Bona Nova by Mateusz Machalski

Bona Nova by Mateusz Machalski

The Bona Nova project was created for the purpose of digitizing Bona — a typeface created in 1971 by the designer of Polish banknotes, Andrzej Heidrich.

The original Bona only comprised of only one style — italic, but Bona Nova currently includes no less than 9 styles, a very extensive character set, small caps, alternates, and OpenType features.

The fonts

  • FREE: 3 Bona Nova styles — Regular, Italic, Bold
  • The full Bona family also includes 6 additional display styles:
    • Bona Sforza (ornamental) — Light, Regular, Bold
    • Bona Title (display) — Regular, Italic, Bold

The OpenType features

  • Standard & Discretionary Ligatures
  • Contextual & Stylistic Alternates
  • Swashes
  • Ordinals, Fractions, Slashed zero, Superiors, Numerator, Denominator, Inferiors
  • Figures Styles: Default, Lining, Oldstyle, Proportional, Tabular, Default Figures Width
  • Smallcaps
  • Capitals to Smallcaps
  • Case Sensitive Forms
  • … and more.

Typeface characteristics

  • Classical proportions
  • Limited details and subtle contrast
  • Inspired by the Italian renaissance Antiqua
  • Ordinals, Fractions, Slashed zero, Superiors, Numerator, Denominator, Inferiors
  • Figures Styles: Default, Lining, Oldstyle, Proportional, Tabular, Default Figures Width
  • Smallcaps
  • Capitals to Smallcaps
  • Case Sensitive Forms
  • … and more.
The team behind the Bona Nova project

All the team members graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

  • Andrzej Heidrich — author of original Bona typeface. Well known in Poland for his 50+ years of work (banknotes, documents and postal stamps designed by Heidrich are in common use). He also created military decoration medals and ex libris graphics.
  • Mateusz Machalski — The author of Bona Nova Project. Graduated the Graphic Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with honors.
  • Leszek Bielski — Design collaborator
  • Ania Wieluńska — Design collaborator
  • Michał Jarociński — Design collaborator
Category
Language support
Latin Extended (includes over 300 diacritics)
Format
OTF
License
SIL Open Font License v1.1    → Licenses explained
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Bona Nova Regular

Bona Nova Italic

Bona Nova Bold