New version of the Hebrew Font Shuneet

I have just released the Hebrew Font Shuneet Version 2.0
which now includes a family of different weights. These are Shuneet Light, Shuneet Thin, Shuneet Book, Shuneet Normal, Shuneet Demi and Shuneet Heavy. Each has a matching set of Latin and numeric characters.

There has been some discussion in this forum as to what 'matching' should mean in this context. I take it to mean that a block of Hebrew text and a block of English text should look well together. Also foreign words or sentences embedded in a block of Hebrew text should not detract from the appearance of the Hebrew.

I have also worked on improving the fonts that were included in Shuneet Version 1.0 with the goal of making achieving greater family harmony.

Take a look at my web site : http://hebrew-font-shuneet.com/ where there are many examples.

These fonts are available for free download.

Mike

hrant's picture

Congrats on the update.

What Latin fonts would you say "match" it?

hhp

Michael Cunliffe Thompson's picture

The matching Latin fonts are in the same files as the Hebrew. I have designed the Latin so that it looks 'just like Latin font should' but at the same time does not clash with the Hebrew. For instance I toned down the vertical emphasis that most Latin has. However I avoided any 'faux' Hebrew shapes.
Mike

hrant's picture

Since it's a free download I guess I can go through that to find out - but it would be great if you could put up some samples of parallel as well as intermixed settings.

hhp

Michael Cunliffe Thompson's picture

As you requested, Hrant, here are a couple of parallel texts with Hebrew and Latin. Note that I have assumed that the purpose of using the Hebrew Font Shuneet is to present the Hebrew text and that the other text is of less importance.

In many fonts, such side by side presentation would have the English dominate simply because of the shape of the letters - the English having more verticals and more complex shapes.


The above text is in Shuneet Square with the text from a newspaper article.


The above text is Shuneet Thin. On my web site you can see a PDF of the whole song which was written and composed by the Ethiopian-Israeli singer Malka Ingedashet.

Mike

hrant's picture

Thank you Michael.

hhp

Amicus's picture

The Latin seems a little lighter than the Hebrew. It's also much more rounded than the Hebrew. Perhaps a more technical and angular latin would be a better compliment to it.

Aharonium's picture

I noticed you changed the licensing on this version of your font and I'm wondering why.

Previous versions were shared with a CC-BY-SA license. According to your site, the new license you chose to distribute with your font is the more restrictive Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-ND). This license puts your fonts in conflict with other free-culture licensed content.

The SIL Open Font license or the GPL-FE would allow your font to be distributed with free/libre licensed content and open-source tools.

Michael Cunliffe Thompson's picture

Aharonium,
You are right! I was under the impression that I had not changed the license but merely cut and pasted the old license. It seems not so. I'll look into this...
Thanks, Mike

Aharonium's picture

Were you able to look into this yet, Mike? On your site, it still says the new version of the fonts are shared with a CC-BY-NC-ND license -- the most restrictive Creative Commons license there is. I remain hopeful for good news that your Unicode Hebrew fonts will be shared with a free/libre and open source license like the GPL+FE or SIL open font license.

Michael Cunliffe Thompson's picture

Aharonium,
I haven't forgotten your request.
Usually my work on fonts proceeds during the days of darkest winter when cabin fever afflicts those who live in the forests of Massachusetts. The fonts cry out for improvements and the more I improve them, the more imperfections I see...
I will look at the question of the license when I put out the next release.
Mike

p.s. Let me know if any deadline should arise.

gohebrew's picture

Michael,

Shuneet is very good, but the English still doesn't match it yet, not in weight, but in design. Notice how the Hebrew has many diagonal elements, but the English is more block-like, with only vertical and horizontal strokes.

Is the name 'Shuneet' from 'm'shuneh'. different?

Michael Cunliffe Thompson's picture

Shuneet is my wife's name. Hebrew for coral.

My goal with the Latin and Hebrew is that they should coexist. As it a Hebrew font with merely a matching Latin, I have the Hebrew dominate. The Latin is a little lighter and to reduce the visual impact of the verticals, some of them are tilted slightly.

There is still a lot to do!

Mike

Michael Cunliffe Thompson's picture

I have just released a new version of my font see http://hebrew-font-shuneet.com

HEBREW FONT SHUNEET V2.1

Changes:
The font is now distributed with the SIL Open Font License.

There are maybe more than a thousand other changes that
possibly only an obsessive person like myself will notice.
The font is gradually becoming more unified and harmonious.

Mike

Aharonium's picture

This is great news, Michael. Thank you so much for sharing your evolving work!

One note, however, the download links on this page were broken for me. Could you confirm they're functioning for you?

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