Jabana is inspired by having a “Schorle” at Hamburgs coffee bars.
20 super compressed and extended letter shapes in 5 widths, smooth handwritten marker curves and especially a wide range of opentype features define the large character set of Jabana.
Further family member are the more standardized Jabana Alt and the nice Jabana Extras for fancy designs.
Each letter and punctuation got three simple varieties of alternates. This gives a nice looking handwritten nature to the font. They will be randomly chosen by the contextual alternates feature or even by hand via stylistic set (ss01, ss02).
The whole characters for serious western european typography comes along Jabana. Beside the standard accented letters, fractions, mathematical glyphs, superiors and inferiors you will find alternates, extra bullets, different arrows, negative figures and roman numerals.
Another reason for the amount of 1500 glyphs are the numerator and denominator letters which came from A-Z, punctuation and the extra bullets (ss09-16). They are meant to be used for decoration or distinction. Especially an opentype stylistic set gives an extra touch to it while putting a dot/line above denominators or underneath numerators (ss03+numr/dnom).
If Jabana is too unique for your purpose have a look at Jabana Alt. This alternate got some more standard uppercase shapes and a larger x-height with short descenders for the lowercase.
Extras! … If you need some awesome specials, Jabana Extras can help you to realize a fast and good looking design. Beside Arrows, Banners, Lines, Ornaments and Web or Coffee Icons you will find much more … You’ll love it!
Naming: Jabana/Jebena is a container used to brew coffee in the Ethiopian, Eritrean and Eastern Sudanese traditional coffee ceremony. It is usually made of pottery and has a spherical base, a neck and pouring spout and a handle where the neck connects with the base. ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jebena) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jebena)])
Standard, Contextual Alternates, Denominator, Fractions, Standard Ligatures, Numerator, Ordinals, Scientific Inferiors, Small Caps, Superscript, Tabular Figures, Slashed Zero