Vena Amoris

An endearing formal script with clever features.

Designed by Kathryn Podorsky

My dear Edmond,
I found upon my return home to dinner yesterday, your letter informing me of your affection for Annie and asking that we confide her future happiness to your keeping...

New Orleans, 1895

Story

New Orleans, June 25, 1895

My dear Edmond,

I found upon my return home to dinner yesterday, your letter informing me of your affection for Annie and asking that we confide her future happiness to your keeping...

This excerpt was taken from a letter written by designer Kathryn Podorsky’s great-great-grandfather, Lucien Doize, in response to Edmond’s request to marry his daughter, Annie. The letter was not only beautiful contextually, but exquisitely penned and epitomized the delightful charm of the New Orleans people of the time.

Vena Amoris, or “Vein of Love” refers to a phrase coined by Henry Swinburne in his A Treatise of Espousal published in 1686. Vena Amoris also refers to the fourth finger on the left hand which was traditionally believed to contain a vein running directly to the heart, hence “the ring finger.”

As a digital font, Vena Amoris boasts an extensive Latin-based character set that supports 51 languages. Also included are stylistic and contextual alternates, ligatures, swash variants, oldstyle figures, and roman numerals and calligraphic words that will undoubtedly bring a dynamic quality to any setting.

All of those extras are driven by cleverly applied OpenType features allowing you to add harmony and calligraphic beauty to your layout.

Features

Discretionary Ligatures 
and with
and with
Titling Alternates 
1964-2019
1964-2019

Additional features include: Kerning, Fractions, Ligatures, Contextual Ligatures, Oldstyle Figures, Swash Variants, Localized Forms, Ordinals, Case Sensitive Forms, Capital Spacing, Stylistic Sets (ss01–03), Positional Forms

Glyphs

(There are 805 glyphs in Vena Amoris, but we didn't want to show off too much.)

alphabet

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
l
m
n
o
p
q
r
s
t
u
v
w
x
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figures & symbols

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
¼
½
¾
#
+
%
&
@
?
!
ß

ligatures

fi
fl
ffi
ffl
œ
æ

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