New Fonts: Volte Rounded, Diodrum Cyrillic and Diodrum Greek

Meet the newest members of two of our most-popular sans serif families

ITF published the Volte and Diodrum families in 2015. Since these were well-received, we are pleased to announce new additions for each family. Volte Latin is now joined by Volte Rounded. Like Volte, which also has a Devanagari available, Diodrum has been a multi-script design for months. The initial Diodrum Latin release was followed by Diodrum Arabic in January 2016. They are now joined by Diodrum Cyrillic and Diodrum Greek, the Indian Type Foundry’s first-ever typefaces for these scripts.

Volte Rounded

As long as letters have been written, scholars have sought to understand the pure geometry at the heart of their structure. Some writing systems appear more geometric than others, but designers have tried amplify every script’s inherent geometry at one point or another. In the case of the Latin script, geometric sans serif letters have been popular since their introduction in the 1920s. The geometric sans category speaks to many architects, artists, engineers, fashion designers, graphic designers, and musicians in a way almost no other kind of letter can. Since Volte’s release in February 2015, this geometric sans has proved popular with our customers. Like the original Volte family, this month’s Rounded extension was designed in Ahmedabad by Namrata Goyal.

Volte Rounded’s five styles range in weight from a Light through Bold. The “Rounded” suffix to the name refers to the stroke endings. These aren’t softened-up corners; Volte Rounded features full-on sausage-style terminals. The characters’ strokes are low-contrast, even in bolder weights. Both Because Volte Rounded’s proportions are so geometric, its letters’ outer shapes are very similar, especially ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘O’, ‘c’, ‘o’, etc. The exterior curves of the ‘O’ and ‘o’ are almost perfect circles. Counterforms are also as close to being perfect circles as possible. Large counters, combined with open apertures, maximise the letterforms’ interior space. By dispensing with a horizontal bar on the capital ‘G’, for instance, the letter is made simpler, and its counter is enlarged, too. Wide apexes – where diagonals come together, such as in ‘A’, ‘V’, and ‘W’ – improve the evenness of fonts’ letter-spacing. In each Volte Rounded font, letter-spacing reflects counterform size. This means that the advance widths of the Bold’s characters are actually smaller than those of the Light. The numerals have streamlined forms. Since these are also narrow, they easily fit into strings of either uppercase or lowercase text. The tops of the numerals align with the uppercase height, and the lowercase’s ascenders extended above the cap height slightly.

Volte and Volte Rounded diverge from typical geometric sans serifs typefaces in their attractive details, such as their straight-topped ‘3’ or the curled outstrokes on ‘t’ and ‘y.’ The ‘R’ has a straight leg. The ‘a’ and ‘g’ are single-storey, and the ‘u’ is both spurless and symmetrical. The high degree of design simplification is even visible in the typeface’s diacritics and punctuation marks. While this is most obvious in the question mark, the design of the cedilla is also noteworthy. Not only has its structure been simplified, but the mark also attaches to a characters’ base.

Diodrum Cryrillic & Greek

‘Spurless’ typefaces feature smooth transitions from letters’ stems into their curved strokes. Diodrum Latin is a spurless sans, and a quick look at any of the lowercase n’s in the family illustrates this perfectly. In typical sans serif faces, there might still be spur on top of the letter’s top-left corner; here, it has been removed. Just like Volte, Diodrum Latin has proven to be one of ITF’s most-popular recent releases since it was first published in May 2015. This September, we are pleased to publish two follow-ups to our successful Diodrum series. In addition to Diodrum Latin and Diodrum Arabic, ITF now has Diodrum Cyrillic and Diodrum Greek on offer.

Diodrum Cyrillic and Diodrum Greek were designed in Paris by Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak. Each family contains six weights: Extralight, Light, Regular, Medium, Semibold and Bold. Because of its multiple weights, versatile range, and formal style, Diodrum Cyrillic and Diodrum Greek are an excellent choice for usage in Corporate Design and UI/UX Design applications, just like Diodrum Latin. Each font in the Diodrum Cyrillic family includes 604 glyphs – that is the full Diodrum Latin character set, plus over 200 additional Cyrillic glyphs. Diodrum Greek’s fonts have a 457-glyph character set; this offers full Latin-script support, plus Monotonic Greek.

While some Diodrum letters include a modicum of stroke contrast, the typeface’s design is generally monolinear. The x-height is high, and counterforms are large and open. This makes Diodrum appear friendly, in addition to being legible. Several of Diodrum Greek’s letters do have in and outstrokes that might look like spurs. Instead of breaking with the spirit of the Diodrum Latin design, these elements help cement Diodrum Greek’s script appropriateness. Everywhere else, the characters of the scripts harmonise well; both have the same treatment of terminals, and both interpret diagonal elements into swelling curves.