Karmina

Designed by José Scaglione Veronika Burian. Released 2007.

Karmina is a serif built to withstand the worst printing conditions: low quality papers, high printing speed with web presses, and variations in the ink level of the printing press. The cumulative result of its features grants Karmina outstanding legibility and economy, perfect for extended reading in editorials and newspapers.

  • Merit, 2007 European Design Awards
  • Tipos Latinos 2008
  • 23rd Brno Biennale of Graphic Design 2008
  • Typography Served II, 2010

Axl Rose Is a ‘Regular Guy’

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Never mind Axl Rose‘s reputation — one AC/DC insider wants you to know that behind the scenes, he’s pretty much just like the rest of us.

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The band’s production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth, spoke with Metal Heads for a behind-the-scenes look at their current tour with Rose, who stepped in on vocals after former frontman Brian Johnson was forced to bow out due to hearing issues.

According to Skjerseth, Rose has been a “fantastic” replacement for their longtime singer — and a pleasure to travel with. “He’s not the diva – he never has been,” said Skjerseth. “I’ve worked with him many times before. He’s like any artist – he loves his show. He is a regular guy – we’re all different, we all can be weird, but that’s okay in life. That’s what makes him who he is.”

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More importantly as far as the fans are concerned, Rose’s arrival seems like it may have injected a new energy into the group. As Skjerseth went on to point out, AC/DC’s current shows are longer, with a little more variety in the set list.

“He’s enjoying himself, the band is enjoying him,” he continued. “They play old songs. The show is longer now too. It used to be two hours, it’s now two hours and 20 minutes. Who knows what they’ll come up with? The production is the same. They’re not taking anything away. They’re playing and Axl is walking it out. They’re sounding fantastic and it’s a great show. At the end of the day, it’s AC/DC the way they always intended it to be.”

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The Backstory

Karmina

A highly legible and economic typeface, perfect for extended reading in editorials and newspapers.

Karmina is a text typeface created by José Scaglione and Veronika Burian mainly for pocket books and budget editions. It was built to withstand the worst printing conditions: low quality papers, high printing speed with web presses, and variations in the ink level of the printing press. The more opportunity for printing to go wrong, the more Karmina does to make it right — the right shapes, right sturdiness, and the right tone with which to approach the reader.

Some of Karmina’s most representative features are the rather large serifs intended to work perfectly in small reproduction sizes, the sharpness of the shapes, some calligraphic influences, and the large yet graceful inktraps in the acute connections. Structurally, Karmina combines a large x-height with relatively compressed letterforms to optimise space-saving. The cumulative result of these features grants Karmina outstanding legibility and economy, and the italic weights capitalise on the inktraps and calligraphic styling to easily set text apart from the roman.

The Karmina family comes in four styles, speaks multiple languages, and, along with our entire catalogue, has been optimised for today’s varied screen uses.

Be sure to check out Karmina Sans for a versatile and vivid companion to Karmina.