Reliq™ font family

Designed by  Carl Crossgrove in 1998

Carl Crossgrove

Carl Crossgrove has been obsessed with letters since he learned to read at the age of two. Born in Mexico, Crossgrove grew up in central Connecticut. He experimented with letters throughout his childhood, drawing chalk alphabets on the driveway and cutting giant letters out of paper.

During his youth, Crossgrove dabbled in fantastic display lettering and was influenced by comic books, album covers and the art nouveau resurgence of the 1970s.
As he grew older, Crossgrove discovered classical type and lettering, and his typographic interests deepened. He practiced calligraphy and explored the book arts, ceramics, botanical illustration and painting while still in high school. He concentrated on fine arts in college before his passion for language and printing took over.

Crossgrove chose to further his education at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Before commencing his studies at RIT, he traveled to Boston in the summer of 1990 and met David Berlow, Mike Parker and Matthew Carter. From these luminaries, Crossgrove learned there actually is a type industry and got a behind-the-scenes look at Bitstream’s technical operations.

After his Boston visit and a late-summer trip to Oxford, England, for the Type90 conference, Crossgrove landed at RIT. He was immersed in a rich world of typographic culture and printing history, including the school‘s extensive Cary Graphic Arts Collection.
His curriculum at RIT allowed him to experiment with digital type design software while studying fine typography and printing history.

While at RIT, Crossgrove served two internships in Adobe‘s type department.
He also visited European printing museums to study the original drawings of Rudolf Koch, Georg Trump, Georg Trump, Hermann Zapf and other lettering greats.

In 1994, Crossgrove earned a degree in printing with a concentration in typography from RIT. He moved to San Francisco and worked in print production for a number of years while freelancing on several type design projects for Monotype, before joining the company in 2001.

Crossgrove has designed a variety of typefaces ranging from the Reliq, Origami™ and Beorcana designs to the warm, clean lines of the Mundo Sans™ type family.
His work for Monotype often takes him into the realm of non-Latin scripts
and type production. One recent challenge was reviving the Noori Nastaliq™ type
family, a connecting calligraphic Arabic script originally developed for use on Monotype imagesetters in the 1970s. “Nastaliq is a revered historic style of calligraphy which is characterized by sloping word alignments,” Crossgrove says. Previous incarnations of desktop technology did not allow for implementation of the script until OpenType® technology made it possible to create fonts to set exotic and complicated languages.
Crossgrove analyzed the original calligraphy to find a common joining scheme that
would work technically while providing fluid, realistic written joins.

Read also the interviews with Carl Crossgrove about Biome and Burlingame.


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.
Web fonts are used with the CSS rule @font-face used. The license has no time limit.
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.
You can use this type of license to embed web fonts in digital ads, such as ads created in HTML5. The licenses are valid for a specific number of ad impressions without time limit.

4 Value Packs

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supports at least

21 languages.

Reliq Complete Family Pack

 (12 Typefaces) -  1 variant
From US$ 265

Reliq Active Volume

 (4 Typefaces) -  1 variant
From US$ 99

Reliq Calm Volume

 (8 Typefaces) -  1 variant
From US$ 99

Reliq ExtraActive Volume

 (4 Typefaces) -  1 variant
From US$ 99
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