JY Shapa (from the Slovenian word for paw) is a very interesting semicondensed serif typeface with quite distinctive individual appearance. It looks handwritten with its roots embedded in the fine art of the calligraphy. Indeed, as with so many beautiful things, its origins are quite ordinary. It began its life as ball-point pen scribbles of letters during a rather boring conference. They were then forgotten but luckily found again. The sketches soon turned into a beautiful typeface. In fact it is a very fresh idea that defines the pattern of this font family. JY Shapa’s designer Jure Stojan decided to give different look for the upper and the lower halves of the letters. Whereas the upper ones are more conservative, the lower are more decorative and created with more fantasy in order to add more individuality. The result is an eye-catching font family suitable for plenty of applications, mostly for display purposes.
JY Shapa comes in six weights – Light, Regular and Bold with their respective Italics. The Italics are more vigorous and off-beat and will add plenty of dynamics to any type project. There are more than 5000 kerning pairs for each font and plenty of OpenType features like small caps, nominators and denominators, superior lowercase, etc.
JY Shapa font is designed by the Slovenian designer Jure Stojan and is released by JY&A type foundry. It is a perfect partnership where a highly talented designer works for a big type foundry with a very solid background. The New Zealand based JY&A (Jack Jan & Associates) type foundry was founded in 1987 and has been offering commercial type designs since 1994. It is the biggest foundry in Australasia with its founder Jack Jan one of the most prominent names in this field.
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Supported languages: Albanian, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh
Designer: Jure Stojan