Favorit® Hangul is the most recent extension of our Favorit® family, supporting language use for South Korea, North Korea the Chinese Jilin Province, the autonomous Korean Yanbian Prefecture and the Korean Changbai County – coming both in a “Standard” and “Lining” style.
This 2020 update is the outcome of a close design collaboration with native specialist Mingoo Yoon, attempting to recreate the formal and conceptual idiosyncrasies of Favorit® in the Hangul alphabet and its letter shapes.
Hangul design by Mingoo Yoon
Design direction by Dinamo
Mastering by Daekwon Kim and Jieun Kim with Dinamo
Mega Thanks to
Mingoo Yoon, Daekwon Kim, Jieun Kim, Nayo Kim, Jieun Yang, Moonsick Gang, Minoh Song, Jude Kang, Min-Young Kim, Kiyeol Kim, Maalib, John Sampson, Jiyoon Cha and Rin Kim
The typeface Favorit is as old as Dinamo itself and still one of Dinamo’s most popular releases to date. From 2013 to 2017 we continuously worked on Latin grounds, developing the main family as well as Mono, Extended, Expanded, and Lining versions. Afterwards, we felt ready to test territories new to us, and started to develop Greek and Cyrillic character sets — both collaborations with native speakers and designers, exciting on many levels.
The memory of a flirt with the Hangul alphabet that had, cautiously, started on a research trip to Seoul back in 2016, came back to life. We had met type designer Mingoo Yoon and had already materialised the idea to test how well the DNA of Favorit — low contrast, tubular shapes, geometric construction, subtle quirks — would translate into the Hangul script. This time we could not resist. And so, starting in 2018, we let our typeface travel even further, into a script that is far away from how we learned to construct sentences and letterforms — a rewarding learning experience.
2016: Mingoo Yoon and Johannes meeting for the first time in Seoul
We decided to also create a “Lining” version of Favorit Hangul — a special Favorit style we already developed for the Latin alphabet: Tired of using design software's underline function (too thin by default and sitting awkwardly close to the characters) we wanted to create a version of Favorit that had the perfect Underline already built right into it. We discovered that all descending characters could merge with it - what provided unconventional letterforms and new ways of reading.
Korean is written in syllabic blocks fitting within a square system. Modern Hangul consists of 14 consonants and 10 vowels – which in combination covers around 11,172 glyphs.
For Favorit Lining it meant that the character set would triple, because of all the additional “initial” and “final” letterforms that the “Lining” logic requires. And for that we needed to re-wire our OpenType code to accommodate everything … last time we counted it was around 36.000 glyphs.
— Johannes Breyer, Mingoo Yoon & Fabian Harb, October 2019
Mingoo and his team double checking the 36'869 glyphs of the Regular Favorit Hangul file one last time