Slowglass is a quirky geometric display typeface in five weights with matching italics and additional Text and Alt cuts. It supports extended Latin, Cyrillic and Greek.




Slowglass is a typeface I started designing in 2017. It was meant as a bespoke font for a friend I met through DeviantArt. I sent him some of my drafts, asked what he liked best, and began a new design, taking some inspiration from the one he picked. This is how Slowglass v1 came to life. By that time, I somehow got out of touch with Mike, but I had a typeface that (I thought) was ready, so I released it “free for personal use” on DaFont. Then I took the plunge and published it as my first font on Creative Fabrica.




Some time later, I spotted my font in the wild! It was used for the logo and menu of the fictitious Saintly Fare restaurant in the movie Always Be My Maybe. I was thrilled to see the font in use, except… the logo didn’t look all that great.




Slowglass v1 was a unicase design, but the movie people didn’t quite respect that and faked the uppercase. The half‑uncial–inspired spur on the e was chopped off too. A black stroke was added around the letters and the outlines somehow ended up weirdly distorted and more rounded than necessary.

It came out mediocre, but it got me thinking: someone liked the general idea of the font
and used it. (Or maybe they just looked for “Vietnamese fonts” and got this? I guess I’ll
never know). More importantly though, I came to a conclusion that apparently, uppercase
is a useful feature in a font!

I was inspired enough to get back to the drawing board. All glyphs in the existing weights were redrawn, I added proper capitals, three new darker weights, and some brand new crazy-ass italics. And yes, the e lost its beak. This is how that logo might have looked if it was made with Slowglass version 2:




I delegated the unicase glyphs to a separate Slowglass Alt cut, and designed more conventional forms for the main cut and the Text cut. All alternates can be mixed and matched via OpenType stylistic sets as well.


Slowglass v2
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Slowglass v2

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