When basic geometric shapes such as circles, squares or triangles are used in the design of letters, one refers to them as geometric typefaces. But there is a further differentiation among two types. On one hand there are typefaces that are truly constructed from basic shapes. This is most evident in the uppercase letters: the round characters being based on the circle, the angled letters (such as ‘A’ or ‘V’) on the triangle and all remaining letters on the square or elements thereof. Generally the contrast between proportions is stark with the ‘E’, for example, being half as wide as the ‘O’.
On the other hand, there are those typefaces that merely appear to be composed of basic geometric forms, such as straight lines and circular shapes. In these typefaces, the widths of the letters are roughly equal. The ‘O’ is no circle or oval but consists of straight vertical lines to the left and right with a semi circle on the top and bottom to seal it.
Godfrey belongs to the latter group whereby the forms seem to be composed of geometric forms. In reality, all the letter forms are very carefully constructed with optics in mind, in order to achieve both harmonious and lively strokes. The straight faces of the round characters were the inspiration for straight, vertical lines in other, unusual places – hence the prolonged points for the ‘i’ and ‘j’. The descenders of the ‘j’ and ‘y’ also consist exclusively of straight lines as does the ‘f’. The tail of the ‘Q’ or the cedilla is also a straight line. This all contributes to the typeface’s very independent character.
In comparison to the lowercase characters, the uppercase characters are relatively small which allows them to be more easily integrated into text and can be applied as seamlessly as small capitals.
Godfrey desktop fonts and web fonts contain various OpenType features, which provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software.
Case Sensitive Forms
When the ‘Change to caps’ function is applied from within an application (not when text is typed in caps), appropriate case-sensitive forms are automatically applied. Guillemets, dashes, hyphens and other punctuation marks are replaced with their capital forms.
Ligatures are designed to improve the kerning and readability of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.
This feature replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms.
All upright Godfrey fonts contain an alternative single-story a, accessible via the OpenType feature Stylistic Set 01 or Stylistic Alternates.
Tabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as an OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. This feature also replaces comma and period with corresponding glyphs set on uniform widths in all weights.
To avoid confusion between a zero and the ‘o’ character, a dotted zero glyph is also available.
All fonts already include a number of pre-designed diagonal fractions. The fraction feature allows you to create other fractions quickly and easily.
Superscript / superiors
Replaces all figures with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc.
Subscript / inferiors
Replaces all figures with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation.