The Heraklion Font Family
Heraklion is a 2018 typeface named after a modern city on the island of Crete. It is based on the letters adbqpc and o which all take a hint from the greek letter E. The construction follows a strict geometric ruleset and a track on the record “Thé Au Harem D’Archimède” by Ricardo Villalobos.
The letters are drawn with their gravity in the metric vertical – instead of resting on a baseline, they dance acrobatically on a string. This allows for a more drastic variation among the glyphs, which no longer have a fixed x-height.
In order to create a simplistic and mathematic character, shapes are constrained to circles and straight lines. The design principles result in a playful expressive set that is surprisingly clear. “A choreography where the individual actors freedom of expression is enclosed in foundational rules that create interconnectivity and belonging.”
Heraklion comes in 6 weights plus italics.