By Bruno Bernard

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Meet Adso, the typeface that puts blackletter back in the contemporary field.

Adso has been created par Bruno Bernard between 2005 and 2010. Acting as a robust yet refined display typeface, strong and sweet, Adso allies the modernity of uncluttered shapes to the noble beauty of blackletter structures.

Adso is the first outcome of a research lead by its designer on the possibilities of reintroducing gothic scripts in the comtemporary world.
Of course, blackletter faces are still seen today, but generally used to mean a certain rebellious marginality (music, tattoos…), or even to signify the authenticity of a traditionnal savoir-faire (catering trade, antique dealers…). In both cases it is about niches that throw gothic writing out on the fringes of history.

Adso is a blackletter that claims for a larger use. It's a typeface of today, highly legible thanks to its simple shapes, and very attractive thanks to the sweetness of its curves. It can be used in far more diverse fields than old blackletter are. Adso thus offers a fresh look on our typographic inheritage, and widens the field of experimentation for graphic designers.

The Creation of Adso

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PDF Acier OpenType features
Ligatures & special ligatures
Small Capitals
Arrows, symbols and ornaments
Stylistic sets
Figures: lining, old-style, tabular & proportionnal
Figures: superiors, inferiors, numerators & denominators
Automatic fractions
Slashed zero
Case-Sensitive Forms
Localized Forms
Historical Forms

Language support
Afaan Oromo, Afrikaans, Albanian, Alsatian, Aragonese, Arrernte, Asturian, Basque, Bislama, Blackfoot, Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cheyenne, Cimbrian, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Dalecarlian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, Gallegan, Genoese, German, Guarani, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish Gaelic, Irish, Istro-Romanian, Italian, Japanese transliteration, Kashubian, Kiribati, Korean transliteration, Kurdish, Ladin (Gardena), Ladin (Valle di Badia), Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Lombard, Low Saxon, Lower Sorbian, Luxembourgeois, Macedo-Romanian, Malagasy, Malay (Latinized), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Marshallese, Megleno-Romanian, Micmac, Náhuatl, Norwegian, Nyanja, Occitan, Oromo, Papiamento, Pedi, Piedmontese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansch, Saint Lucia Creole, Sami (Inari), Sami (Lule), Samoan, Sardinian, Scots Gaelic, Serbian (Latinized), Seychelles Creole, Sicilian, Slovak, Slovene, Somali, Sorbian, South Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tongan, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvalu, Upper Sorbian, Uyghur, Veps, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, Welsh, Xhosa, Zhuang, and Zulu.

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