Junction is a humanist sans-serif typeface developed by Caroline Hadilaksono. The font actually reminds me a lot of Myriad which is very popular humanist sans-serif typeface – but Junction has some unique personality traits to it. Check out that uppercase ‘D’ in my type sample above – it kind of looks like a tongue sticking out at you! It’s a spicy font
Typography terminology is a bit intimidating, but I’ve been reading up a bit on the history of type and its terminology to help make this series of posts more useful. I’m about halfway through Ellen Lupton’s excellent typography book Thinking With Type and the first section of the book details the history of type from calligraphy to metal blocks to fonts on a computer. Really fascinating stuff and a very enjoyable read.
That being said, I wanted to point out that Junction is a humanist sans-serif typeface. Humanist refers to the calligraphic-like way the strokes of letters are ended and how the line widths are not one consistent width but vary depending on where in the letter they are (unlike Helvetica or Futura, where the line widths are very consistent and don’t vary at all.) Humanist typefaces I think are called ‘humanist’ because they reference / are influenced by how the human hand produces lettermarks. Sans-serif refers to the fact that the type does not have serifs, or little ‘ink wells’ at the end of each stroke (in contrast to a font like Times New Roman which does.) I believe since serifs can be difficult to render cleanly on a pixel-grid in the sizes typically used for body text, sans-serif fonts tend to be easier to read on pixel-based displays.
So, you can use Junction to give an organic feel to your text while at the same time allowing it to display crisply & cleanly on a computer screen.
- Fedora Font Wishlist Entry:http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/TLOMT_Junction_fonts
- Upstream Homepage: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
So, you want to package Junction?
Legend. You’re kickin’! 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:
Last Week’s Font
On the future of these posts
I’ve taken a couple weeks’ break for the holidays and I’ve decided that once a month I’ll feature a cool unpackaged piece of FLOSS software rather than a font. So each month will have 3-4 font highlights and 1 software highlight. Thanks to everyone who responded to my call for feedback!