Jan Charvát was born more than 35 years ago. Studied programming graphical applications at Czech Technical University in Prague. After finishing school he went freelance and also worked for 10 years in TV as an evening news graphic operator. He moved to Germany and worked for Monotype as a Font Engineer and there he specialized in scripting and large family production with a focus on diacritics. Now back in Prague he's a Freelancer and Teacher of Type theory and graphic design at two major higher education schools.
Zuzana Konečná studied interactive graphics on VOŠ Václava Hollara in Prague. She joined the studio during her 2nd year and started to spcialize in type design. She finished her degree with a thesis on backslanted italics. Now her focus is on website development, hinting and QA. She is also one of the core team of Typohorky type design workshop.
Hela is a high contrast rounded font with interplation twist. The bundle includes 7 weights, inline and color style! Try basic for free or buy one (1-5 PCs) with latin extended character set for €50.
Buřt is a fat and wide fire burned sausage. It has an extra uppercase sauce, which is wider or narrower. Its interesting to see the burns of x, y glyphs. 9 bangers altogether, 3 regulars, 3 mediums, 3 fats. Very nice for a main dish or just as a starter. 3 styles of one kind for €50, whole family €90!TEST IT OUT:
ALL 3 REGULARS
ALL 3 MEDIUMS
ALL 3 FATS
ALL 3 NARROWS
ALL 3 NORMAL WIDTHS
ALL 3 WIDES
WHOLE FAMILY 9 FONTS
Velodroma is display sans serif, probably one of the widest typefaces ever made. But the widest is not the only thing you get. You get regular and wide too and in one font, so you can combine them together. And if you do not want to do it by yourself the typeface will do it for you through stylistic sets. Be aware that this works only in Indesign by this time, but all the characters are available through wide and superwide styles in other apps too. There are also stylistc sets which will do pseudorandom spaces in between your letters so you can go really crazy with all the stylistic sets combined together. Full family package 3 regular and 3 inline styles
Try it with basic for free or buy the whole pack (1-5 PCs) with latin extended character set for €50.
Deus is when type design is brought to extreme. It tries to answer the question whether you can design all glyphs in one axis of stress. It does not try to be all purpose, usefull at all sizes, legible or readable and most of all it does not try to be neutral. It has its own style you either accept or not. But if you do so. It has many great stuff inside. Every glyph has the same width across four masters, so you can change the style in one title or even make an animation out of that. It also has some cool animated emojis, so make sure you take all four styles!s That's someting right, introductory offer for only €50. Wanna try it? yes, there are demo styles available.TEST IT OUT: ANIMATE
ALL 4 STYLES
Rack came to me one night before bedime with no meaning, no sense to me. It just came and used me as a tool and I did my best. Nothing more, nothing less. Here's the result of my latest skill and knowledge. I really enjoyed working on it and it was really fun designing all the different shapes. Tens of them ended up in trash - too wierd, too simple, too complicated, you name it. Toughest part of the design was fining the right combination for each set of glyphs (lowercase, uppercase). Enjoy!
Rack is unicase, but consits of two different alphabets, both of them fully latin-extended charset. You can even mix the cases as you like. There are some emojis like german card symbols, money, eyes or pile of poo. With the eyes and poo you can even choose which way they will look through stylistic set. Try it with basic for free or buy one (1-5 PCs) with latin extended character set for €30.
Maso (meat) is digitalization of signage from famous butcher shop in Liberec, Czech Republic. The facade is having three words: ŘEZNICTVÍ, UZENÁŘSTVÍ and MASO. This font consists not only of uppercase, but also lowercase, figures, fractions, punctuation and not to forget 52 emojis reated to meat or butcher shop visuality. Easy to use on menu or price list with tabular numbers. It has 17 OT features including 8 alternates of glyphs. Try it with basic for free or buy one (1-5 PCs) with latin extended character set for €40.
Got an idea or some sketches and you don't want to spend time developing font from it? Or you even got the glyphs already vectorized for exmaple in Illustrator but no software to create font? I happy to do it for you. It's not easy to know all the special settings for every kind of font. But lucky you are - We can produce both kinds of desktop fonts and webfonts too.
You have your font in a shelf for few months or years, but you never had time to finish it? Or you have to finish your font pretty quickly and you don't have the time or skill to do it? We can take care of it. We'er professional engineers and we can help you producing font or a family of fonts.
LARGE FAMILY PRODUCTION
If you are building big family of fonts, it is not always easy to set up all the weights and widths correctly. Unfortunately for us Font Designers / Engineers Word is still most used text editor and its behavior is sometimes unexpected and you can not see the styles properly. I'm used to produce huge families with more then 50 fonts. We can take care of your family (not the Sicilian way =))
We're comming from land with many different accents and we understand most of the meanings and principles of latin diacritics. It is not a rocket science to do a tcaron or aogonek but nevertheless most of the fonts have it wrong, if they have it at all. We can check diacritics of your font for you, or even develop it for you.
METRICS / KERNING
Metrics are esential part of a design. As you draw black parts of your font, sometimes you loose track of the white parts. It always helps to have somebody to look at it and maybe fix some things you missed over the months spend on the aplhabet. We can also take care of karning, which is one of the most time consuming nad boring thing while finishing a font. We use semi-automatic scripting to make it faster and more complex.
If you were around for last few years, you probably haven't missed that thing. If you were around 20 years ago, you may heard about it too. Yes, it is back and now it is working for everybody. Variations fonts can hold huge family in one compressed font file. Some browsers already supports it and some Adobe CC apps too. We can help you to be ready for the next font revolution.
WEBFONTS / HINTING
Oh webfonts... Every client wants them, but it not easy to build them properly. Windows XP, 2000, 7, 8, 10, IE, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari, v11.4.1, v63.2.6, v42.6. It is a mess to be honest, but there are possibilities to make it work as good as possible. And if you care about hinting We can help you find the best autohinting solution or even hint you a font manually.
scripting / lecturing
You have a special feature in your font, but you don't want to do all the work by hand. It is very possible, that your pain can be solved by scripting. Tell us your problem and We will write a script for you.
If you are teaching type design and you would like to help your students to begin with a font designing software I'm very happy to help you. We can also give them an advanced lecure or scripting lecture. I've had a few workshops and lectures on topis of designing and engineering a font and I a teacher and I love this job.
"I worked with Jan on few type design oriented projects. He also wrote me some scripts for Glyphs, that saved loads of hours of endless work. He is carefull and he has broad knowledge of type design and production."
Malvina A. Lubec
"I had the pleasure of working with Jan on several projects by now. He is responsible, organised and extremely precise, that’s why it was always a true joy to work with. Beside that, his humour and good nature make long nights and tight deadlines much easier to achieve."
"Jan is very reliable collaborator. He keeps his word regarding all he promise. So I can fully trust him in quality of design, technical parts, time-schedules and pricing. I can share anytime any issue with him and he is always trying to find solution."
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