Unpackaged Font of the Week

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Cyklop

Cyklop is a high-contrast sans-serif font. Because this font is so bold and has such high contrast, it would work well in treatments where you would like to call attention to some particular piece of information. For example, if you were designing a poster to hang up on a bulletin board and wanted to catch the attention of passers by – try using Cyklop with a catchy phrase in a large point size on the page.

Thanks goes to Janusz Marian Nowacki for creating the font from the historical typeface design – the typeface was designed in the 1920s – “at the workshop of Warsaw type foundry “Odlewnia Czcionek J. Idzkowski i S-ka” according to the upstream homepage. I do get a 1920’s vibe from it, but it also kind of reminds me of a retro view of the future (thus the ‘outer space!’ type sample I came up with. 🙂 ) Hopefully this isn’t too terrible an abuse of the typeface.

Many of you have asked for some notes on the font coverage in these posts. Cyklop has some coverage beyond basic Latin – the Latin Supplementary coverage is quite good and the the Latin Extended A coverage is not too bad either.

So, you want to package Cyklop?

Wonderful! You’re amazing! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header:

Our fonts packaging policy, which the above refers to, is documented here:

And if you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate to ask on the Fedora Fonts SIG mailing list:

Previously-Featured Fonts Updates

I wanted to update you on the status of some of the fonts previously featured here:

Fonts Still in Need of Your Love

These fonts were previously highlighted but still need your love so they can be packaged!

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


5 thoughts on “Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Cyklop

  1. How can I visually browse all fonts in Fedora? (before installing them).

    Posted by imonkeys | December 2, 2009, 9:50 am
  2. Hi Máirín,

    If you want to check the coverage of a font quickly you can do

    FC_DEBUG=256 fc-query font-file

    … and look at the language list at the beginnging of the output file ( foo(x) means x glyphs are missing for foo support so you want the entries with a zero number)

    Posted by Nicolas Mailhot | December 2, 2009, 10:30 am


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