21st century script – Introducing Hamada
Linotype’s Hamada™ typeface is a powerfully built script design bringing the work of English calligrapher Gaynor Goffe
into the digital workflow. Working directly from Goffe’s writing, Linotype’s Type Director, Akira Kobayashi
, digitized the letterforms in this design. The resulting Hamada captures the feeling of a pen on the page; ink edges out from the contours and moves across curves, letters, and lines! This creates a delightful image, especially in larger point sizes. Thanks to the OpenType font format, Hamada creates an impression very much like that of real calligraphy – an effect that is similar to Linotype’s famous Zapfino® typeface.
Most of the letters in Hamada have alternate forms. The typeface also includes swashes that can appear at the end of a line of text as well as a number of ligatures. When used contextually with the help of OpenType-savy applications, like Adobe InDesign, these alternates will automatically be substituted into the text, assuring an image of randomness, which is not a standard feature of digital fonts! Like all fonts with our OpenType format ‘Com’ character set, Hamada supports 48 Latin-based European languages, including all Latin-based languages spoken in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, as well as the Baltic States and Turkey.