Soleil is Wolfgang Homola’s sans serif typeface that excels in geometric tranquility. Where other geometric faces lean toward the austere or bland, Soleil gives slight hints of a real personality and bring what could have been another tasteless sans into our current time.
The circle and square provided the obvious foundation for Soleil’s letterforms, but many optical corrections were necessary in order to introduce more fluidity into the rather stiff concept of a contemporary geometric typeface. Soleil sets itself apart through measured characteristics which recognise its rational heritage and still grant it personality. These include asymmetrical counters, a lowercase ‘m’ with a second shoulder that meets while the first is still curving, the increased slant on the top of the ‘t’ as the weight increases, and a large x-height for legibility at a distance or in small sizes. Its personality is seen, for example, in the friendly lowercase ‘f’, the perfect curve of the open ‘c’, the large x-height, and the ampersand. The italics were also meticulously designed rather than simply slanted through digital means.
Soleil is based on the modernist ideas of clarity and reduction to essential forms. Its lettershapes, however, are not the result of brute geometric construction, but of a design process that brings together simplicity with fluid rhythm. Soleil fits a wide range of potential applications: signage and wayfinding systems, book and magazine design, branding and corporate publications.
Soleil consists of six weights with respective italics, and its character set covers over 100 languages that use the Latin script. OpenType features allow for the implementation of typographic niceties such as small caps, both tabular and proportional lining and oldstyle figures, ligatures, alternate characters, case-sensitive variants, and fractions. All together, its contemporary and pleasing characteristics make it a great choice to replace overused or unpalatable geometric typefaces. The complete Soleil family, along with our entire catalogue, has been optimised for today’s varied screen uses.
– Won Silver at the 2012 Austrian Joseph Binder Award
– Selected for ISTD 2014
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