Polenta font family

Philip Bouwsma

Using digital technology, Philip Bouwsma synthesizes contemporary type styles with traditional and historic scripts and symbols from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. A lifelong calligrapher, Bouwsma also expresses his passion for the calligraphic form into his work. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in history and Greek. His love of letters, however, lured him away from arcane history to a career filled with art, design and the alphabet. Over the years, Bouwsma has worked as a book and advertising designer, has created and exhibited fine art, and has taught and produced art-jewelry.
Still an avid student of history, Bouwsma’s goal is to create an authentic font for every major historic script. He does not, however, limit himself to traditional calligraphic designs. His creative genius and exceptional talent have also produced a wide range of contemporary display fonts.


Desktop fonts are designed to be installed on a computer for use with applications. Licensed per computer.
Web fonts are used with the CSS @font-face rule. They are licensed for a set number of page views with no time limitation.
Mobile App Fonts can be embedded in your mobile application. Each app requires a separate license. The license is based on the number of app installations.
Electronic Publication Fonts can be embedded in an eBook, eMagazine or eNewspaper. Fonts are licensed per issue.
Server fonts can be installed on a server and e.g. used by automated processes to create items. A license is per server core CPU per year.

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