The Agmena typeface family is a fine melding of digital technology and beautifully crafted Renaissance fonts. Not based on any single typeface, it incorporates the finest qualities of early Roman designs, interpreting them as remarkably powerful OpenType fonts.
Jovica Veljovic is well known for his typeface designs and his masterful calligraphy. It is less widely known that Veljovic is also passionate about handsomely printed antique books. His Agmena typeface pays homage to this passion. “Though many of my typefaces are used to set books and publications,” he says, “none of them were designed specifically for this purpose.”
Veljovic originally drew what was to become Agmena as part of several book design commissions dating back to 2000. “I was able to see how the typeface performed when printed in various publications,” Veljovic recalls. “After each project, I carefully studied the results and made subtle – and sometimes not so subtle – changes to the design.” After 12 years of fine-tuning, Veljovic was ready to release Agmena as a suite of commercial fonts.
“The designs include many details that are only revealed with a close inspection,” says Veljovic. “I wanted Agmena to have the almost poetic voice of a good storyteller, one that could be enjoyed for a long time.” To achieve this, Veljovic carefully modulated and harmonized the shapes and proportion of what he refers to as the “sculptural letters” like the B, R, o, and g, with those he calls “lyric letters,” such as the S, a, and k.
The Agmena family is available in four weights, each with a complementary italic design. The lightest (book) weight was drawn to suggest the impression of handset metal type when printed on uncoated paper, while the roman weight achieves the same effect on coated stock. Semi-bold and bold weights round out the family.
Veljovic drew these typefaces with character sets that enable the setting of most Central European and many Eastern European languages. He supplemented his designs with a bevy of ligatures, swash characters and even a suite of dingbats. Not stopping there, he also designed Cyrillic and Greek versions of the Agmena alphabet. “The Cyrillics were easy,” says Veljovic, “I was born in Serbia and the Cyrillic languages are a natural for me. The Greek version of Agmena, however, posed some challenges. I do not know the Greek language,” says Veljovic, “so I studied many older Greek manuscripts and pamphlets, copying the characters as calligraphic shapes. I then used these letters as the foundation for my design. It was a time-consuming process, but I had great fun learning the letters – I even drew some special ligatures.”
Veljovic found the most difficult part of the design process to be the italic designs. “I wanted to establish the balance between the thick and thin strokes, to preserve a sense of elegance while ensuring optimum readability at small sizes.”
The complete Agmena family is available both as desktop fonts and as dynamically downloadable Web fonts.
While primarily intended for books and periodicals, Agmena can be an excellent choice whenever a warm, and highly legible, text typeface is needed. Agmena has a design personality, but it does not overpower. It performs its job – providing textual information, whether in lengthy blocks or short snippets – with verve and grace.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licenses for eBooks
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses