Tarsus and Ennore: Two sturdy serif families

Two sturdy serif fonts for texts of all kinds

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Tarsus and Ennore are the two newest Latin-script serif families from the Indian Type Foundry. While these two typefaces bear similarities, they aren’t interchangeable; each has been developed to excel at different tasks. Tarsus is a sturdy text typeface that can handle any environment you throw it into, even newsprint. It features sharp, wedge-like serifs and open counter forms. Text set in small sizes remains quite legible. The family includes five fonts, running a weight range from Light to Bold. Tarsus Light is very low in contrast, but as the family’s weights grow bolder, their stroke contrast increases, too.

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At first glance, Ennore is a similar design. However, its glyphs are much smaller on the body than Tarsus’s are. If you equalise the x-heights of both designs, you’ll see that Ennore has longer ascenders, and its counters are even more open. Ennore’s letterforms feature bracketed serifs, instead of wedges. These curves give text set in Ennore a bit more nuance. Like Tarsus, Ennore includes five font weights. All of them have clear stroke contrast, even the Light weight. This makes Ennore more suited for display usage, while Tarsus is the better option for smaller-sized type. Ennore is an excellent face for editorial designers.

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And the typeface’s names? Ennore is a Chennai suburb, while Tarsus is a term with much more meaning. In present-day medicine and zoology, it describes a bone in the foot. There is also a historic city in south-central Turkey called Tarsus. Tarsus’s numerals are oldstyle figures – the better option for running text – while Ennore’s are proportional lining figures. All of the fonts in the Tarsus and Ennore families have a character set of 385 glyphs, which supports all European languages written with the Latin script. Tarsus was designed in 2014–15 by Khyati Trehan and ITF; Ennore was designed in 2015 by Nikhil Ranganathan and ITF.