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Abril Text and Abril Display: the perfect team for editorial usesDesigned specifically for text and display applications, Abril by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione provides everything needed to overcome the challenges inherent in editorial design. Read on and learn more about this complementary font couple.
At first glance, Abril Text appears to be simply a version of Abril Display in which the contrast has been reduced. But a direct comparison of the letter forms shows that Abril Text has actually been created from scratch and optimised for use in text setting.
The source of inspiration for this font were the slab serifs of the 19th century and the so-called “Scotch Roman”. In comparison with Abril Display, Abril Text not only has less contrast; its serifs are also more apparent and slightly wedge-shaped. There are also minor variations with regard to the form of certain letters. For example, in the Text variant, the double-counter “g” is closed and the short connecting element between ascender and diagonals in the lowercase “k” is missing.
Abril Display and Text are both available in four weights: Regular, Semibold, Bold and Extrabold. In the case of Abril Display, the minimal stroke and serif weight remain constant through the range of variations, so that there is a significant increase in contrast as weight increases from Regular to Extrabold. All versions of Abril are complemented by genuine italics. Although they retain the characteristic features of each variant, the italic letters are much more energetic, with rounded and extended terminal endings, while letters such as the “a”, “g” and “f” have the closed and single counter form and descender that are the typical traits of an italic font.
Various sets of numerals, ligatures (that can be particularly ornate in the case of the Display version) and ornaments add to the repertoire of glyphs available.
Burian has designed a further version in the form of Abril Fatface. Related to the Display variant, Fatface is even heavier than Display Extrabold although somewhat narrower. Fatface also has an italic version.
The font family Abril has been conceived specifically for extensive use in newspaper and magazine setting, but is also ideal for setting books and other text-intensive projects. While Abril Display with its strong contrast calls attention to itself in headlines, the readily legible Abril Text achieves its full effect when used to set text. These extensively supported fonts provide designers with a wide range of different options.
Machen Sie sich selbst ein Bild vor der kontrastreichen Abril Fatface Regular und ihren Stärken im Displaysatz. Hier geht’s zum kostenlosen Download des professionellen Fonts von Veronika Burian und José Scaglione.