I started designing Ingra in 2007, as a derivative of Lipa (ex DeloBorza), a typeface specifically drawn for newspapers’ info-graphics. The earlier design of the typeface was a narrow version of Lipa Sans, made in order to optimise the use of space in a newspaper setting. After a few years, I came up with the wider version for a broader range of uses, since designers already used it in different ways. After a few attempts, I left the old fonts behind and I decided to redraw it as a brand new typeface. The resulting typeface has a strong connection to its ancestor in terms of functionality, but it has a different character. That’s why this family got a new name and it’s not part of the upcoming styles of Lipa family. You can buy Ingra on Adobe Typekit.
Ingra comes in 10 upright styles and three widths. Cursive members of the family are planned for mid 2015. With a wide range of styles, from Hair to Extra Bold, it is well suited for any kind of editorial, advertising, packaging or corporate design, both on print and screen.
Every Ingra style comes with a set of 1.624 characters. It includes alternate characters, all kinds of numerals, standard and a bunch of other useful ligatures, real small caps, inferior and superior letters and numbers, wide set of currency symbols and more than 240 pictograms and ornaments.
All four sets of numerals: tabular, proportional, lining and old style are part of the glyph set, but it’s not all. There are also tabular and proportional sets of numbers for use with the small caps. A little something extra for type nerds.
Inferiors, superiors and fractions are accessed through Open Type features. Two sets of rounded digits can be recalled as Stylistic Set 15.
Priceless extensive set of currency symbols.
In addition to the standard ligatures, there are more than a dozen discretionary ligatures shown in pdf specimen.
Alternate characters can be used to change the flavour of words. You can find them in applications which allow use of the Open Type Stylistic set, like Adobe InDesign.
There are combinations of letters that can be problematic and require special care and attention. For example, a g followed by a j, though they get along well in lighter weights, clash inevitably in heavier weights. Ingra has a contextual alternate for j when it follows a g in order to avoid such problems.
You noticed the different dot on the alternate j, right? Last, but not least, Ingra has two different sets of dots, punctuation, and diacritics - default squarish and rounded as Stylistic Set 16.
And finally, Ingra has 246 useful pictograms and symbols for everyday editorial needs.