Pieter van Rosmalen may be best known for his versatile text faces like the Nitti series. Yet there are two souls, thankfully, dwelling in his chest. His fascination for type design began with pixels and modular display fonts — a genre that still excites him even though progress has long rendered bitmap fonts technically unnecessary.
The Alterego type family started in 2001 by layering the same bitmap letters on top of each other in Photoshop, then playing with transparency and layer sequence. In 2010 a previous version was released as part of Bold Monday’s Pixel Package, but was discontinued. Nevertheless, van Rosmalen didn’t want to let it disappear completely as he was still fond of the typeface — in fact, it’s one of his favorites. He decided to develop it further and prepare it for today’s design possibilities by adding more weights and three display styles (Alterego Big). The criss-cross of strokes progress over the now five weights from a thin waffle grid to a closed pattern of squares. All fonts share glyph widths across styles so they can easily be layered, individually coloured or even animated to striking effects. In this way, the otherwise one-dimensional bitmaps acquire an interesting spatiality and depth.
To make the new Alterego the versatile one among the chequered display typefaces, the fonts sport a fully fledged Latin Extended character-set including support for Vietnamese, Greek, Extended Cyrillic and Hebrew. And as a special bonus, we are offering a hearty variant for free (basic Latin character set).
Pieter van Rosmalen
Alterego supports the following languages
Afrikaans, Albanian, Asu, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bemba, Bena, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chiga, Colognian, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Embu, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Greek, Gusii, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kalaallisut, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kazakh, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Luo, Luxembourgish, Luyia, Macedonian, Machame, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Meru, Mongolian, Morisyen, North Ndebele, Northern Sami, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nyankole, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Rombo, Rundi, Russian, Rwa, Samburu, Sango, Sangu, Scottish Gaelic, Sena, Serbian, Shambala, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss German, Taita, Tajik, Teso, Tongan, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Upper Sorbian, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Vunjo, Walser, Welsh, Western Frisian, Yiddish, Yoruba and Zulu.