Alverata is a typeface designed by Gerard Unger. It is based on his doctoral research describing the state of inscribed Latin letterforms throughout Europe in the 11th to 13th centuries. The varying geography, time, and even inscribers’ moods literally set in stone a rich diversity in making letters.

It is this diversity that served as inspiration for the three subfamilies of Alverata – a twelve-style base family, a six-style Informal family, and a six-style Irregular family.

My studio was asked to assist in the design of the Latin and Cyrillic, as well as prepare the family as production fonts.

The differing letterforms between the styles, combined with a random-like effect for inserting them into text, represent a remarkable endeavor in applying inscriptional variety to the world of typography.

Along with the classic typographic refinements (multiple figure sets, fractions, ligatures, and small caps), Alverata includes polytonic Greek, whose development was assisted by Eirini Vlachou.

The Alverata family is available from TypeTogether.

Alverata, Alverata Informal, Alverata Irregular