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Friday
Jun222012

Okojo

Okojo by Ian Lynam / Wordshape available via YouWorkForThem

Okojo is a new font, available via YouWorkForThem, and within the week via MyFonts and Wordshape.

We started working with YWFT very recently and the results have been more than favorable, so releasing Okojo via their distribution portal first makes more than sense.

Okojo is what happens when you take the ideas behind early geometric gothics like Futura and Kabel and put it through and American and Japanese blender, then makes a slab serif accompaniment. More fun, more contemporary, considered spacing and no hangups about capitalization.

Okojo means “ermine” or “stoat” in Japanese - a close relative of the ferret. Look at the lowercase “f” and you’ll see what we mean.

Also included: ligatures like crazy, Central and Eastern European character sets with non-default spacing, the wacky Germany-specific characters that other folks blow off, and the best-designed yen sign in BOTH places that folks look for.

Beyond that, Okojo is offered at $12 per weight- a STEEP discount compared to lesser/older faces of diminished quality. Cheap? Yes. Quality? Also, a stern “yes”. Hinted to death, kerned to death, spaced to death even if your kerning pairs drop out even though we ran it through both Bibliotype and InDesign previews with real text.

‘Nuff said: Okojo.