Sweeney™ font family


Designed by Kathryn Darnell in 2003
Sweeney captures the verve and energy of broad pen calligraphy in a digital font. An italic uncial with strong Celtic overtones, Sweeney's bold strokes and traditional shapes create a distinctive ribbon-like quality in display sizes, while remaining inviting and quite readable in small blocks of text copy.

In keeping with conventions of medieval Celtic manuscript writing, Sweeney makes no distinction between caps and lowercase letters. Using a larger point size works to emphasize the start of a line or paragraph," says Kathryn Darnell, Sweeney's creator, but she also wanted to provide designers with another option. To that end, she drew a series of illuminated initial letters called "Sweeney Lino Cut," a companion font to Sweeney. Several swash and alternative characters and a suite of Roman numerals are included in the standard character set. Darnell adds, "In keeping with the Irish theme of the uncial forms, I also included several border segments based upon Celtic knot-work."

Sweeney is the name of a seventh-century Irish king who went mad (some say from the din of battle; others say he was cursed by a Christian monk), roamed Ireland naked and composed poetry. "The story of Mad Sweeney has intrigued me almost as long as letterforms have," says Darnell. "All things considered, it just seemed fitting that I name my first type design after this crazy poet king.""

Sweeney™

Sweeney
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Std / OT CFF

supports at least

21 languages.















Technical details
Digital data from:
OpenType outline flavour:
CFF - PostScript-Outlines
Technical font names:
File name: SweeneyLinoCut.otf, SweeneyStd.otf
Windows menu name: Sweeney Lino Cut Std, Sweeney Std
PostScript name: SweeneyLinoCutStd, SweeneyStd
PostScript full name: SweeneyLinoCutStd, Sweeney Std
Catalog number:
16780047
Characters:
292
US$ 29
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Features

Languages

Fractions

Tag: frac

Function: Replaces figures separated by a slash with 'common' (diagonal) fractions. The user enters 3/4 in a recipe and gets the threequarters fraction.

Standard Ligatures

Tag: liga

Function: Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph which is preferred for typographic purposes. This feature covers the ligatures which the designer/manufacturer judges should be used in normal conditions. The glyph for ffl replaces the sequence of glyphs f f l.

Ordinals

Tag: ordn

Function: Replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms for use after figures. One exception to the follows-a-figure rule is the numero character (U+2116), which is actually a ligature substitution, but is best accessed through this feature. The user applies this feature to turn 2.o into 2.o (abbreviation for secundo).

Superscript

Tag: sups

Function: Replaces lining or oldstyle figures with superior figures (primarily for footnote indication), and replaces lowercase letters with superior letters (primarily for abbreviated French titles). The application can use this feature to automatically access the superior figures (more legible than scaled figures) for footnotes, or the user can apply it to Mssr to get the classic form.

Stylistic Alternates

Tag: salt

Function: Many fonts contain alternate glyph designs for a purely esthetic effect; these don't always fit into a clear category like swash or historical. As in the case of swash glyphs, there may be more than one alternate form. This feature replaces the default forms with the stylistic alternates. The user applies this feature to Industria to get the alternate form of g.

These fonts support the Basic Latin character set. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in d

Tag: Basic Latin

Function: These fonts support the Basic Latin character set. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in different formats. Please review the product information for each font to ensure it will meet your requirements.