Elementar is a parametric font system designed to bring more typographic flexibility to digital screens. Elementar embraces and explores the unique properties of digital media: the pixel, the coarse resolution grid, and the dimension of time.
The iPad application was developed with the Objective- C framework that comes with the Apple iOS Developer Program.
Building a tool to demonstrate Elementar in its native screen environment, Typotheque offers the free Elementar iPad App with gesture interface to select fonts easily and intuitively.
Elementar fonts are ‘pixel fonts’ (or outline bitmap fonts) delivered as standard OpenType fonts. Pixel fonts are not scaleable like conventional outline fonts; because the lettershapes are designed on the grid, each different size requires a separate design, available as a different font. A pixel font can be used only at its specific size and multiples of that size.
Because Elementar fonts are designed on the grid, they look sharp on screens without the need for hinting or smart rasterisers. When used as a webfont, Elementar produces essentially the same shapes on Windows and MacOSX computers, despite major differences between the rasterisation approaches of these operating systems.