Kontiki

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Webfont Kontiki Fine 64 pts

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a pae-pae raft constructed from balsa wood and other native materials, christened the Kon-Tiki

Webfont Kontiki Used 42 pts

Mit seiner Expedition konnte er beweisen, dass es den präkolumbischen Indianern Südamerikas technisch möglich war, Polynesien zu besiedeln.

Webfont Kontiki Fine 16 pts German

Thor Heyerdahl wurde in Larvik geboren, wo sein aus Christiania stammender Vater eine Brauerei betrieb. Als einziger Nachkomme ältlicher Eltern wuchs er sehr behütet und verhätschelt auf, hatte aber auch große Freiheiten: Für Thors Sammlung von Kleintieren, Käfern, Insekten und Vogeleiern stellte der Vater auf dem Brauereigelände einen renovierten Raum zur Verfügung, den der Junge stolz »Zoologisches Museum« nannte. Als Kind hatte er Angst vor dem Wasser, nachdem er zweimal beinahe ertrunken wäre. Sogar als Jugendlicher weigerte er sich, Schwimmen zu lernen, bis er 1937 auf Tahiti in einen reißenden Fluss stürzte und um sein Leben kämpfen musste. Für Sport, ausgenommen Laufen und Klettern, interessierte er sich im Gegensatz zu seinen Schulkameraden nicht, war aber gern mit Zelt und Schlafsack im nahen Gebirge unterwegs. Ola Bjørneby, ein erwachsener Einzelgänger, der auf der verlassenen Alm Hynna in einem Schafstall hauste und sich mit einem Mobiliar aus Baumstümpfen, Steinen und Tannenzweigen zu begnügen verstand, brachte den Jungen auf den Geschmack für ein Leben unter primitivsten Bedingungen. Bereits zu dieser Zeit entstand der ernsthafte Wunsch, einige Zeit in einer von der Zivilisation möglichst unberührten Gegend zu verbringen. Im Jahr 1933 begann Heyerdahl das Studium der Zoologie und der Geografie an der Universität Oslo. Seine Zoologieprofessorin Kristine Bonnevie befasste ihre Schüler aber auch mit physischer Anthropologie. Auch stand Heyerdahl die damals größte Bibliothek über Polynesien von Bjarne Kroepelien zur Verfügung. Der Student Heyerdahl war bereits vor seiner Abreise so belesen, dass er Vorträge über die Marquesas halten konnte.

Webfont Kontiki Used 16 pts English

Heyerdahl was born in Larvik, Norway, the son of master brewer Thor Heyerdahl and his wife, Alison Lyng. As a young child, Heyerdahl showed a strong interest in zoology. He created a small museum in his childhood home, with a common adder as the main attraction. He studied zoology and geography at the faculty of biological science at the University of Oslo. At the same time, he privately studied Polynesian culture and history, consulting what was then the world's largest private collection of books and papers on Polynesia, owned by Bjarne Kroepelien, a wealthy wine merchant in Oslo. (This collection was later purchased by the University of Oslo Library from Kroepelien's heirs and was attached to the Kon-Tiki Museum research department.) After seven terms and consultations with experts in Berlin, a project was developed and sponsored by Heyerdahl's zoology professors, Kristine Bonnevie and Hjalmar Broch. He was to visit some isolated Pacific island groups and study how the local animals had found their way there. Just before sailing together to the Marquesas Islands in 1936, Heyerdahl married his first wife, Liv Coucheron-Torp, whom he had met shortly before enrolling at the university, and who had studied economics there. The couple had two sons; Thor Jr and Bjørn. The marriage ended in divorce. After the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, he served with the Free Norwegian Forces from 1944, in the far north province of Finnmark. In 1949, Heyerdahl married Yvonne Dedekam-Simonsen (1924–2006). They had three daughters: Annette, Marian and Helene Elisabeth. They were divorced in 1969. Heyerdahl blamed their separation on his being away from home and differences in their ideas for bringing up children. In his autobiography, he concluded that he should take the entire blame for their separation. In 1991, Heyerdahl married Jacqueline Beer (born 1932) as his third wife. They lived in Tenerife, Canary Islands and were very actively involved with archaeological projects, especially in Túcume, Peru, and Azov until his death in 2002. He still had been hoping to undertake an archaeological project in Samoa before he died.

