One of the original Carrig’s most-loved features are the alternates for the /O/Q/R/U/ glyphs – particularly the distinguished swash /R/. Those have been retained and improved upon in Carrig Pro. I have drawn a swash /K/ that mirrors the /R/ and also included a swash /S/ that was a popular feature in another typeface of mine, Fnord.
Following on in the style of Fnord, I have included a number of all-caps ligatures. These, combined with the alternates, help to extended the possibilities of what you can achieve with Carrig Pro – think of how you might design very distinctive titles for your book covers, magazine articles, advertising, etc. Just ensure you have “discretionary ligatures” activated when typing and you’ll get access to these typographic flourishes.
While the ancestry of Carrig’s design is ambiguous, having being influenced by different type movements from Roman times to the 19th Century, I wanted to include the option to create more authentic typography of a time period up to the mid-1700s. The inclusion of a /long s/ glyph ( ſ ) and its subsequent ligatures give you the option to add a touch of authenticity to your replication of type from that era. There are gadzooks too – these are the loop ligatures that link /c/ to /k/, etc. You can activate these via “stylistic alternates”.
As I was creating the promotional graphics for this typeface, I thought it would also be a nice bonus to include some alternates to create the same ornaments. So, there are alternates for the endash and emdash that will give you Carrig-themed, stylised line breaks. There’s an alternate bullet point and a hashtag that returns an ornate filigree icon. And, if you type <||||> and hit/activate Stylistic Set 1, you’ll get a Carrig-themed double-headed arrow – perfect for line breaks and ornamental use.
Alternate /K/O/Q/R/S/U/ glyphs – activate Stylistic Set 1
All Caps Ligatures – activate Discretionary Ligatures
Gadzooks – activate Discretionary Ligatures and Stylistic Set 1
Long s & Historical Ligatures – need to be inserted manually from the Glyphs Palette
Ornamental Alternates – activate Stylistic Set 1
Small Caps – simply activate Small Caps!
What will you create with Carrig Pro? Please let me know, I’d love to create a “fonts in use” gallery.