there is no pair adjustment.  Maybe if you italicise the punctuation and take another look.

ecto-plazm Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018
I was more concerned about the year range near the end: the en dash is nearly touching the preceding glyph. This happens because the side bearings of the en dash are both zero.
PJMiller Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018
The side bearings of the en dash are both zero so that you can make a horizontal line with them.
ecto-plazm Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2018
I think U+2500 is more suited for this task. The en dash has other uses.
PJMiller Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2018
OK, so I just added reasonable side bearings to en dash and included &2500 in the font but I don't think it will ever get used as just about the only way to get to it is either type ALT + 2500 on the keyboard or use the char map application.

This will be available in Munson 2 when I eventually finish it.
ecto-plazm Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
Great font.

I was wondering if you had considered adding the following OpenType features: c2sc, sups, sinf?
PJMiller Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
I am currently working on Munson version 2.0 which will have Cyrillic and Cherokee.  Also the 'Fractions' open type feature has been completely overhauled (actually copied and pasted from 'Cadman' but with different glyphs).

Tell me what the use case is for 'Capitals to Small Capitals' I have never seen much of a need for this feature, I would be fascinated to find out what use it is.

As for Superscripts and Scientific Inferiors they would be fairly easy to add at this point.

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