As a child, Francesca Bolognini dreamed of becoming an Olympic gymnast. She could play for hours with her ribbon wand, mesmerized by the exquisite fast-moving patterns created as its tail swirled and danced through the air.

This might also be why as a type designer, she fell in love with the decorative, flowing letterforms of copperplate calligraphy and their smooth stroke modulation, an effect which results from the use of pressure-sensitive nibs, similar to those used in traditional fountain pens.

Combining her memories of the three-dimensional spinning ribbons from her childhood and the distinctive fluid flourishing of the copperplate letterforms inspired Francesca to design Volina.

Like most classically-proportioned script fonts, Volina boasts generous ascenders and descenders and large elaborately-constructed capitals. The strong diagonal inclination of its letters and the unapologetic curves of their flourishes give Volina a stand-out, cinematic look.

The strong modulation between thick and thin strokes is what creates the striking ribbon-inspired three-dimensional effect, with a thin channel of negative space appearing at each point where the flow of an imaginary pen might have changed direction, creating a pleasing, optical rhythm.

To capture this feeling of rapid movement, Francesca photographed ribbons made of different materials in motion and studied the resulting play of light and shadow, which she strove to reconcile with various copperplate styles.

Each character was then drawn and tested to achieve the most authentic dynamic, with some of them, such as the lowercase ‘f’, having over fifty exploratory versions. This very iterative process led to the development of a large number of alternate characters, many of which have been incorporated into the font to provide a wide range of calligraphic effects.

A contemporary interpretation of 19th century pointed pen calligraphy, Volina is an elegant and expressive font which has to be looked at closely to fully appreciate its exquisite construction and thoughtful design features.

Its whimsical personality and rhythmic, three-dimensional effect shines at large sizes, making it a great choice for anyone wanting to make a statement with a big impact.

To capture this feeling of rapid movement, Francesca photographed ribbons made of different materials in motion and studied the resulting play of light and shadow, which she strove to reconcile with various copperplate styles.

Each character was then drawn and tested to achieve the most authentic dynamic, with some of them, such as the lowercase ‘f’, having over fifty exploratory versions. This very iterative process led to the development of a large number of alternate characters, many of which have been incorporated into the font to provide a wide range of calligraphic effects.

A contemporary interpretation of 19th century pointed pen calligraphy, Volina is an elegant and expressive font which has to be looked at closely to fully appreciate its exquisite construction and thoughtful design features.

Its whimsical personality and rhythmic, three-dimensional effect shines at large sizes, making it a great choice for anyone wanting to make a statement with a big impact.

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