A two-height sans cleverly designed for clarity in the smallest text sizes.
Lipa Agate, taken from the name of the Slovenian national tree Linden, is the first salvo in an extensive type system by Ermin Međedović that will be rolled out over time. This first offering is part of a much larger coherent type system which was developed over the course of ten years. Lipa Agate focuses on microtypography, which is the ability to set text at the smallest of scales. The concept is simple: Ink spreads when it is put on paper, so taking out some ink at the joins of glyphs limits ink-spread to keep small text from looking blobby and illegible. The smaller the text, the worse the problem — meaning type as small as 5–10 points — such as in album liner notes, sports scores, footer details for film posters, data tables, or any other job requiring minutiae without jeopardising legibility. Lipa Agate is a space-saving solution with distinct glyphs and a modern look.
Lipa Agate comes in two primary versions, High and Low, which differ in the lowercase x-height and ascender height but keep the same width. Lipa Agate Low’s x-height keeps the ascenders at cap height, giving blocks of text a comparatively wider and squarish feel. Lipa Agate High has ascenders that are taller than the capital glyphs while the x-height is raised intriguingly close to the (unchanged) cap height. Text set in the High version obviously has a taller look, but it also attains more overall texture due to the varying heights along the top of each line.
Contemporary editorial design requires a high amount of flexibility to respond to various design situations in a consistent fashion. Thankfully Lipa Agate comes in regular, narrow, and condensed proportions, allowing the bold designer to set text tightly without sacrificing clarity.
With its wide current range of 24 styles and many OpenType features (small caps, arrows, info-numerals, fractions, arrows, and dingbats, stylistic alternates, and much more), Lipa Agate is ready to take on every detail. The complete Lipa Agate family, along with our entire catalogue, has been optimised for today’s varied screen uses.