Astronef Super, a new design by Jean François Porchez borrows from the charm of retro-futuristic universes. It is deliberately excessive in his stylistic choices, because his glyphs are intended to be remixed, mixed through his variants.
Without concessions, and even radical, the Astronef Super, declined in seven styles, pushes the weight limits as far as possible systematically while preserving a unique design.
Astronef Super: how its started?
The Astronef Super could be considered as the “Spin-off” of the Astronef currently being designed, that will offer an important variation of styles in seven widths and many weights. Of course the Astronef, is wiser in his drawing, it places himself in the tradition of the Univers more than the Helvetica.
Genesis and the creative process
The idea for an Astronef Super comes from an excerpt from a 60s TV show which shows a logo in the background with a very bold S and this super thin in the middle.
Drawing the Super is going beyond the acceptable, without taking yourself seriously, while remaining compatible with seven weights imagined for the basic Astronef.
The Astronef is already modular in its design. The brief then becomes simple for the Super: accentuate the strongest weights of the Astronef by minimizing the counterform that will remain constant for the seven styles. It is the mass effect that maintains the overall cohesion of the Astronef Super family.
The distribution of horizontal weights is not at all similar between an Extended and a Compress, the ratio changes throughout the family. The transition to Astronef Super Normal, then Astronef Super Compress produces unexpected effects. Astronef Super Extended is very heavy in its vertical stems. But as soon as letters have natural counters, F, capital T, and Z, consistency is more complex to maintain, because at the same time, the regularity of alignments is maintained through the family. The weight distribution of the Astronef Super Compress is inverse to that of the Astronef Super Extended. Steps are needed to make the whole thing more coherent.
The generous height of the lowercases of the Astronef Super, combined with small capitals — compatible in their alignments — allows unexpected combinations in your headlines. In addition, the capital and lowercase forms mix because they are declined both on heights of capital and lowercase positions, like “unicase” alphabets. The OpenType features from Soft to Peignot Style, up to a slightly crazy Remix, which mixes everything, makes it easy to change the look of a text. Astronef Super dingbats come in a variety of widths, allowing for different textures.
Using the Astronef Super in large size is a real pleasure, it is a very identifiable typeface family, recognizable immediately. Undeniably, choosing the Astronef Super in your designs is not insignificant. This typeface used in large sizes will strengthen your graphic identities.
Astronef Super digital exclusive PRO fonts includes 909 glyphs, extended language support, 4 sets of numerals, capitals, small, lowercases, superiors, ligatures, alternates, dingbats, etc. The new Astronef Super fonts in OpenType format are available in Web and ePub, Appp format. Download the specimen pdf for all the details about advanced typography features.
How to use Astronef Super?
You have understood, the idea is not to follow to the letter our examples made in not very serious wink, changing the big international brands! It is above all a way to show you that the Astronef Super has strong visual qualities that must be exploited in your contemporary creations. See our Fonts in use section for more.