Cormorant is an original design for an extravagant display serif typeface inspired by the Garamond heritage, hand-drawn and produced by Catharsis Fonts. While traditional Garamond cuts make for exquisite reading at book sizes, they appear clumpy and inelegant at larger sizes. The design goal of Cormorant was to distill the æsthetic essence of Garamond, unfetter it from the limitations of metal printing, and allow it to bloom into its natural refined form at high definition.
Cormorant is characterized by scandalously small counters, razor-sharp serifs, dangerously smooth curves, and flamboyantly tall accents. While many implementations of Garamond at small optical sizes already exist (including the open-sourced EB Garamond by Georg Duffner), Cormorant aims for the sparsely populated niche of display-size counterparts that exploit the high resolution of contemporary screens and print media to the fullest.
While Cormorant’s quality is most evident in titling and poster usage at the largest sizes, its Garamond genome renders it highly legible down to text sizes on high-resolution devices and in print. This is particularly true about the «Cormorant Garamond» cuts of the typeface.
Cormorant incluces full Cyrillic support.
Cormorant fonts come in three distinct master styles: The classic Cormorant Roman, the matching true italics Cormorant Italic, and an unslanted cursive named Cormorant Upright. Furthermore, four variant styles of the Roman are offered to make the most important OpenType alternate features readily available to users without OpenType-savvy applications:Cormorant Garamond, which offers larger counters and subtly more traditional Garamond shapes for a few key characters to achieve more reading comfort, Cormorant Infant, in which the letters «a g y» and their derivatives are replaced by gentle schoolbook-style single-storey shapes; Cormorant SC, in which the lowercase glyphs are replaced by small-caps; and Cormorant Unicase, a small-caps variant with some lowercase letterforms for an eye-catching futuristic look.
Each style is available in a range of five weights: Light, Regular, Medium, Semibold, and Bold.
Cormorant is a native 21st-century typeface making ample use of OpenType technology. Some OpenType features are applied automatically while you type, subtly improving the flow of the text. This includes kerning, standard ligatures, and contextual alternates. Other features are intended to be activated manually by the user, such as discretionary ligatures, stylistic alternates, small capitals, and alternate figure sets. Note that not all text processors, design applications, or browsers support all OpenType features, and some applications may require the user to switch these features on manually (such as Microsoft Office).
Like all Catharsis Fonts typefaces, Cormorant features an extensive character set (Adobe Latin 4) supporting a wide range of languages, such as Vietnamese. Cormorant Roman includes over 1500 glyphs, Italic and Upright over 1000.
The Cormorant typeface and all its associated font files are free software under the SIL Open Fonts License (OFL).
If you are interested in the source files, please visit the Cormorant GitHub page.
Cormorant is also available as a free webfont from Google Fonts. Use it for your websites