When Paul Harpin’s niece Laura died of cancer at a criminally early age he decided to do what he could to raise funds and awareness in the fight against this ravaging disease. The former Haymarket Publishing Creative Director set about designing his first typeface and establishing the BuyFontsSaveLives campaign.
The Laura type family is a set of narrow grotesque fonts with a large x-height. Unlike most narrow grotesques it has a hand drawn feel. It is not drawn with a compass and ruler. It’s a humanist font with curves and circular punctuation.
It is available in two styles initially – Plain and Display – with Stencil and Ribbon to come in due course. Each style has twelve weights with matching italics. The Display, Stencil and Ribbon are intended to be used for headlines.The font gets bolder by decreasing the size of the internal shapes (the bolder weights are the same width as the lights).
“I’ve never designed a typeface before”, says Harpin, “so I don’t mind if you don’t like it or never use it, as long as you buy it ~ to raise funds for cancer care.”
Each family pack contains 12 weights (Hairline to UltraBlack) plus matching italics, a subtotal of 24 fonts per volume in OpenType OTF format for Mac & PC. The Plain family has standard styling (see image above) while the Display set contains the striking serrated teeth styling in both upper and lower case.
Download a PDF type specimen to view the fonts in more detail.
Click below to select your preferred family option (or buy both!) and purchase the fonts for immediate download. Please note that if you require a licence for more than 5 desktop users/devices, or if you’d like to arrange a web or embedding licence (apps, eBooks etc) please email us for a quote.
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