Originally developed for academic publishing, Skolar asserts credibility and sustains comfortable reading. It has established itself as a go-to choice for all kinds of scholarly texts, no matter the field or school of thought: it handles the minutiae of linguistic, scientific, and editorial typography with ease. A classic with a twist, Skolar brings a trace of human touch to serious typography. Thanks to this knack for subtlety, it is also successfully used in other genres from branding to children’s literature.
Skolar PE has a vast character set that caters to nearly four hundred languages and transliteration systems (Pinyin, IAST/Sanskrit) using Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek (including polytonic). Its larger x-height, robust serifs, low contrast, and its deft italic make it a pleasure to read even at small sizes. With Skolar, footnotes and bibliography become readers’ best friends.
The OpenType feature set is engineered for the most rigorous editorial settings. Tabular, proportional, old-style, and lining figures as well as a full set of fractions, ordinals, and scientific superiors and inferiors will stand up to any conjectural challenge. Language-sensitive forms and compound diacritics will handle the demands of many linguistic texts. The companion families Skolar Gujarati, Skolar Devanagari, Skolar Sans PE, and Skolar Sans Arabic expand its typographic and semantic potential even further.
When we decided to replace our sans serif body copy, News Gothic, with a more classic serif face we decided on Skolar quite early on in the redesign process. The editor’s brief was ‘classic with a twist’ and we felt Skolar more than provided this.
Skolar accomplishes the goal sought after by virtually every text face: to make its mark with a distinct personality and yet remain effortlessly readable by letting that personality slip secretly and silently into the background.
Skolar shows that a typeface can be both subtle and engaging, academic and practical, easy on the eyes and sophisticated—and both we and our readers learned to appreciate these qualities over the years.
David’s Skolar is an example of a functional and beautiful typeface that works well for professional publications. It helped us to establish a new tone and voice in our articles to better reflect the spirit and the atmosphere that we have established on Smashing Magazine within the last 5 years. Skolar shows that a typeface can be both subtle and engaging, academic and practical, easy on the eyes and sophisticated—and both we and our readers learned to appreciate these qualities over the years.
The range of typographic detailings available, such as the numbering options, alternate glyphs, arrows and ligatures, play to the strengths of print. Small detailing in the letterforms translate into a face that is comfortable to read and sits elegantly on the page.
Skolar was the first of the fonts making their way onto the web for screen use that I fell in love with. It feels formal, without being stuffy, and has a bit of quirk to it, like someone wearing a suit with rainbow striped socks. The italic is especially lovely.
David Březina is the managing director at Rosetta. While you may know him as the designer of the award-winning type family Skolar, he has also worked on custom typefaces for Adobe, Linotype (Monotype), Microsoft, Google, and others. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin. David holds a Master’s degree in computer science from Masaryk University in Brno (Czechia) and an MA in Typeface Design and PhD from the University of Reading (UK). His cross-disciplinary PhD thesis studied visual similarity and coherence of characters in typefaces for continuous reading in Latin, Cyrillic, and Devanagari scripts.
He has also been actively involved in writing, presenting, and conducting workshops on type and typography around the world.