Calluna released

Jos Buivenga's picture

Finally after 1.5 years of not always intense labor the release of Calluna is a fact. Be sure to have a look at the PDF specimen. Hope you like it!

It's available at

Calluna_specimen.pdf268.86 KB
dezcom's picture

Bravo! Bravo Bravo!!!


Jos Buivenga's picture

:-) Thanks x3!!!

dezcom's picture


typerror's picture

I am not sure which is prettier... the flower of the common heather or your font.


Edit: That is a compliment by the way : )

Stephen Rapp's picture

Excellent! Congratulations.

William Berkson's picture


Jos Buivenga's picture

How cool, Chris! It's soothing my type senses :P

I understand, Michael :)

Thanks, Stephen & Bill!

Forgot... if you (think you) like it, do give the free regular a spin.

metalfoot's picture

And there was indeed much rejoicing. I hope you sell a million licenses, Jos.

blank's picture

Congratulations, Jos! I’ve had a chance to really look Calluna over, and if anyone is on the fence about buying this one, trust that it would be a bargain at triple what Jos is selling it for.

steve.mackley's picture

Congratulations, as well. It looks excellent. I agree with Mr. Puckett—it is a bargain.

Jos Buivenga's picture

If I could sell a million licenses I would just offer 'm for a dollar :)

Thanks, James & Steve! I'm curious if other people will think so too.

eliason's picture

Congrats! Looks beautiful.

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thank you, Craig!

Bendy's picture

Bravo, bravo! This is looking fantastic! I'm still amazed how lovely your italic is!!

Jongseong's picture

Looking great! Congratulations Jos!

scannerlicker's picture

Way to go, Jos!
Just printed it out: the reading flow is great, don't worry about it!


Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks Ben & Brian!

I didn't worry about the it, Fábio :-) It was designed to flow.

paragraph's picture

Well done!

Jos Buivenga's picture


RahimSnow's picture


First of all, Calluna is hot like wow! Absolutely beautiful! The directional serifs work so well with the spiky serifs. And the result is not distracting at all, very easy to read.

Second, the two Rumi poems in the specimen are priceless. Wonderful way to show off Calluna's love for poetry. And not just any poetry, but poetry from one of the greatest poets who ever lived, East or West.

Third, your talent is unstoppable. I haven't met a typeface of yours I didn't like. Your work is worth far more than you charge for it.

Thank you for pouring more beauty into our lives.


satya's picture

Very well crafted. Congratulations!

Jos Buivenga's picture

Rahim, thank you for your overwhelming compliments! Fortunately I can pass some credit to James [Pucket] whose suggestion it was to encorporate the poems from Rumi (& Dickens) in my specimen.

Thanks, Satya!

mili's picture

Jos, this is another beauty of yours. Straight to the shopping list!

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks, Mili.

dezcom's picture

I highly recommend it! It does great multiple umlauts :-)


polypica's picture

Excellent work. Flow, to my untutored eye, is fine.
Banging on Myfonts door right now.

Thanks for you efforts.


aluminum's picture

Wonderful! Must find a project to justify snagging this one!

Jos Buivenga's picture

That's nice, Chris! Curious what Mili thinks about the Finish umlauts. They have the same height and size as the dot on i.

Very welcome, John.

Thanks, Darrel. Hope something will come along.

dezcom's picture

That is why I was joking with Mili, Jos :-)


mili's picture

About umlauts, my first impression on the MyFonts sample page was that they were a touch high. After downloading the regular for sample purposes I compared it with some other serif fonts and changed my mind. I like the size of them and I think they sit very nicely, better than most, the sameness with the i dot is good in my opinion.

This weird sentence means "My aim at Easter is to eat mämmi in Töölö day and night". Mämmi is an Easter dish and Töölö part of Helsinki.

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks for the lovely sample, Mili. And for your opinion. Never saw that many umlauts in one sentence :)

@ Chris: Thought so. But too late :)

Martijn van Berkel's picture

That's a really nice serif. I like the overall smooth feel. :)
Will you make italics for the Light and Black weights?

Goed gedaan en ga zo door! :)

Kind regards,
Martijn van Berkel

Jos Buivenga's picture

Think not, but I'm not 100% sure. Maybe if there is a big enough demand.

Dank voor de vriendelijke complimenten!

dezcom's picture

The famous Mämmi which people love :-)

Thanks for sending umlaut heaven words, Mili!


Charles_borges_de_oliveira's picture

Thats a nice roman you have there Jos. Beautiful work!

sandrosandro's picture

Nice one Jos! Loving italics, ligatures.

sim's picture

Great Work! I really love the serif. Congratulations.

animal's picture

it's beautiful.

dezcom's picture

I see that Calluna is already up to number 6 on the "Hot new fonts" list on MyFonts! Congrats on a well-deserved success!


Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks all. Very much appreciated!

@Chris — I noticed this morning :) Thx!

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thank you, Mike!

dezcom's picture

Calluna just reached number 2 on the "Hot New Fonts" list at MyFonts after only a few short days on the market!

Being number 2 makes you try harder so I expect the number one status will be achieved in just a few more days!

Go for it, Jos!


Jos Buivenga's picture

The #1 on the hot list is also #4 on the bestsellers. Calluna is no Museo, Chris :)

dezcom's picture

But the #1 is nothing special. I don't see what the market sees in it.
Oh well, we labor for the love of what we do.


Jos Buivenga's picture

If we were to strand on a desert island we probably would spend a considerable time drawing letters in the sand. (After we did HELP).

dezcom's picture

We would at least do HELP in CE and smallcaps :-)


mili's picture

I can imagine you two drawing and redrawing the HELP over and over again, get the kerning right…

dezcom's picture

and then the wind would blow it away :-)


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