Taviraj Font

by Cadson Demak
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Taviraj is a serif Latin and looped Thai typeface that has a wide structure that ensures readability and legibility. It is well-suited for formal usage. Thai letters have thick and thin strokes, similar to the Latin, together with rounded and airy looped terminals. Taviraj is a 9 weight family that includes italics.

Taviraj is a Thai word that refers to the last two kings of Krungsri Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. People also metaphorically refer to Taviraj as the fall of a dynasty, and that is the reason why it appeared in the poem written by King Rama V regarding the situation of Siam being threatened by French expansionism, with his majesty expressing his sorrow towards the possibility of the end of his era. A traditional Thai style of typeface is called “farangses,” which means french, and Taviraj is in this genre. This contradiction highlights its origin.

A similarity between some glyphs such as ก ถ ภ ฤ ฦ and ฎ ฏ is something to take into consideration because it might lead to confusion when typesetting very short texts. Taviraj takes a specific approach when dealing with the thick and thin strokes of Thai glyphs. Other type designers of Thai fonts may like to use this approach as a reference. Formal looped Thai typefaces have delicate details so care must be taken when expanding them to heavier weights, to retain all the details. The size and position of Thai vowel and tone marks has been managed carefully because they are all relevant to readability, legibility, and overall texture.

The Taviraj project is led by Cadson Demak, a type foundry in Thailand. To contribute, see github.com/cadsondemak/taviraj


SIL Open Font License - OFL (Free for Commercial Use)

Uploaded on

07 April, 2018

18 font files

Taviraj Black style Taviraj Black | OpenType | Taviraj-Black.otf
Taviraj Black Italic style Taviraj Black Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-BlackItalic.otf
Taviraj Bold style Taviraj Bold | OpenType | Taviraj-Bold.otf
Taviraj Bold Italic style Taviraj Bold Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-BoldItalic.otf
Taviraj DemiBold style Taviraj DemiBold | OpenType | Taviraj-DemiBold.otf
Taviraj DemiBold Italic style Taviraj DemiBold Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-DemiBoldItalic.otf
Taviraj ExtraBold style Taviraj ExtraBold | OpenType | Taviraj-ExtraBold.otf
Taviraj ExtraBold Italic style Taviraj ExtraBold Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-ExtraBoldItalic.otf
Taviraj ExtraLight style Taviraj ExtraLight | OpenType | Taviraj-ExtraLight.otf
Taviraj ExtraLight Italic style Taviraj ExtraLight Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-ExtraLightItalic.otf
Taviraj Italic style Taviraj Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-Italic.otf
Taviraj Light style Taviraj Light | OpenType | Taviraj-Light.otf
Taviraj Light Italic style Taviraj Light Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-LightItalic.otf
Taviraj Medium style Taviraj Medium | OpenType | Taviraj-Medium.otf
Taviraj Medium Italic style Taviraj Medium Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-MediumItalic.otf
Taviraj style Taviraj | OpenType | Taviraj-Regular.otf
Taviraj Thin style Taviraj Thin | OpenType | Taviraj-Thin.otf
Taviraj Thin Italic style Taviraj Thin Italic | OpenType | Taviraj-ThinItalic.otf

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