Skolar is a robust text typeface designed to address the needs of serious typography. It has been used extensively across diverse platforms and purposes. Skolar’s letterforms follow conventional proportions allowing for comfortable reading. It maintains credibility while incorporating a subtle personal style.
Features such as its relatively large x-height, robust serifs, and low contrast make Skolar a reliable choice even at small sizes and for the most complex editorial and academic text settings. Skolar PE has a vast character set that caters for nearly four hundred languages and various transliterations (Pinyin, Sanskrit) using Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek (incl. polytonic).
“When we decided to replace our sans serif body copy, News Gothic, with a more classic serif face we decided on Skolar quite early on in the redesign process. The editor’s brief was ‘classic with a twist’ and we felt Skolar more than provided this.”
— Mick Moore, British Journal of Photography
“Skolar accomplishes the goal sought after by virtually every text face: to make its mark with a distinct personality and yet remain effortlessly readable by letting that personality slip secretly and silently into the background.”
— Elliot Jay Stocks, 8 Faces magazine
“It feels formal, without being stuffy, and has a bit of quirk to it, like someone wearing a suit with rainbow striped socks. The italic is especially lovely.”
— Jason Santa Maria
“Skolar shows that a typeface can be both subtle and engaging, academic and practical, easy on the eyes and sophisticated—and both we and our readers learned to appreciate these qualities over the years.”
Amharic (Latin), Burmese (Latin), Chinese (Latin: Pinyin), Indian languages (Latin: Hunterian transliteration), Indian languages (Latin: National Library at Kolkata), Indian languages (Latin: UN), Japanese (Latin: Kunrei), Japanese (Latin: Modified Hepburn), Kazakh (Latin), Khmer (Latin), Kirghiz (Latin), Korean (Latin: McCune Reischauer), Korean (Latin: National standard), Lao (Latin), Macedonian (Latin), Modern Greek (Latin), Mongolian (Latin), Nepali (Latin), Pali (Latin: Rhys Davids system), Persian (Latin), Russian (Latin), Sanskrit (Latin: IAST), Standard Arabic (Latin: DMG), Standard Arabic (Latin: EI), Standard Arabic (Latin: ISO 233), Standard Arabic (Latin: ISO/R 233), Standard Arabic (Latin: UN), Tajik (Latin), Ukrainian (Latin), Urdu (Latin), Uzbek (Latin)
Variable font axes:
Weight (wght): 300 to 700
Skolar is a trade mark of Rosetta Type Foundry s.r.o.
David Březina is the managing director at Rosetta. While you may know him as the designer of the award-winning type family Skolar, he has also worked on custom typefaces for Adobe, Linotype (Monotype), Microsoft, Google, and others. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin. David holds a Master’s degree in computer science from Masaryk University in Brno (Czechia) and an MA in Typeface Design and PhD from the University of Reading (UK). His cross-disciplinary PhD thesis studied visual similarity and coherence of characters in typefaces for continuous reading in Latin, Cyrillic, and Devanagari scripts.
He has also been actively involved in writing, presenting, and conducting workshops on type and typography around the world.