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This project was successfully funded on December 26, 2011.

Exo is a geometric sans font family with 9 weights and full OpenType features. I want to make it available to all designers.

About this project

Hi! My name is Natanael and I’m a graphic designer.

I am designing Exo as a contemporary geometric typeface. It has a very peculiar look, but it can be very versatile. I am designing it for use in magazines and magazine-style websites, advertising, and it could even work well as a corporate identity typeface for the right company! (If your company or your client is interested in using it in this way, I am offering the name as a reward for a suitably sized donation to the project)

I am running this Kickstarter project to make the font available to the whole world under a free, libre and open source license, the SIL Open Font License.

Today Exo is already a very mature font family, with over 700 characters supporting most Western, Central and Eastern European languages - and it can still go further! This coverage has been reached for all 9 weights, the maximum possible on the web. Each weight has an upright style and the corresponding ‘true’ italic style. Many ‘techno’ fonts have only the simple slanted oblique companion styles, but for the highest typographic quality it is essential to have true italics that are drawn specially.

If this project reaches its funding goal it will be published in Google Web Fonts and I will adapt the design to the web.


The fonts also include many OpenType features such as small caps, standard and discretionary ligatures, stylistic alternates, old style figures, tabular figures, fractions, and more. These features will be available both as true OpenType fonts and also as ‘simple’ fonts for use on the web.


The Google Web Fonts team is fully supporting this project and if it reaches its funding goals it will be published in Google Web Fonts.

This is a project about generosity, and all I ask is a little generosity in return.

Your support for this idea is very well appreciated!

The story behind the typeface

When I started my career as a freelance graphic designer I faced the problem of not having enough good fonts to do decent work. When you are starting out, you don’t have that much money to invest in good typography, so many people break the license agreements of the fonts they use. Since I wanted to be as legal as possible, I got into the world of libre fonts - and I am so thankful to those designers who are generous enough to share their work with the world!

But along the way I have found that right now there are very few libre fonts you can count on. This was a problem for me, and for sure it is the same for all those serious designers who avoid pirate fonts. The cheap stuff very often lacks important features to do a good job, but it can’t be changed or fixed. The amazing thing about libre fonts is that they are both available at zero price and can also be improved, like Wikipedia! 

Having this situation in mind, I decided to invest my own time into the design of a good font family to help all designers. So I made Exo for myself and designers like me - a font family for those who want to do a good job, but may lack the fonts to do it properly. I decided to make this a libre font so the designers can do great work with a legal font family, and learn the value of high quality type. 


This is not a manifesto calling all designers to stop buying and selling fonts, I myself buy fonts and agree that you should return value to such wonderful work as type! It seems that Kickstarter would be a great way to do both things - to support this project and for the users of type to give something back to the type designer, while at the same time eventually making the font available to the whole world.

I spoke to the Google Web Fonts team about publishing Exo with them, they gave my project their full support. When this project reaches its funding goal, the Google experts will review the font's technical details to ensure it works perfectly as a web font, and it will be hand-hinted by Google. It will be licensed under the SIL Open Font License, which is available with a FAQ.

Please note that this project’s funds will be paid to the ‘TeX Users Group’ (office@tug.org), a US based 501(c)3 non-profit, who are kindly running a ‘Libre Font Fund.’ This allows me to receive the funds outside the USA as I live in Portugal.

Thank you so much!

FAQ

  • Absolutely not.

    Exo is a totally original design. Any font family will resemble others because, in the end, the letter “a” should look like the letter “a.” There are thousands of typefaces so it is easy for one “a” to look similar to some other “a” without being a copy. If you apply this sort of criterion to fonts from your favourite foundries, you will have to say that a lot of them are copies.

    When I didn’t know that much about typography, almost all fonts looked the same to me. But as I started to getting involved in type design, I found out that it wasn’t like that, that there are details which each give an overall look to a font - even though most people can’t consciously perceive the difference, they feel the difference, and so the details are very important.

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  • I estimate the font files will be available by the month of February 2012.

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    22 backers

    Every dollar counts. Exo will become available to all designers and you will be able to use them online via Google Web Fonts, download them, install them on as many computers as you want, share them with friends, and even customize them!

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    28 backers

    Your name will be listed on the Exo website and documentation as a Patron!

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    38 backers

    The above + two PDFs of the Font Family Specimen booklet and a poster! You will also get the source files, all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license - so you can show off the typefaces to your clients!

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    15 backers

    The above + I will post you a small art print designed with Exo and a personal thank you message!

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    17 backers

    The above + I will email you the Exo Regular font file, one month before the rest of the world!

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    5 backers

    All the above + I will post you a physical copy of the specimen booklet.

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    Pledge $55 or more

    5 backers

    All the above + I will also post you a limited edition Exo poster!

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    Pledge $75 or more

    2 backers

    All the above + I will send you a copy of the Exo Basic Family font files (Exo Regular, Exo Italic, Exo Bold, and Exo Bold Italic) one month before the rest of the world!

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    5 backers

    All the above + you'll get a limited edition Exo T-Shirt!

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    Pledge $200 or more

    2 backers

    All the above + I will send you a copy of the COMPLETE Exo font family - all 18 font files - one month before the rest of the world!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    All the above + be involved as an Art Director, getting IMMEDIATE access to all the font files and giving me feedback on the design as I complete them

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    Pledge $2,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    All the above + I will design for you an exclusive version of one font style from the Exo family, with up to 10 characters redesigned totally to meet your needs, and you will choose the name of this new typeface

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    Pledge $4,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    All the above + you choose a new name for the Exo font family! This is a special opportunity for the right organisation looking for an exciting identity typeface to promote their brand for years to come!

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Funding period

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