Airam blends contemporary legibility with historic blackletter forms, creating a contemporary text face that speaks to the old European past. The term blackletter refers to a style of typefaces that evolved out of Northern Europe's medieval manuscript tradition. Often called gothic, or Old English, these letters are identified by the traces of the wide-nib pen stroke within their forms. Typefaces designed in this style normally exhibit a drastic thick-thin stroke contrast. They tend to be set a bit narrow, leaving the appearance of a black tone across the page. The strokes of these letterforms also appear quite "broken" in nature (indeed, the German term for blackletter - gebrochene Schriften - literally means broken letters). To fit the bill, when set on a page, Airam certainly appears darker than most other contemporary text faces. Airam's letterforms are slightly broken, too.
Airam is a trademark of Linotype GmbH and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
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