Category Archives: Fonts That Almost Made It

Le Monde Courrier


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A font that almost made it. A serif font designed by Jean François Porchez of Porchez Typo­fonderie, Le Monde Cour­rier attempts to “re-establish a style halfway between writ­ing and printing.”

First, let me say, I love this font! The over­all struc­ture and sys­tem (when viewed on Safari, Chrome, Opera or Fire­fox from my mac) is gor­geous. I want to use it. But I can’t (at least not for extended text).

Unfor­tu­nately, Le Monde Cour­rier has slightly uneven spac­ing at text sizes. For exam­ple, look at the word read­ing (first word, fifth line down) in the top exam­ple at left. The space between the e and a is too loose com­pared to the re and di in the same word. This prob­lem occurs mul­ti­ple times in text, between a vari­ety of let­ter pairs.

And, unfor­tu­nately, the prob­lem gets worse on Win­dows plat­forms (see the lower exam­ple at left, a screen­shot from Safari on Win­dows 7). Let­ters get nar­rower, block­ier, and more loosely spaced. Let­terspac­ing between ed, er, ea, en, and al all get too loose. Granted, the font remains leg­i­ble, but it loses some of its read­abil­ity and grace.

I cat­e­go­rize Le Monde Cour­rier as an “Other Serif” font, because it does not fall neatly into any of the gen­eral his­toric cat­e­gories com­monly used to describe serif type.

Le Monde Cour­rier grace­fully mixes-and-matches approaches to font design. The e, i, and l have italic influ­ence, while most other let­ters are Roman. It has a large x-height, a sin­gle decker g, and an almost mono­line stroke — all of which make the font feel more struc­tured. But it also has gen­er­ous aper­tures, pen-formed ser­ifs, and an implied stress on the bowls — all which help it feel more humanist.

Le Monde Cour­rier is an absolutely lovely font orig­i­nally designed for print. It has a cou­ple of spac­ing and hint­ing issues to work out so it can con­tinue to be absolutely lovely on screen. It’s worth keep­ing an eye on. If we’re lucky, future ver­sions of the font will have bet­ter spac­ing. The web ver­sion of Le Monde Cour­rier has 6 weights and styles and is avail­able from Type­kit.

Filed under "Other Serif", 6 Styles, Fonts That Almost Made It, TypeKit |

Calluna Regular


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A font that almost made it. A Venet­ian serif font by Jos Buiv­enga (, Cal­luna has a smaller x-height than Geor­gia, and works best at a gen­er­ous font-size. Cal­luna feels like an “old” font; it has pen-formed ser­ifs and ter­mi­nals. The ris­ing cross­bar of the low­er­case e is rem­i­nis­cent of early Renais­sance (Venetian/Humanist) letterforms.

calluna exampleUnfor­tu­nately, the font does not hold up across browsers. On Win­dows (XP, 7, Vista) the strokes on the let­ter­forms get very light (thin). The pen-formed head ser­ifs on let­ters such as h, b, d, u, and so on become too promi­nent, and the ris­ing cross­bar on the e becomes jagged and breaks.

The over­all struc­ture, spac­ing, and sys­tem of the font is beau­ti­ful. I had to include it in my col­lec­tion any­way. If you are cre­at­ing a site pri­mar­ily for mac users, Cal­luna will serve you well.

The Cal­luna fam­ily con­sists of 8 fonts (styles, weights). Cal­luna Reg­u­lar is avail­able for free down­load at fontspring. The full fam­ily is avail­able for license at fontspring and for font-linking via type­kit.

Filed under 8 Styles, Fonts That Almost Made It, FontSpring, TypeKit, Venetian (Serif) |