About Orkney Font
Orkney Font is a free geometric sans serif typeface with a clear and easy-to-read design. It was designed by Samuel Oakes, a creative designer from London, and Alfredo Marco Pradil, a graphic designer from Batangas City. This modern font is clear, elegant, and delightful. Orkney is very suitable for modern design from commercial materials to minimalist websites. Clean lines and neat corners make this font easy to use and an excellent choice for many types of projects.
The font has 8 weights, including regular, bold, thin, and medium, and their matching Italics that were added later by Cristiano Sobral. Orkney Font can be used for various projects in print or on-screen. It comes with 400+ characters, including uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, full language support for Baltic, Basic Latin, Central European, Dutch, Euro, Romanian, Turkish, and Western European.
Samuel Oakes’ initial sketches show a clear vision of how Orkney Font characters should be in smaller sizes such as adding a tail to the lowercase “L”. Most of the features have been kept especially the truncated lowercase “k” which is one of the features of this typeface.
Orkney is located off the northern coast of Great Britain, 16 kilometers (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness, and includes about 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited. The largest island, the mainland, often referred to as the “mainland”, is 523.25 square kilometers (202 sq mi), making it the sixth-largest Scottish island and the tenth-largest in the British Isles. The largest settlement and administrative center is Kirkwall.
The name “Orkney” dates back to the 1st century BC and the islands were inhabited for at least 8,500 years. The Orkney Islands were originally conquered by Mesolithic and Neolithic tribes and then by the Picts but were conquered and annexed by Norway in 875 and settled by the Norsemen. The Scottish Parliament then re-annexed the territory to the Crown of Scotland in 1472 after failing to pay the dowry to Margaret, James Il’s bride, Dane. Orkney is home to some of Europe’s oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites. The “Neolithic Heart of the Orkney Islands” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Light Italic
- Regular Italic
- Medium Italic
- Bold Italic