The Libelle typeface is a luxuriant and dazzling display of the lettering and typographic arts. This digital interpretation of the 18th-century copperplate hand harnessed the power of the OpenType™ format to produce a font that is not only stunning, but also extraordinarily versatile.
Libelle, from designer Jovica Veljovic, shares its name with the German word for “dragonﬂy.” Like its namesake, Libelle is dramatic, charming and more than a little exotic. This feature-rich, English copperplate script is also a clear demonstration of Veljovic’s mastery of calligraphic and letterform design.
“I have an afﬁnity for old engravings, and I adore their letters,” he recalls. “As a student, I would spend an hour before class each day practicing the English copperplate style on my own. While it could be said that engraving styles displaced writing as personal expression, the stylized forms of engraved letters symbolize a peak of craftsmanship and skill.”
The impulse to create a typeface in the English copperplate style, however, came to Veljovic only after he acquired a copy of the two-volume Johannes Pine edition of Horace’s “Opera” (Quinti Horatii Flacci “Opera”). The early 18th-century British book’s pages were printed entirely from engraved plates; it was the ﬁrst book to have all of its text in engraved lettering. “After purchasing the book,” Veljovic said, “it was only a matter of time before I had to create a digital typeface following this exceptional lettering style.”
To provide graphic designers with the ability to replicate true copperplate lettering, Veljovic drew a large suite of swash and alternate characters. “I created alternates for almost all lowercase letters,” he said, “in order to give the user the possibility of setting variable letter combinations. I have also added ligatures to use in place of a few critical letter combinations.” Available as an OpenType™ font with more than 400 swash and alternate characters, Libelle can imbue text with all the grace and richness of a hand-lettered formal script. In addition, the design has an extended character set that supports most Central European and many Eastern European languages.
As a special treat, we’ve created a suite of Libelle wallpaper designs that you can download for free. Enjoy!
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 (ePubs)
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 licensed for EPUBS
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