8 Dezember 2015
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Declination: Clockwise 13°

In navigation, the angle between magnetic north (the direction the needle of a compass points) and true north (the direction along a meridian towards the geographic North Pole) is called magnetic declination. This angle varies depending on the geographical position on the Earth's surface. In Switzerland, it is about 1,5° — a figure that decreases annually. This term, however, is absent from the lexicon of typography. Type designers speak instead of the cursive angles of italic fonts. Lunica’s cursive angle is 13°.

Today, just over a year after launching its upright styles, I am pleased to announce the arrival of Lunica Italics. After assessing each letter for that magical 13°, I’m also very happy to report that the tilt of my head has returned to its normal position.

Lunica Italics have a number of additional characters opposite to the roman cuts. There are 508 glyphs in total as this quick run-through shows: → Vimeo.

In January 2016, this extension will also be available for the upright styles, covering about 206 languages. All users will automatically receive a free update to their font files. 



Lunica in Use

Personally, I prefer Lunica’s lowercase letters. They are supple and friendly — not nearly as majestic as their capital relatives. Most interesting for me is to see how much other designers like to work with the capitals. Here are some examples: →
Lunica in use by for
The graphic design studio Unfolded from Zürich designed a flyer series that covers events for the Departement of Art & Media Bachelor’s program at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Beautifully done! →

My friend, the designer and artist Olivier Rossel, presented a publication called “Spiegel, Antik” (Mirror, Antique) published by Edition Haus am Gern at the “I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel.” →  →  →

Lunica in Yearbook of Type II by
In October, Lunica was featured in “Yearbook of Type 2” by Slanted Publishers and Niggli Verlag. This compendium provides an overview of the diversity of new releases from around the world — from large publishing houses to small, independent type designers. →


Classically Neoclassical

I actually wanted to finish the Lunica family with the four italic cuts so that I could finally pursue my other projects. My intention with Lunica was to create a classic serif font with a constant line weight. This contradiction — serif fonts are characterized, among other things, by a high degree of contrast between horizontal and vertical strokes — gives Lunica an unusual and distinctive character. Now, I’m interested in the inverse of this concept: the junction between the two extreme styles. 

With the horizontal stroke thickness kept “thin” and the vertical “medium,” the resulting typeface comes close to a Didone. Bodoni and Didot are two known examples of this class from the late 18th century. “Lunica Text,” which could be the name for this related and relatively ordinary serif typeface, would be a nice supplement to the display font and will be one of my next projects. 


Test and Buy

Want to give Lunica a try? I’m happy to send out OpenType trial fonts covering the characters A–Z, a–z, and 0–9 on request. These can be easily installed and tested.

Lunica is available to purchase from CHF 45.– per single style for print and web. →

You’ll find more information about Lunica in the sample PDF; or follow me on Twitter for more news.

Best Wishes, 
Thomas Hirter

Translation by Sara Y. Cunningham
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