Helfa

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Credits

Designer(s)
Delve Withrington
Foundry(ies)
Delve Fonts
Release Year
2011
Country of Origin
United States
Classification
Serif
Original Format
Digital
Distributor(s)
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Tags
academic, book, curve, delight, gesture, lilt, patient, serif, smart, taper, text

Background

Helfa is a typeface that has been thoughtfully planned, lovingly drawn, and carefully crafted by Delve Withrington. Although a new, original type design Helfa will at once seem like an old friend. With a range of five useful weights and five corresponding true italics all in OpenType format, Helfa is a typeface that has what is needed to do the job right.

Readability is baked in with a generous x-height, fine proportions that have a medium height to width ratio, and reasonable contrast in stroke weight variation. The letter shapes are individually drawn to be distinctive, not simply mirrored or rotated. The sturdy, bracketed serifs hold up confidently below twelve points. Helfa can be relied upon for setting lengthy texts at smaller sizes but is still readily applicable to a number of other tasks.

There is enough subtle detail in Helfa to hold interest at larger point sizes too. The stems are not straight lines but curve inward very slightly towards the middle. The serifs are subtley cupped and taper to a finish at shallow angles. The curved strokes have stress strategically located along the circumference and the wedge brush shaped terminal is a recurring feature throughout the typeface, especially in the italics.

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Last edited by Dave Dawson on December 10, 2011, 12:29am EST

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