Xenois® Sans font family
Designed by Erik Faulhaber in 2013
be installed on a computer for
use with applications.
Licensed per computer.
@font-face rule. They are licensed
for a set number of page views with
no time limitation.
embedded in an eBook, eMagazine or
eNewspaper. Fonts are licensed per issue.
a server and e.g. used by automated
processes to create items.
A license is per server core CPU per year.
on which the font will be installed.
that you can use over time. We’ll let
you know when you’re running low.
installations you want to license.
Some mobile app fonts allow an
unlimited number of installations.
you intend to embed the font in. Each license
is valid for one issue for the life of that issue.
CPUs of the servers on which
the font will be installed.
A license has a term of 1 year.
number of monthly page views
anticipated. The license has no time
limit and does not need to be replaced.
You only pay for additional page views
if your site gets more traffic than expected.
you know when you’re running low.
language support of the font.
the font: W1G (98 languages),
COM (56 languages),
PRO (33 languages) or
STD (21 languages).
available in. These differ in contained
characters and file size. You get all
available versions with your license.
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Xenois: a typeface microcosm created by Erik Faulhaber that includes an innovative take on the Antiqua typeface class
Xenois is Erik Faulhaber’s third comprehensive font family. The fundamental design principles that he used for the first two families – the homogeneous underlying form of the letters of Generis and the clear-cut, reduced-to-basics style of Aeonis – are continued in Xenois.
Of what will finally be a total of six Xenois styles, Sans, Serif and Semi are initially described in the following.
In its finalised form, Xenois will consist of six styles; to begin with, Sans, Semi and Serif are being published.
The robust Xenois Sans has a somewhat detached and objective appearance and has almost imperceptible variations of stroke weight. It is an all-rounder and can be used to set headlines and text. Xenois Semi also has no serifs, but marked contrasts of stroke weight give it a delicate and formal quality. Xenois Serif has serifs with curved attachments to stems and a marked contrast in stroke weights. The objective feel that results from the reduction of form to a minimum provides this serif font with a fine and unmistakable character. The fact that this variant lacks spurs may also be seen as a minor revolution in font design. Without fundamentally changing the serif typeface concept, Faulhaber manages to breathe new life into the Antiqua genre. Thanks to its marked individuality, this font can be used not only to set texts and headlines, but also to create logos.
The standardised character proportions and matching stroke weights mean that the Xenois family is ideal for corporate use. Font styles that perfectly harmonise with each other provide for extreme flexibility combined with an excellent recognition factor that can help you meet all design challenges. Meticulously designed details, unpretentious individual forms, a clear-cut appearance, consistency in stylistic features and carefully balanced proportions make Xenois a versatile and innovative tool for use in demanding typographic contexts.
Design principles behind an effective font
While working on Xenois, Erik Faulhaber formulated the following five design rules for a good quality font that he himself followed while creating Xenois:
|1.||An effective font should be consistent with the general laws of visual perception. It should be developed at the detail level.|
|2.||An effective font should be restricted to the essentials in terms of form. It should remain in the background and act as a tool only.|
|3.||An effective font should consist of uniform elements. It must be logically constructed and have a balanced grey-scale.|
|4.||An effective font is a versatile font. It must be lucid and legible in all contexts.|
|5.||An effective font is timeless. It must outlast changes to requirements, media and techniques.|