Athelas (typeface)

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Designer(s)Veronika Burian
Jose Scaglione

Athelas is a serif typeface designed by Veronika Burian and Jose Scaglione and intended for use in body text.[1] Released by their company TypeTogether in 2008, Burian and Scaglione described Athelas as inspired by British fine book printing.[2][3][4]

Athelas is included as a system font in Apple's macOS operating system and as a default font in its Apple Books e-books application.[5][6] It won joint first prize for best Latin-alphabet body text face at the Granshan International Type Design Competition in 2008.[7] It is named after a healing herb in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.[8] Cyrillic characters were later added to the font family, designed by Tom Grace, and monotonic Greek characters designed by Irene Vlachou.[2][9]

In 2017 TypeTogether released an Arabic extension to Athelas.[10] The new script extension was designed by Sahar Afshar, a type designer and researcher from Iran.


  1. ^ "Version 1.5 Improves Typography in iBooks on iPad and iPhone - The FontFeed (Web Snapshot)". Archived from the original on 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Athelas Font | Try, Buy and Download | TypeTogether".
  3. ^ Scaglione, Jose. "Athelas fue seleccionada por la Sociedad Argentina de Bibliófilos". Scaglione Design. Retrieved 22 September 2016. Athelas is an attempt to go back towards the beauty of fine book printing, inspired in Britain's literary classics.
  4. ^ Litherland, Caren (9 October 2014). "TypeTogether". Communication Arts. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. ^ "OS X: Fonts included with Mavericks".
  6. ^ "New Font Choices in iBooks 1.5 - 52 Tiger". 11 December 2011.
  7. ^ "2008 Granshan Type Design Competition Winners".
  8. ^ Fleishman, Glenn (12 December 2011). "Font swap in iBooks".
  9. ^ "Athelas - Tom Grace, typeface design and font development".
  10. ^ "Athelas Arabic Font | TypeTogether". Retrieved 2020-08-11.

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