The OpenType format defines a number of typographic features a font may support. This enable a font to e.g. specify alternate letterforms such as small-caps.
Software – e.g. Adobe InDesign or Affinity Publisher – let users enable this.
Web browsers supporting CSS Fonts Module Level 3 support this via 'font-feature-settings'.
Following Opentype features are supported by Tranemo.
Tranemo is a geometric sans-serif. A modern interpretation of the typeface used on road signs in Sweden. For Swedish people, Tranemo brings to mind an authoritarian and credible – but friendly – voice. A typeface Swedish people have a relationship to.
Compared to the source of inspiration, Tranemo adds more weights, an italic counterpart, better language support and Opentype features. It’s designed in line with what’s expected from a modern typeface, including optimised for screen and available as a variable font.
Tranemo is better suited for long text use with it’s generous letter spacing. A good fit for identity work and display settings. Performing well both on screen and in print, making it perfect for the next-door startup.
The original – Tratex, short for “traffic text” – is developed for maximal readability on Swedish road conditions. Tranemo is not intended to replace it for this purpose. In the original, many glyphs are missing and are miss-placed. A two weight typeface (light and dark) with a narrow area of use. Tranemo aims to correct this and bring the familiar lettershapes – with all its quirks – to more people by supporting more languages.
The design of Tranemo started as a design exercise. Road signs are omnipresent in all our cities. For a trained eye it’s not hard to see it was engineered rather than designed. How could I maintain the feeling of the typeface, make it more consistent and carry that into a type family? Happy with how it progressed, I decided to finalise it and release it as my first retail font.