Good, faithful Achates…
Named after the trusty Trojan that followed Aeneas throughout his adventures, Achates is a humanist sans workhorse well suitable for broad range of design projects.
Its soft, delicate and almost cursive shapes define warm and friendly typeface that is legible and easy on the reader’s eye. Following into the footsteps of its namesake, it is humble, informal yet stable and trustworthy. Ideally suited for advertising and packaging, editorial and publishing, logo, branding and creative industries, poster and billboards, small text and signage as well as web and screen design.
Achates provides a broad range of advanced typographical features such as language localization, alternates, stylistic alternates, extended ligatures, fractions and case-sensitive forms. It comes with a complete figure range set of old-style, lining and tabular figures. The family has extensive multilingual support, covering more than 70 Latin-based languages and specially designed Cyrillic with Bulgarian and Russian localization.
As Achates was a humble hero, a devoted friend and faithful companion to Aeneas on his journey to greatness, so this font can be your trusty sidekick on your creative path. The marvelous Agate is also named after the Trojan hero. It is considered as the stone to call on for support when you need stability and grounding in your life. Along with its supportive energy, the Agate stone has been long admired for its incredible beauty. So… a Trojan hero or a thing of beauty – it is up for you to decide… or just maybe both!
Design: Vassil Kateliev
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Vassil Kateliev was born 1980 in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2005 he took a major degree in Communication Engineering and Technologies at Technical University of Varna. Several years later after a very successful career as graphic designer, he decided to go back studying and in 2012 he took a second master degree in Industrial design at Technical University of Varna, where he currently teaches and writes his doctoral thesis.
Working restlessly in the field of Cyrillic type design, he often participates in various type and graphic design exhibitions home and abroad. In 2013 he was invited to display his works in New Bulgarian Typography exhibition, part of Sofia Design Week. In 2014 his type family Basil was awarded Special Mention in Cyrillic category at the 7th International Type Design Competition for non-Latin typefaces – Granshan 2014.
Since 2011 Kateliev is running small but promising independent type design studio called Karandash. He is also working in together with the renowned Bulgarian calligrapher and graphic designer Jordan Jelev in their collaborative type foundry – The FontMaker.