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Masinahikan Algonquian and Inuktitut font

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Description

The Masinahikan (meaning “book” in Cree) font series originated as an experiment in adding caligraphic elements to the syllabics orthography. Originally, the idea was to incorporate the feeling of Ethiopic calligraphy; however the early results were not encouraging. The author then turned to the characters in the 15th century typefaces, especially in the forms of the serifs. In the end, evolution took its course and the letters ended up looking unique. The finals (consonant symbols without a following vowel) follow the Kā-ayisawēyaki model: they appear mid-line instead of top-line.

Masinahikan comes in three weights: regular, semi-bold, and bold. The bold face is primarily for emphasis or headings. The semi-bold weight should be used with small point sizes (8 pt, perhaps 10pt) whereas the regular weight is appropriate for larger font sizes (11 pt and higher).

It was created by Christopher Harvey.

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Characteristics

Homepage Format & features License Review reference Koji page pkgdb page
Languagegeek TTF with OpenType tables GPLv3 with font exception
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Style Faces Scripts
Sans Serif Other R B I BI Other Latin Greek Cyrillic Other
Variable Monospace Variable Monospace
Semi-bold Moose Cree, East Cree, Inuktitut, Naskapi, Eastern Ojibway, Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Woods Cree, Oji-Cree, Western Ojibway

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