Numbers for every occasion.
Lining figures for titles, old-style figures for text, fixed-width figures for tables, and fractions and symbols — they’re all inside.
Lining and Old-Style Figures
Lining figures, standard in all styles of Inkwell, are built around the shapes of the uppercase, and designed to accompany either all caps or upper- and lowercase settings. Inkwell’s Serif and Sans packages additionally feature old-style figures, whose shapes ascend and descend to better harmonize with the lowercase and small caps.
Like letters, numbers are proportional: they vary in width according to their shapes, from the narrow 1 to the wide 0. These variations help numbers sympathize with the natural rhythms of the alphabet, making their appearance in text less conspicuous. But this practice introduces problems when used for tables, where the alignment of columns is paramount. Enter tabular figures.
In every weight of Inkwell Serif and Inkwell Sans, we’ve designed a full set of tabular figures, built on a fixed width to ensure that columns of data align correctly.
Duplexed Weights and Symbols
The tabular figures in Inkwell Serif and Sans maintain the same character widths throughout the complete range of weights and styles, an essential feature when using boldface to highlight an entire line (common in everything from stock listings to sports statistics.) In each style, the fractions, monetary symbols, and mathematical operators are built on identical widths, so that a price expressed in dollars won’t affect the grid when the currency is recalculated in Euros.
Inkwell’s Serif and Sans styles include readymade “case fractions” in denominations of halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, and eighths. Also included is a full set of numerators and denominators, all properly kerned to the fraction bar, for creating custom fractions. Superscripts and subscripts are included in every style, useful for both footnotes and scientific formulae.
Extended Monetary Symbols
In addition to the standard monetary symbols included in all styles of Inkwell (dollar, pounds sterling, Euro, yen, and cents), Inkwell’s Serif and Sans styles contain additional symbols for the Colon, Naira, Peso, Rupiah, Rupee, and Ruble.