Tosh- A hybrid contemporary multiscript font
Tosh typeface is a hybridization between geometric mechanical forms and an organic spirit. Its unique and resolutely contemporary DNA is expressed in a sans-serif style and consists of two twin typeface families: Tosh A and Tosh B.
Both express themselves with a common language but have their own specificities. Tosh A is the more geometric of the two variants, while Tosh B is more constructed. Their common strength is to play with a combination of forms to create a vibrant reading rhythm.
Tosh B has more slab serifs for on-the-fly ligature generation, such as on the "d", "g" and "q", etc. A and B are both raw because their letterforms feature almost no modulation. Tosh A's capital "C", "G", "O", "Q" and lowercase "a" and "e" are almost perfectly round. While Tosh B jettisons that well-trodden geometric path for letters with an even more naïve design language: Typically-circular letters have straight sides there, such as in the diagonal-shaped bowl of the "a" or the flat bottoms on the "b" and "e". In both version, the tops of the lowercase ascenders come to the exact height as tops of the capital letters.
Tosh's character set includes support for languages using Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic scripts, ranging on 6 weights (Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Black). This panel of weights makes it flexible to different uses and gives voice to the richness of its design. Tosh Regular will provide a perfect readability in a text. The Thin version reveals all the finesse and delicacy behind the apparent rawness of this typeface. While Tosh Black will stand out particularly impactful used as a titling character.
The various scripts that Tosh covers also have their own variants between the A and B versions. In Cyrillic, the letter "Že" will have a very graphic and minimalist look in the B version, while the A version will be composed of a flat bar that will give it a robust look. In the same way, the letter "Dé" will have a completely different construction according to the two variants. In Tosh A the design includes a curve that gives its stature a certain elegance, while the B version will show it in a more strict and visually symmetrical version.
The design of the Arabic script is inspired by the Kufi calligraphy style, which has become a major reference in line with the geometric aspect that characterizes Tosh. In Tosh A, we further simplified the variations of the letter shapes based on their positions, in order to reinforce this geometric impression. For example, the letter "meem" always takes the shape of a perfect circle. Tosh B, while constructed mainly in the Kufi style, mixes in some details of the Naskh style, which is more traditional and the most widely used writing style for typesetting Arabic text. This hybridization aims to reference the humanist side of Tosh B. The design of Tosh Latin and Cyrillic are also characterized by a variations of letters widths and proportions, and the Arabic script lends itself perfectly to the variations of proportions, which is one of the main characteristics we tried to emphasize in Tosh Arabic.
Many of Tosh's characters burst out of their boundaries, and this is a key feature of the typeface. Ligatures develop on-the-fly, not just as OpenType substitutions, because part of one letter often overlaps the next. The right side of the "k", for instance – or either side of the "r" – naturally fuses with several other letters, including "i" and "t". The top of Tosh's "f" juts out over the character following it, too. This modern hybrid mixes raw geometry, leading to the unexpected.
Tosh B's numerals are particularly expressive, especially the tabular "1", the closed-top forms on the "2", a descending "5" and the flat tops on "3" and "6", along with the bottom of the "9".
Tosh A and Tosh B each include discretionary "ct" and "st" ligatures and includes a robust collection of currency symbols. Finally, Tosh has dozens of arrows and other graphic ornaments with designs that are both reduced and playful at the same time.
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