The Universal version is Parachute’s most ambitious text typeface, as for the first time a contemporary arabic equivalent to this comprehensive DIN series of fonts is designed. This set of fonts contains the most complete and powerful array of arabic features commercially available. The four major scripts Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic and Greek are now matched and exist under the same family.
Copyright ©2002, 2005, 2010
Designer: Panos Vassiliou
Arabic extension by Hasan Abu Afash
Back in 1936 the German Standards committee Deutsches Institut Normung (DIN) proposed DIN 1451 as the standard type of lettering for road signage. As the original manual states ‘the purpose of this standard is to lay down a style of lettering which is timeless and easily legible’. This font has been revised by the committee over the years several times but only in two basic styles. The DIN Text series was based on the original standards but was completely redesigned to fit typographic requirements. Completed in 2002, it was first released in 2003 and published in our award-winning catalog, as a group of 4 separate families each with 12 weights for a total of 48 weights (regular weights, condensed, compressed and a special display version). The DIN Text Pro series which was released the following years, was enhanced with more weights, multilingual support for all European languages and opentype features in all different styles. It has lowercase ascenders that are higher than the capitals, varying letter proportions and italics (just like the first release) that are not a mechanically-obliqued version of the regular weights, but rather true designed italics. An attempt was made to divert from the stiff geometric structure of the original and introduce instead elements which are familiar, softer and easier to read. The glyphs for all languages have been carefully and professionally designed to not only share the same weight and structure but to reflect the current trends in all different scripts as well. Every font in this series was completed with 270 copyright-free symbols, some of which have been proposed by several international organizations for packaging, public areas, environment, transportation, computers, fabric care. In 2010 a new set of elegant hairline weights were added to the DIN series and a couple of months later DIN Text Universal was released. The Universal version is Parachute’s most ambitious text typeface, as for the first time a contemporary arabic equivalent to this comprehensive DIN series of fonts is designed. In fact, this set of fonts contains the most complete and powerful array of arabic features commercially available. The four major scripts Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic and Greek are now matched across the design of the whole family, respecting at the same time each one's modern cultural identity. With its vast array of weights, the extended support for numerous languages, its careful and detailed design, it will prove to be extremely valuable for many complex corporate projects.
Ligatures: Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph, creating a professional-looking text with no peculiar collisions among letters. This feature covers the standard f-ligatures, as well as few other ones used in normal conditions.
Discretional ligatures: Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph. It differs from the previous feature in the fact that it activates special (non-standard) ligatures for Latin and Greek.
3320 glyphs /font
incl. 270 special symbols
Small Caps, Standard Ligatures, Discretionary Ligatures, Required Ligatures, Oldstyle Figures, Lining Figures, Superiors (numerals/lowercase letters), Scientific Inferiors, Fractions, Ordinals, Stylistic Alternates, Numerators / denominators, Ornaments/various symbols, Mark Positioning, Mark to mark Positioning, Isolated Forms, Contextual Alternates, Initial Forms, Medial Forms, Terminal Forms, Glyph Composition/Decomposition.
single weight: €165.00