Cantarell Font
Font Name:Cantarell
Developer:Dave Crossland
Category:Basic > Sans Serif
Glyphs:295 glyphs / 387 characters
License Type:SIL Open Font License
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The Cantarell typeface family was designed during my study of MA Typeface Design over 2 years in the Department of Typography at the University of Reading (UK). The class of 2009 will have our work published on soon.

The typeface is designed as a contemporary Humanist sans serif, and was developed for on-screen reading; in particular, reading web pages on an HTC Dream mobile phone.

That device runs Google Android, and therefore has a web browser supporting the exciting new web fonts feature known as @font-face. As my very first typeface design, the typeface has many faults, yet it achieves the goal of improving readability on this device.

This highlights my motivation for undertaking a study of typeface design: I believe it is essential that when we use digital tools, our freedom to use, understand, modify and share these tools is respected. Otherwise, when the tool does not work in the way that we need, we will be unable to fix it.

These fonts were developed using only such software, mainly FontForge. Typeface designs are tools too, and therefore these font files are licensed in a way that respects your freedom — you are invited to extend them to meet your needs, such as to add the glyphs missing from your own writing systems, under the terms of the Open Font License.

Cantarell Font Character Map

Cantarell font contains 387 defined characters and 295 unique glyphs.

The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (93), Latin-1 Supplement (96), Latin Extended-A (127), Latin Extended-B (5), Spacing Modifier Letters (9), Combining Diacritical Marks (1), Latin Extended Additional (22), General Punctuation (26), Currency Symbols (1), Letterlike Symbols (1), Alphabetic Presentation Forms (5).

  • Font Name:Cantarell Regular
  • Subfamily:Regular
  • Version:Version 001.001
  • Designer:Dave Crossland
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  • License:Copyright (c) 2009 Dave Crossland This font is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. In summary, you are free to do anything you like with this font on your own computer, but if you redistribute modified versions to anyone at all, you must provide full source files to them when asked. This font is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. As a special exception, if you create a document which uses this font, and embed this font or unaltered portions of this font into the document, this font does not by itself cause the resulting document to be covered by the GNU General Public License. This exception does not however invalidate any other reasons why the document might be covered by the GNU General Public License. If you modify this font, you may extend this exception to your version of the font, but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to do so, delete this exception statement from your version.

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Font Info

Cantarell is a basic, sans-serif font designed by Dave Crossland. The font is licensed under SIL Open Font License. The font is free for both personel and commercial usages, modification and distribution. In doubt please refer to the readme file in the font package or contact the designer directly from

The font is also available as a webfont at Google Fonts.

The zip archive contains the following files:

  • · OFL.txt
  • · Cantarell-Regular.ttf
  • · Cantarell-Oblique.ttf
  • · Cantarell-Bold.ttf
  • · Cantarell-BoldOblique.ttf
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