Opal and Snoogle

Two new Linotype families:



Opal and Snoogle

The following pages illustrate two great new Linotype families: Opal™ and Snoogle™. Opal was designed by Hannes von Döhren. Hannes collaborated with Raimo Böse on the Snoogle project. Both Hannes and Raimo are young, Berlin-based designers. We hope that you enjoy their work!

In addition to designing these typefaces, they created the illustrations in this feature as well.


Opal: An elegant serif addition

Opal font sample
Opal is a text face with a noble feeling, yearning for luxury and still delivering. Because of the long ascenders that rise clearly above the capital letters, Opal should be set with generous line spacing. The typeface’s design has the attributes of the oldstyle Renaissance serifs, yet Opal is not based on any specific predecessors.

Opal font family
The Opal type family is available with four basic fonts: Regular, Italic, Bold, and Script. Each font includes ligatures. The Regular, Italic, and Bold also include small caps. The Italic and Script fonts include alternates (swash letters). Additionally, each font in the Opal family includes an array of border elements and ornaments.
Opal font family
Through undulating strokes and sharp corners, a cutout feeling is created; Opal’s letters sport inktraps at stroke junctions, which this strengthen this image in larger point sizes even further. In total, the letterforms have clear emphasis on their verticals and horizontals; they do not fear the weight on their curves.

Opal font sample
From top to bottom: Opal Italic (Swash), Opal Regular, Opal Bold, and Opal Script. In addition to the Italic, the Opal type family includes a script face, whose letters are includes connections, similar to handwriting.

Opal font family
From top to bottom: Opal Script (Swash), Opal Regular (Small Caps), Opal Bold, and Opal Italic
In addition to the Italic and Bold variants, the Opal family includes a unique Script component. Opal Script is well suited for adding more importance to a specific text passage, or for use as an alternative to the standard Italic.

Opal font sample
Moreover, each font in the Opal family includes a number of diverse ornaments, arrows, printer’s fists (e.g., hands, pointed fingers), etc. (see the above image).
Opal font family
Also, each Opal font is equipped with a set of border element glyphs, which users may enlarge to their desired size and then reposition accordingly.
Opal font family
With a little bit of care, designers will be able to create the finest of traditional, elegant work with this family.
Hannes von Döhren
Hannes von Döhren in his Berlin studio during the design of the Opal family.
Opal styles


More samples of Opal are available as pdf file (601 kb).


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