Reforma typeface notes

You can find here my notes for the Reforma typeface. Reforma was designed by Alejandro Lo Celso and programmed by Guido Ferreyra as part of a commission to the PampaType foundry by the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. It is published under the Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0 and you can use it for free with attribution. It consists of 3 subfamilies: the Reforma 1918, the Reforma 1969, and the Reforma 2018.

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Opinions & notes

The following quotes are from a blog post written by the designer that explains the story of the typeface, and from the PDF files that come with the font files.

"The Reforma type family is divided into 3 subfamilies:
  • Reforma 1918, the classic version (humanist serif).
  • Reforma 2018, the modern version (humanist sans-serif).
  • Reforma 1969, a hybrid version (incise, flare serif)".

Reforma is a multi-form humanist typeface that combines the virtues of Roman epigraphic tradition, such as dignity and sobriety, with a sense of modern friendliness.

The following quote is from a Typographica review by Luara Meseguer.

…Reforma explores versatility by way of a common skeleton wearing different outfits.

My notes

  • Reforma 1918 looks good in large sizes, but I prefer the other two for body text.
  • Reforma 2018 (the sans-serif) version gives me a “calculator vibe”. This happens due to the extreme modulated strokes of the bold versions, near the joining strokes. For example:
    n h p
  • When you download the font files, you get a specimen PDF and a PDF with usage instructions.
  • It doesn’t have a regular weight, but you can use the Gris version (500) with lighter colors.
  • The zip includes woff/woff2 files, and because they are small, there’s no need for Unicode subsets.
  • It has a black 900 version, but it’s used exclusively by the university.

Playground

All notes are for the following version:

Version 1.001; ttfautohint (v1.6)

A peep at some distant orb has power to raise and purify our thoughts like a strain of sacred music, or a noble picture, or a passage from the grander poets. It always does one good.

OpenType features

All the Reforma subfamilies support 22 layout features in roman and 25 in italics. They support all types of figures (onum, pnum, tnum, lnum), but they doesn’t have small caps. Reforma has many interesting stylistic sets, and the italic versions have discretionary ligatures. There are also some uppercase ligatures but they are exclusively used by the University. The following table shows some of the most interesting features:

Feature codeOnOffNotes
salt or ss01J K R QJ K R QAll stylistic alternates.
ss02JupiterJupiterCapital J without a descender.
ss03ROCKROCKLong leg in capital K & R.
ss04QualityQualityCapital Q with a long tail.
ss05 (italic)QualityQualityItalic capital Q with an extra-long tail.
ss06TomeTomeTaller capital T.
ss07 (italic)YseraYseraAlternate italic capital Y.
dlig (italic)effect stationeffect stationItalic discretionary ligatures.
ss05 + dlig + italicQuestionQuestionCombination.

Interesting characters

For more interesting characters see the OpenType features above, check the playground, or get a copy from Pampatype’s site and drop it in the Wakamai Fondue app to discover them yourself.

  • C
  • H
  • J
  • M
  • Q
  • R
  • a
  • f
  • n
  • r
  • 9
  • &
  • “”

Character support

According to Wakamai Fondue, it has 276 characters and 359 glyphs. The font files cover the majority, if not all, of the following Unicode sets.

SetRange
LatinU+0000-00FF
RestU+2000-FB01

Not complete sets (below 50%)

Total characters = 42. This means that the typeface supports only specific languages/characters from these Unicode blocks.

SetRangeNotes
Latin Extended-AU+0100-017F14 chars
Latin Extended-BU+0180-024F1 char
Spacing Modifier LettersU+02B0-02FF5 chars
Combing Diacritical MarksU+0300-036F11 chars
GreekU+0370-03FF3 chars
Latin Extended AdditionalU+1E00-1EFF8 chars

Weights & styles

Each subfamily comes in 3 weights with matching italics: light 300 (Blanca), semi 500 (Gris), and bold 700 (Negra). Italic = Italica.

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