JABANA — another handmade font
Jabana was developed in 2013 by Nils Thomsen to be his first release at MyFonts. Inspired by having a beer at Hamburgs coffee bars.
Super compressed letter shapes, smooth handwritten marker curves and especially a wide range of opentype features define the large character set of Jabana. Jabana is composed of only uppercase letter shapes. Each letter and punctuation have three simple varieties of alternates. This gives a nice looking handwritten nature to the font. They will be randomly chosen by the contextual alternates feature or even by hand via stylistic set (ss01, ss02).
The whole characters for serious western european typography comes with Jabana. Beside the standard accented letters, fractions, mathematical glyphs, superiors and inferiors you will find alternates, extra bullets, different arrows, negative figures and roman numerals.
Another reason for the amount of 1463 glyphs are the numerator and denominator letters which came from A-Z, punctuation and the extra bullets (ss09-16). They are meant to be used for decoration or distinction. Especially an opentype stylistic set can give an extra touch to it while putting a dot/line above denominators or underneath numerators (ss03+numr/dnom).
Captivated by graffiti since his childhood, Nils has later developed a sense of fascination for lettershapes. During Nils undergraduate studies at Muthesius art school Kiel, type and typography became his primary interest. The school’s type design classes led by Albert-Jan Pool had played an important role in defining Nils next step – the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. Nils Thomsen successfuly completed his Master Degree at postgraduate course Type]Media in 2010.
The graduation typeface “Meret” at Type]Media, has been further developed by OurType and joined the collection in 2011.
Meret received the letter.2 Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the Association Typographique Internationale in 2011.
Christian Schwartz took Meret in 2011 as the new text face for the american business “magazine fast company”. In 2013 Meret was chosen to one of the best typography of the year by communication art magazine.
From 2011 Nils Thomsen worked at Bureau Johannes Erler in Hamburg for two years. During this time he participated in the redesign of the German daily „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, contributing to its new corporate typeface. Nils part was the „text-face“ and the additional headline „serif-face“.
In the beginning of 2013 Nils started his own business, drawing typefaces and working as a freelancer in Hamburg. In early 2014 Nils Thomsen founded Nils Types to start distributing his own fonts.