Anivers release

Jos Buivenga's picture

Anivers is now available at MyFonts.com. Anivers comes in regular, bold, italic and small caps. The regular weight is absolutely free.

Si_Daniels's picture

I love the name - where did it come from? The font feels anti-Frutiger in a way, so an Avenir + Univers origin for the name seems unlikely?

Jos Buivenga's picture

There's no such history involved in the name ;-)

Last year I was asked to designed a font to celebrate the first anniversary of a blog called Smashing Magazine. I just derived the name from the anniversary word and loved it also.

Si_Daniels's picture

>There’s no such history involved in the name ;-)

That's a shame ;-) but thanks for the explanation.

Jos Buivenga's picture

:-)

You're very welcome.

brett jordan's picture

Nice typeface... the ever-lurking pedant in me is not so keen on the redundant apostrophe in 'cheesecakes' however :-)

Jos Buivenga's picture

In this case ... if that's the only thing, I can live with it ;-) Thanks!
I'll beware of cheesecakes in the future.

Jos Buivenga's picture

BTW — Part of the credits must go to Igino Marini who did a wonderful job spacing and kerning Anivers with his iKern app. Just recieved an e-mail from him that his site will updated very, very soon.

iginomarini's picture

Thank you Jos. Just did it.

James Arboghast's picture

Brett, it's not at all pedantic to be pointing out a thing like that.

Jos, the style isn't my cup of tea, but Anivers is nonetheless well-crafted :^)

j a m e s

Jos Buivenga's picture

I can imagine not everybody liking it James. Thanks for the "well-crafted"!

Thank you Jos. Just did it.

Great! You're welcome.

Pedro Leal's picture

I like it very much! Congrats on your great work Jos!

Jos Buivenga's picture

Much appreciated. Thank you Pedro.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

I really like the way the diagonally cut-offs in the roman give a sense of flow.

Jos, could you perhaps tell us (more) about the way iKern was used and what benefits that had (I guess there are some, because you must have finished this in a very short time)?

. . .
Bert Vanderveen BNO

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks Bert.

iKern is (still) a service. It can't be purchased or licensed. The font files are reworked by Igino and then send back. It's not just a push on a button, because many variables are possible. We did some test runs to determin spacing (family wide) and the level (tight <-> loose) of kerning. In the process of the test runs I adjusted character shapes that needed a better fit. In the final release I adjusted a (very few) things manually. iKern makes it own classes for kerning and is extremely flexible. All still (fortunately) has to be judged by the human eye, but when decisions are made, all that is handled by iKern is in optical consistency truly great. For me it was a real time saver. It nearly felt that I only had to draw the glyphs ;-)

AGL's picture

Happy Anivers -ário . I have got the "Regular", so far.

" I don't understand. In a comix perspective, Avenir is a anti Univers, which makes me (you) think that if they met intentionally or unintentionally they would actually annihilate each other, causing a

PUFF! ? "

aszszelp's picture

Hm, lekker!

I especially like the descender of the long s in the upright font, and even more so the tapering of that very desc.!

Szabolcs

victor ivanov's picture

great job! looks very neat and I can see quite a few potential uses for this typeface.

Jos Buivenga's picture

Happy Anivers -ário . I have got the “Regular”, so far.

That's a good start ;-) I'll e-mail you soon.

I especially like the descender of the long s in the upright font, and even more so the tapering of that very desc.!

Thanks! I'm pretty fond of the tapering of that descender (that's also in the lc f) myself.

great job! looks very neat and I can see quite a few potential uses for this typeface.

Thank you! As a freefont it was my second most popular font with about 10,000 downloads a month and I've seen it used in quite a variety of designs. I hope that with the extension of the family this will continue. I have plans to update the family with a (free) bold italic and maybe with small caps for all weights/styles.

AGL's picture

I have got them now . Thank You. I did a second 'proof' for Anivers Buivenga BC, with minor changes from previous version.

Katharina's picture

Check the "Starlet" rating at http://www.myfonts.com/starlets.html

Jos Buivenga's picture

Yeah! Thanks for spotting katharina. Don't know how long it will on stay # 1, because I guess Aviano is a very well selling font.

André ... I'll e-mail you this weekend.

Jos Buivenga's picture

I've written an article on ilovetypography revealing a little more about Anivers. Hope you like it.

James Arboghast's picture

Anivers is at the time of this posting sitting at number two on the Myfonts Bestsellers chart. Will it wrest the number one ranking from Helvetica Neue?

I reckon yes, no problem. It's the new champion.

Anivers has grown on me and I like the style now Jos. Congratulations, you have successfully challenged the preeminence of Helvetica! This is great. Success isn't a big enuff word : ^ )

j a m e s

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks very much for the kind words James. Nice that Anivers has grown on you. That's a real compliment!

How succesfull it will be has to be seen :-) I've timed the release and publicity around it so that I could reach #1 on the Starlets list in order to get mentioned in the Rising Stars July 2008 newsletter. Of course I hope it will hit #1 on the Bestsellers list, but the sales boost from Rising Stars that brought it on second place is allready over. It is going steady now and I hope it will hover somewhere next to Museo in a while.

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