Piston

A bold design inspired by the Industrial Revolution.

Designed by Steven Skaggs

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AlexandriNA VicToria 24 May 1819–22 January 1901 PAX BRitANNicA The Great TrAin RobBEry Full HEad of SteaM

Ezekiel 25:17

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the Inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness .

Story

Victorian revivals and inspirations will often seize on that period’s tendency toward florid decoration. However, the times were also the final surge of the industrial revolution, a time that witnessed the ultimate development in steam, diesel, and oil engines in myriad shapes and sizes.

Piston skillfully captures this indomitable age, boundless in its faith in the technologies of iron and steel, and tempers it with neo-classical details like the verticality of neo-gothic windows and finely-crafted finials. It’s all here in the brute strength of the verticals, the blackness of tight setting, and contrasting delicacy of the terminal serifs.

Designer Steven Skaggs designed Piston as a typeface to be tinkered with: Convert it to outlines, pull on the vertical and horizontal strokes, pack it tight, and a headline becomes a logotype. Built in OpenType features allow the letterforms to automatically change by substituting a myriad of custom ligatures.

Features

Stylistic Alternates 
Human
Human
Discretionary Ligatures 
Visually Satisfying
Visually Satisfying
Titling Alternates 
Non-Fiction
Non-Fiction

Additional features include: Kerning, Fractions, Ligatures, Ordinals, Superiors, Inferiors, Stylistic Sets (ss01–07), Final Forms, Initial Forms, Ornaments, and Contextual Ligatures,

Glyphs

(There are 624 glyphs in Piston, but we didn't want to show off too much.)

alphabet

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figures & symbols

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ligatures

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