ITC Tyfa™

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What is the ITC Tyfa™ font?

Some words from the designer, Frantisek Storm…
Designed by Josef Tyfa in 1959, digitalized by F. Storm in 1996. This Roman and Italic are well-known perhaps to all Czech graphic artists and typographers ever since their release. Although this type face in some details is under the sway of the period of its rise, its importance is timeless, in contradistinction to other famous types dating from the turn of the sixties which were found, after some time, to be trite. The italics live their own life, only their upper-case letters have the same expression as the basic design. Thin and fragile, they work excellently, emphasizing certain parts in the text by their perfect contrast of expression. When seen from a distance they are a little bit darker than the Roman face. More…
Tyfa Roman was released in 1960 by Grafotechna in Prague for hot setting. Later on, Berthold produced letter matrices – “rulers” for Staromat devices, used for manual photosetting of display alphabets. In the eighties it was available on dry transfers of Transotype and today it is offered also by ITC.
The meticulously executed designs of the individual letters in the 288 point size are arranged into a set of signs on a cardboard of about B2 in size. The yellowed paper reveals retouches by white paint on the ink. Blue lines mark the baseline, the capital line, the ascender and descender lines and the central verticals of the letters. With regard to the format of the flat scanner, the designs had to be reduced, with the use of a camera, to the format A4, i.e. to the upper-case letter height of about 30 mm. These were then scanned in 600 dpi resolution and read as a bitmap template to the FontStudio programme.
The newly created bold type faces derive from Tyfa’s designs of the letters “a”, “n”, “p”, the darkness of which was increased further, approximately by 3%, to enhance their emphasizing function. The text designs have hairstrokes thickened by one third; the contrast between thin and thick strokes has been modified, in order to improve legibility, in sizes under 12 points.
We have used electronic interpolation to produce the semi-bold designs. Josef Tyfa himself recommends to choose a somewhat darker design than the basic one for printing of books.

ITC Tyfa™ Font families

The ITC Tyfa™ includes the following font families:

  • ITC Tyfa Pro Book
  • ITC Tyfa Pro Book Italic
  • ITC Tyfa Pro Medium
  • ITC Tyfa Pro Medium Italic
  • ITC Tyfa Pro Bold
  • ITC Tyfa Pro Bold Italic
  • ITC Tyfa Book
  • ITC Tyfa Book Italic
  • ITC Tyfa Medium
  • ITC Tyfa Medium Italic
  • ITC Tyfa Bold
  • ITC Tyfa Bold Italic

ITC Tyfa™ Preview

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