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By Laura Worthington

A large and rare undertaking, Charcuterie is a family of ten distinct yet related typefaces, many of which have their own font families, and three decorative/ornamental typefaces.

This ambitious, yet accessible, set offers a virtually endless series of combinations, allowing each designer to form a tasty platter of ingredients, one that is uniquely theirs, for each project. Used solo or blended with other fonts from this large family, elements of Charcuterie are well suited for headlines, titling, logos, display, packaging, signage, or advertising. Dig deep into each typeface to find a rich set of fonts (the number depending on the typeface), revealing variations upon variations.

The word charcuterie means the preparation of meats. Today, it often refers to a wide and varied selection of meats served together, listed as a single, beautiful, and complex menu item.

Charcuterie also serves to transcend a central taboo in our industry -- that of mixing too many fonts in one page or project. This forbidden act gained its unfortunate reputation from abuse and excess or simple inexperience. Charcuterie brings back a powerful tool for artfully tackling a project and retaining all the complexity the designer envisions. It does all the heavy lifting, taking the guesswork out of combining typefaces and providing a set unified by the eye and hand of one type designer. Despite the multitude of font combinations available, there is a sense of harmony and continuity, just as the interior design world discovered that they could, indeed, combine plaids, stripes, and florals if they were based on a common thread: such as the same tones or intensities of hues. The single hand that created Charcuterie imposes a sense of compatibility, despite how different the fonts initially appear to be. The further glue that holds this set together is the availability of font files, purchased separately, of decorative elements: Charcuterie Catchwords, Charcuterie Ornaments, and Charcuterie Frames (borders, corners, and frames).

If you'd prefer, purchase individual fonts within these typeface families. Each is strong enough to stand on its own.

Charcuterie Frames, Engraved and Cursive work best with Open Type savvy applications.