Comfortaa is a sans-serif typeface created by Johan Aakerlund, a young and very talented, self-taught font designer from Denmark who has been creating fonts for around 2 years now. I asked Johan what inspired him to create Comfortaa, and he responded, “What really got me interested in fonts in the first place was actually a documentary on Helvetica that i watched. At that time my favorite font was Century Gothic, but I wanted a softer (and plainly different) alternative, but with some of the same qualities as Century Gothic. So after searching a while without finding one I decided to try and design it myself.” He has named it Comfortaa because of his goal of making it ‘comfortable.’
Comfortaa’s coverage is also great. Fedora’s design team has been running a trial of Comfortaa to see if it’d be a suitable headline font for Fedora, and we’ve found it has much better glyph coverage in our languages than our current headline font, MgOpen Modata. One big win, for example, is Comfortaa’s Cyrillic support (it looks like only ‘Ҙ’ ‘Ҫ’ ‘Ҡ’ and ‘Ӏ’ are missing below):
Comfortaa is a clean & contemporary font that will serve you well as a heading font and in logo treatments. For example,
Luya Tshimbalanga (who first introduced the Fedora Design team to Comfortaa) used this font in the headlines for Muffin, the French Fedora user magazine (MgOpen Modata didn’t have sufficient glyphs for French!) Emily Dirsh, our recent design bountry winner also used it as a headline font in the Fedora slide presentation template. Typographically-speaking, Comfortaa can be considered a geometric sans serif font; geometric because some of the letterforms are based around geometric forms, such as the lowercase ‘a’ and ‘o’ being so close to perfect circles. The width of the letterforms is also quite uniform (meaning it’s not a humanist font.)
- Fedora Font Wishlist Entry:https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Comfortaa
- Upstream Homepage: http://aajohan.deviantart.com/art/Comfortaa-font-105395949
So, you want to package Comfortaa?
The Fedora design team is planning to replace MgOpen Modata with Comfortaa in our brand guidelines. Getting Comfortaa packaged into Fedora is then a very important step. So if you would be willing to help us out, it would be very much appreciated, not just to expand the range of fonts available in Fedora but also to help improve Fedora’s branding!
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:
Yes, font blog posts are back! Probably not weekly though. I’ll give monthly a shot! :).