The basic idea of Riga is quite simple: to design a practical typeface for both print and
screen. A typeface that would work good in a wide range of sizes, narrow columns and tight headlines. Suitable for a wide variety of typography, such as complex corporate design, editorial, information graphics, packaging, wayfinding and branding projects. Just a few years ago, most websites were displayed in a single, fairly wide column. The ideal typeface for websites, such as Verdana, was also rather wide, to adapt best to the orthogonal pixel grid of the monitor. Technology changes fast, almost overnight a whole range of new devices arrived, and also the resolution of the new screens made a big step forward. Responsive design is the new magic, websites contain of fluid, more or less narrow columns. Riga is designed to meet these needs. Its open structure and compact shapes make it effective and easy to use. However, for small body text on screen, it’s better to use Riga Screen
, and Riga for headlines and larger text.
Riga (top) and Riga Screen
(below) by comparison. Riga Screen is intended for writing and reading on screen. It is slightly lighter and wider than Riga to provide better legibility at small sizes. Complex letter forms as the lowercase g has been simplified.
Riga desktop fonts contain various OpenType features, which provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software. Riga webfonts do not contain any OpenType features.
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. Regular brackets, parentheses, dashes and hyphens are replaced with their capital forms.
In Adobe applications there are two methods of applying small capitals. The first one replaces only lower case letters with small caps.
All Small Caps
This feature turns capital characters into Small Capitals. It also replaces numerals and punctuation with small caps variants. Only the Riga Small Caps fonts contain this feature.
Upright Riga fonts contain an alternate g, which is accessible via Stylistic Sets 01 or Stylistic Alternates.
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.
Riga fonts contain various styles of numerals within each font. Proportional Lining Figures slightly smaller than the capitals come standard. The Proportional Oldstyle Figures feature changes standard figures to Oldstyle Figures with ascenders and descenders.
Tabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures and tabular currency symbols are available as an OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. Riga fonts include Oldstyle and Lining Tabular figures.
To avoid confusion between a zero and the ‘o’ character, a slashed zero glyph is available.
Riga 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 and lowercase letters with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc. This feature applies to figures, lowercase characters and some punctuation.
Subscript / inferiors
Replaces all figures and lowercase letters with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation. This feature applies to figures, lowercase characters and some punctuation.
The discretionary ligature feature creates real arrows when you type the combination -> (right arrow), <- (left arrow), -^ (up arrow), ^- (down arrow), <^- (left up arrow), -^> (right up arrow), -^< (right down arrow) and >^- (left down arrow). By typing multiple hyphen you can create long right or left arrows. Discretionary ligatures are off by default in Adobe applications.