Years ago, Kristal started as a sketch for a logotype, giving way to ideas and energy that didn’t fit in a short-term project with limited design freedom. Since then, Eyal Holtzman grew the design into a unique family of eight: three weights with striking, spirited italics and an all-caps inline titling style. An Ornaments font rounds out the extended character-set and language support of the text styles.
As a versatile book face, Kristal provides a pleasant reading experience while giving the text a very special character and sparkle. The acute stroke endings in uppercase and lowercase letters – almost blade-like – enliven every paragraph. Headstrong and expressive, but still rooted in calligraphy and easy to combine with other typefaces and scripts. The Open Caps display style evokes a timeless, festive look and may be applied in monumental lettering, elegant card or cover designs, adding nuance and combining harmoniously with the rest of the family, or they can be used in their own right.
Kristal has received a Type Directors Club Certificate of Typographic Excellence in 2022.
Kristal supports the following languages
Afrikaans, Albanian, Asu, Basque, Bemba, Bena, Bosnian, Catalan, Chiga, Colognian, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Embu, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gusii, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kalaallisut, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Luo, Luxembourgish, Luyia, Machame, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Meru, Morisyen, North Ndebele, Northern Sami, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nyankole, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Rombo, Rundi, Rwa, Samburu, Sango, Sangu, Scottish Gaelic, Sena, Shambala, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss German, Taita, Teso, Turkmen, Upper Sorbian, Vunjo, Walser, Welsh and Zulu.