Alverata font by Gerard Unger (TypeTogether foundry) is a contemporary font family with a reverence to the Romanesque capitals in inscriptions of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. It is a follower of the early twentieth-century model, but tweaked so as to prevent blandness and monotony.
Alverata font is highly legible and equally beautiful on screen and on paper. Its letters are open and friendly in small sizes and lively and attractive in large sizes. They are robust, and show refinement in their detail.
Alverata font family is a comprehensive set with versions for both formal and informal applications, and with Greek and Cyrillic relatives. Alverata font includes three different fonts: Alverata, Alverata Irregular and Alverata Informal, that vary in form and width, but maintain the same spirit. The Irregular version is particularly inspired by the Insular letterforms, the uncials, and their constantly changing positioning.
Alverata type family can boast with a wide language support for Europe’s diversity of languages, combining contemporary typographical practices with features of medieval letterforms, from the time when Europe came into being. Visually, some written languages, such as Czech and Maltese, differ quite strongly from languages like English and German, notably because of their many accented characters. While other typefaces will show this difference, Alverata discards it. As a result, Alverata font enables smooth convergence of languages.
For the development of the Greek letterforms, Unger collaborated with Gerry Leonidas (University of Reading) and Irene Vlachou (Athens), and with Tom Grace on the Cyrillic letterforms.
Gerard Unger studied graphic design, typography and type design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He teaches as visiting Professor at The University of Reading, UK, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, and he is Professor of Typography at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has been awarded several Dutch and international prizes and honours, such as two honorary doctorates by the universities of Hasselt, Belgium and Tallinn, Estonia.
TypeTogether is an independent type foundry developed out of the desire to publish high quality typefaces and to collaborate on new type projects together. This small but highly specialized company is working closely with their clients to accomplish their goals and to respond quickly to their requirements offering custom modifications and specially tailored typefaces. The quality of their work has been already recognized in several international competitions, including TDC and ED-Awards.
Latin – Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Scottish), Galician, German, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Indonesian, Interlingua, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Occitan, Palauan, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan , Romani, Romanian, Romansh, Sami (Inari), Sami(Lule), Sami (Northern), Sami (Southern), Samoan, Sango, Serbian, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish (Castillian), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese;
Cyrillic – Abaza, Adyghe, Aghul, Akhvakh, Altay, Archi, Avar, Karachay-Balkar, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chechen, Chukchi, Chuvash, Dargwa, Erzya, Evenki, Gagauz, Godoberi, Ingush, Kabardian, Juhuri, Kumyk, Khwarshi, Komi, Koryak, Lak, Lezgi, Lingua Franca Nova, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Nanai, Nogai, Ossetian, Russian, Ruthenian, Rutul, Serbian, Shor, Slovio;
Greek – Greek, Greek polytonic;
Designers: Gerard Unger