Odile 16 styles
Try Free/ 3 hours Desktop
Rent Single Style €4.50/month
Complete €36.50/month Desktop & Web (excl. VAT)
Odile is a text typeface with bracketed head and bracket-free bottom lower case serifs, a quality that counters rigidness most traditional slab serif typefaces possess. This contemporary design draws inspiration from an experimental typeface named Charter originally designed by the American book and type designer William Addison Dwiggins. Dwiggins contemplated Charter as the italic companion to Arcadia, Experimental No. 221. The Charter project progressed sporadic, stalled during the Second World War, and came to a halt in 1955. Charter remained incomplete and was never commercially released. Assessing Charter’s whimsical design, its fragments were rethought and developed into a comprehensive text family. Odile Upright Italic reveals visible similarities shared by Dwiggins’ Charter and defines the design approach for the family. The steep calligraphic upstroke and low junctions off the stem as in the upright italic ‘h’ or ‘m’, are gradually lessened in the italic and moved up for the roman weights. The six optically balanced weights range from the delicate Light to stark Black, accompanied by display variants with flowing flair and ardent ornaments. Two sorts of Initials, one amplified with interweaving swashes, the other more restrained, both are clearly derived from the Upright Italic. This mid-contrast serif offers a wide range of tools for text and display typography with a palette of strict to playful. The gracefully seriffed type harmonizes perfectly with Elido, Odile’s sans serif companion.
Foundry Kontour
Designers Sibylle Hagmann
More Info kontour.com

Participating Type Foundries