New Cherokee fonts?

Si_Daniels's picture

At TypeCon New Orleans Joseph Erb and Roy Boney of the Cherokee Nation took the stage to talk about the Cherokee writing system. They took the opportunity to urge type designers to produce more fonts supporting their language, making the case that Cherokee school children doing projects had numerous English fonts but just a handful of Cherokee designs.

Apart from Mark Jamra's Cherokee font design shown during TypeCon Milwaukee did any other type designers take up the call?

Cheers, Si

hrant's picture

That was a great talk.

Maybe Petr van Blokland.

hhp

HVB's picture

The Cherokee nation website shows many existing Cherokee fonts. What is it that's being sought, exactly?

- Herb

Si_Daniels's picture

I'm interested in new designs that were created in direct response to Joseph and Roy's call for more Cherokee fonts. This is for inclusion in a blog post to coincide with the release of the Cherokee version of Windows 8.

Thanks John for the link.

Cheers, Si

cuttlefish's picture

I have Cherokee covered in my Agamemnon font, but that was a few years ago that I did that part. I'm still seeking some scholarly advice on that script.

Si_Daniels's picture

Getting scholarly advice on Cherokee can be a challenge (Mark talked about this in his talk) but Roy and Joseph would likely provide general feedback if you get in touch with them directly.

hrant's picture

I think before we make more fonts for Cherokee we need to judiciously* reform its structures. In case this sounds jingoistic: I think Latin needs that too (although less).

* As Erb pointed out at TypeCon the conservatism of the Elders does need to be accommodated.

hhp

charles ellertson's picture

It has been my experience with simply setting a few books that had Cherokee, political considerations (historical accuracy, Sequoyah's intent, that sort of political consideration) played the largest role in font selection. If you want to tackle designing Cherokee glyphs, be advised, & perhaps get official input along the way.

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