Designing a new typeface: Fontan Roman

Flourishes of Fontan typeface

Fontan Roman is a single weight typeface design based on influences from Trajan and Round Foundational lettering; both being lettering styles I studied, many moons ago, while at art school.

Typeface design

I’ve wanted to design a typeface since leaving art school but never had the time, tools, or patience. When I discovered BirdFont it was time to try.

Lowercase lettering of Fontan

Typeface design influences

Trajan lettering

Trajan lettering

Foundational hand lettering

foundation hand lettering

Future development

foundational lettering

I want to develop on this typeface further by pushing an even more calligraphic style in the lettering. I love the sharpness but roundness in the foundational hand and wished I had studied it in more detail while I had the chance under the calligrapher John Smith (yes, his real name), author of The Art of Calligraphy.

Update: Here is a version based on the traditional round foundational hand lettering

Introducing Fontan Roman

Specimen sheet for Fontan
Specimen sheet for Fontan typeface

You’ll find a few alternative glyphs available for the Q and f as well as some of the more obvious ligatures.

Other typefaces you might like to try

Take a look at Round Foundational Hand Lettering which is also based on this round lettering

Download free font

Download the True Type format of the Fontan Roman typeface and let me know how you get on with it. I will be updating in the future to make sure it has all the characters needed.


Typeface License:

Personal Use Only!
Commercial licenses are available.

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