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by Allan Haley

“I would like to say that it was a straight-lined, well-thought-out process, but to be honest, it was the opposite,” says Felix Bonge, about his Levato typeface design. “Actually Levato was my first ‘real’ typeface and I had to learn everything in a hands-on manner.”

Levato started out to be a personal study on the part of Bonge; it was not his intention to develop into a typeface family.  “It took me almost four years, a myriad of changes, adaptions and fresh starts to finish my work and be satisfied with it. Though without my professor, Jovica Veljovic, the design would have ended as the personal study as I originally intended,” recalls Bonge. “Professor Veljovic continually pushed me to take the design to the next step.”

Over time, the personal exploration evolved into a typeface family of five weights from light to black, plus matching italics and many OpenType software features, including ligatures, discretionary ligatures, swashes and alternate characters, ordinals, fractions, superscript and subscript. The result is a design that is ideally suited to advertising headlines in all media, distinctive blocks of display copy and lively magazine spreads.

“The harmony of the design and organic strokes are most satisfying to me,” says Bonge. “I like the tension between serious, almost rigid shapes on the one hand and playful, naive letters on the other. These give the design a special character.”

The Levato family is available as desktop fonts from the Fonts.com, Linotype.com and ITCFonts.com websites. It is also available as Web fonts from WebFonts.Fonts.com.

Click here to learn more about Levato.

Allan Haley
Allan Haley is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging. Here he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs.



by Matt Brinkerhoff

From hand-carved glyphs, to the printing press, to the Web…typography has breached many new frontiers throughout history. These innovations allowed language and knowledge to spread throughout the world. While significant, none of these innovations have had such a profound effect on personal style & expression. For the first time, Fonts.com and Tattly are combining forces to bring fine typography to the human body.

We met the Tattly team during a visit to the Studiomates workspace in Brooklyn.  It was there we met Tina Roth Eisenberg, who originally founded Tattly because “Temporary children tattoos are often hideous looking…I was ready to put designy, cool, typographic tattoos on my daughter’s arm”. Tattly has since evolved to include carefully-curated temporary tattoos from over 40 artists . When the idea to simultaneously release a new typeface as a Tattly tattoo was mentioned, we knew that we had to make it happen!

“Being a designer first and foremost, nothing makes me happier than typographic Tattlys. I think our Levato Tattly does a great job of capturing the beauty of the typeface and the playfulness of Tattly.” Says Tina. We couldn’t agree more — it was great meeting and working with Tattly!

The release of Felix Bonge’s beautiful new serif Levato provides the perfect opportunity for this collaboration.  With today’s release of Levato, temporary tattoo pioneers Tattly have simultaneously released a custom-designed Levato tattoo sheet on Tattly.com.  Levato’s custom ligatures and swash characters provided a smorgasbord of material for Tattly’s designers, and the result is a sheet of words and phrases expertly set in Levato. Enjoy!

Matt Brinkerhoff
Matt Brinkerhoff holds a bachelor’s degree in E-Business from Champlain College and has experience in user experience, multivariate testing, design and Web development. Through his work as a freelance designer, Matt developed an affinity for typography years before joining the team.