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Viaoda Typeface (Libre) - Free on Google Fonts


Viaoda Libre (Trial Version of Viaoda Antiqua) now free on Google Fonts​​​​​​​
Viaoda Libre is a display font. Inspired by Vietnamese cultural symbolism, Viaoda Libre is a mix of both the old and the new, appearing with traditional elegance and modern professionalism at the same time. It is designed to match media publications regarding tradition while also serve as titles and subtitles. The typeface is to be further developed in the future, with hopes to attain greater values for Vietnamese typeface

This booklet and the presented typeface were created in the summer semester 2020 in the course "Eine neue Schrift" lead by Felix Bonge at the Department Design of the HAW Hamburg. (This typeface was initially developed in the summer semester 2019 in the course Type Design - Under the direction of Professor Veljovic)

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Typeface: Viaoda Libre
Type Design: Gydient (Giang Nguyen)
Copywriting: Minh Pham
Type Engineer: Vietanh D. Nguyen
Animation: Hieu Vu & Gydient

“Ao dai” is one of the few Vietnamese words that appear in English-language dictionaries.
Ao dai is also one of the inspirations that led me to embark on designing Viaoda Libre. The word «Viaoda» stands for «Vietnam Ao dai». The thin, soft lines of the ao dai are depicted in each letter of the font. I tried to sketch the shape of every uppercase letter and stylize all the serifs so that the letters look as rhythmic and smooth as possible. Additionally, I created a unique look for the letter «H» by adding two dancing hands, which was inspired by the hands of Buddha.

Viaoda is a combination of the thin lines of ao dai and the shape of the temple roof.
It has a sharp contrast between the lines, creating a sleek and classic feel.

Viaoda Specimen

Opentype features

Viaoda in Use

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Viaoda Typeface (Libre) - Free on Google Fonts


Viaoda Typeface (Libre) - Free on Google Fonts