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Qi example

Qi

Qi is a family of three typeface designs I'm currently finishing. Depending on whether or not I decide to bring a fourth sibling into the family — Qi Outline — this type family should be available on MyFonts.com toward the end of this summer. The fonts contain all the European characters, diacritical marks, numerals, punctuation and other glyphs that should be expected in any good font. I plan to make each style available in both OpenType, TrueType and web type versions.

People keep asking me how to pronounce Qi and where I got the name. Well, I'm not sure of the pronunciation. I mostly chose the name because I liked the way the uppercase Q and the lowercase i looked together. I suppose you're free to pronounce it any way you'd like.

Qi examples
Qi alternate glyphs

My inspiration for Qi's design stems from letters on an old sign in my hometown. The sign has seen better days, but I've been intrigued by its Art Deco style letters since I was a kid. I've never been able to identify the typeface, so I decided to take those few letters, make refinements and expand what's there into an entire typeface. I know it sounds like the apocryphal story of how typeface revivals come about, but in this case, I have evidence (see below).

Manti Lumber Company sign