Tasman

Tasman
Designed by Dan Milne

Background

OurType Tasman is designed by Dan Milne, an Australian type and graphic designer. It takes its name from the Dutch seafarer Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–1659), who mapped the part of Australia known today as Tasmania. The typeface, initiated during Dan's MA degree at the Type and Media at the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague and originally conceived for use in newspapers, is readily adaptable to many kinds of typography.

The features of the typeface support its wide functionality. Its contrast, for example, varies from weight to weight to achieve helpful effects. In the Normal weight, it produces Tasman's characteristic sturdy forms while injecting liveliness. The Bold weight contrast gives yet sturdier forms, reinforced by slab-like serifs. Both the Bold and the ExtraBold are also easily reversed out of images and solid colours, doing jobs that in other typefaces might require a companion sanserif.

Other features are equally functional and suggest Tasman's newspaper pedigree. Its uppercase is compact while its small caps are generous. Each weight boasts hybrid figures: larger than the x-height but smaller that the capitals, these figures are considerably larger than conventional oldstyle figures but still integrate well with the lowercase. Throughout, Tasman's glyphs are clear, and its punctuation and diacritics unambiguous. Its italics are wide, moderately sloped, and get softer and bouncier in the bolder weights. They are a studied balance of cursive contrast (for emphasis next to romans) and no-nonsense regularity (for readable texts).

Tasman is a robust design that is neither mechanical nor delicate. Instead it combines warmth and playfulness with a certain neutrality that was at first appropriate to the delivery of news, and is now suitable for presenting all kinds of information whether in print or onscreen.

OurType Tasman consists of seven weights of roman and italic designs. Its Pro character set includes small caps; lining, hybrid old style, and small cap figures (each in tabular and proportional widths); fractions; comprehensive superiors, inferiors, numerators, and denominators; case sensitive punctuation sets; mathematical and monetary symbols; arrows and miscellaneous newspaper symbols; standard and discretionary ligatures; stylistic alternates; and a complete range of accents for all Western, Central, and East European languages based on the Latin script.

OurType Tasman was completed with Fred Smeijers, assisted by Maurice Göldner and Thomas Thiemich. Produced by OurType, Tasman was released in 2016. Available in OpenType PRO, TrueType, EOT and WOFF formats.

Language Support

Tasman OTF PRO fonts support the following languages:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish.

Tasman fonts are delivered in OpenType Pro, TrueType, WOFF & EOT format.

Opentype Pro Features

  • Small Caps
  • Small Capitals from Capitals
  • Case Sensitive Forms
  • Localized Forms
  • Standard ligatures
  • Discretionary ligatures
  • Slashed Zero
  • Lining Figures
  • Old Style Figures
  • Old Style Figures
  • Tabular Figures
  • Scientific Inferiors
  • Superscript
  • Numerators
  • Denominators
  • Fractions
  • Ordinals
  • SS01

Single weights

  • Tasman Pro Light
  • Tasman Pro Light Italic
  • Tasman Pro Normal
  • Tasman Pro Normal Italic
  • Tasman Pro Medium
  • Tasman Pro Medium Italic
  • Tasman Pro SemiBold
  • Tasman Pro SemiBold Italic
  • Tasman Pro Bold
  • Tasman Pro Bold Italic
  • Tasman Pro ExtraBold
  • Tasman Pro ExtraBold Italic
  • Tasman Pro Black
  • Tasman Pro Black Italic
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