Webfont Kontiki Rancid 16 pts Spanisch

Thor Heyerdahl (Larvik, Noruega, 6 de octubre de 1914 – Andora, Italia, 18 de abril de 2002) fue un aventurero y etnógrafo noruego. También se dedicó al estudio de la zoología, la botánica y la geografía. Alcanzó renombre mundial por organizar la expedición Kon-Tiki en 1947, durante la cual recorrió 8000 km a lo largo del océano Pacífico, desde las costas de Sudamérica hasta el archipiélago Tuamotu, a bordo de una balsa artesanal. Este viaje estuvo diseñado para intentar demostrar que los pueblos de la Antigüedad pudieron realizar largos viajes oceánicos que pusieran en contacto a culturas separadas, lo cual está estrechamente relacionado con un modelo difusionista de desarrollo cultural. Heyerdahl completó otros viajes destinados a demostrar la posibilidad de contacto entre pueblos antiguos muy distantes, caso de la expedición Ra II en 1970, que le llevó a navegar desde la costa occidental de África hasta Barbados sobre una balsa de juncos de papiro.

Webfont Kontiki Rotten 12 pts French

Thor Heyerdahl naît en 1914 dans la petite ville norvégienne de Larvik. Il s'intéresse très tôt à la zoologie, puis à l'ethnographie. Il se passionne pour l'étude du peuplement des îles polynésiennes, et, se basant sur des indices concordant du matériel archéologique et anthropologique des peuples polynésiens et de ceux du continent américain, il échafaude une hypothèse d'une expansion dans l'océan Pacifique venant de l'Est, contre la théorie admise jusqu'alors d'un peuplement venant de l'Asie du Sud-Est. Cette nouvelle théorie est accueillie fraîchement, il décide donc de l'étayer en entreprenant en 1947 de reproduire, dans les conditions de l'époque préhistorique, le voyage d'Amérindiens à la dérive à travers le Pacifique. Il part de Callao au Pérou avec cinq équipiers sur un radeau de troncs de balsa, baptisé Kon-Tiki, et au bout de trois mois atteint les îles Tuamotou : lui et ses cinq compagnons échouent sur l'atoll Raroia. Le livre qu'il écrit, L'Expédition du Kon-Tiki.

Heyerdahl
Expedição
Island at the End of the World
The Voyage
Nine balsa tree trunks
Polynesien
Across the Pacific
Humboldtstrom
Balsaflöße

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f l   f i
fl   fi

Standard Ligatures (LIGA)

Standard ligatures are designed to improve the kerning and legibility of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.

£ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
£ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
£ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
£ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Tabular figures (TNUM)

Tabular figures (TF) are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as a OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all styles. In Kontiki fonts also old-style tabular figures are included.

1 9 8 3   £ 3 9 6
1 9 8 3   £ 3 9 6

Old-style Figures (ONUM)

The proportional old-style figures feature changes standard figures to old-style figures which work well in running text, as they have the same proportions as lower case letters with their ascenders and descenders. There are also matching currency symbols for these numbers.

N o t e 5
N o t e 5

Superscript (SUPS)

Replaces all styles of figures (old-style, tabular, lining) and letters with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc. Superior characters are adapted in stroke weight and are also spaced more generously.

C 2 H 6 O
C 2 H 6 O

Subscript (SUBS)

Similar to the superscript numbers it replaces all styles of figures with their subscript alternates. Mainly the subscript feature is used to set formulas.

1 3 / 4 c u p s   7 / 8 i n c h
1 3/4 c u p s   7/8 i n c h

Arbitrary Fractions (FRAC)

Besides the included standard fractions, other arbitrary fractions could be easily done by using the fraction feature, which converts numerals in combination with a slash into fractions oriented to the capital height.

m a m a
m a m a

Contextual Alternates (CALT)

This OpenType feature is only availabe in the Pro version. It generates an automatic variation of glyphs with randomized selection. You can also choose the stylistic sets manually: Used (standard), Rancid (ss01), Rotten (ss02), Fine (ss03)

Process

Woodcuts by Pia Kolle
Sketches for the Clarendon

Manual sketches from the design phase of the Clarendon typeface


five printing plates
Testing different techniques

Testing different techniques: woodcut, linocut, toner transfer (left), sizes: 170 point, 130 point, 70 point (middle) and paper: aquarell paper, linnen, uncoated printing paper (right)


Max 1000 nodes per glyph
Comparison

Scanned printing image (right) in comparison to the digitized typeface (left)


printing

Printing on the dining room table

Testing different sizes

Testing different sizes on a wooden printing plate

Working with your heands

Working with your hands is a very liberating feeling

The best moment

The best moment is when you finally see the result

Original prints

Four original prints from the first printing plate with 38 glyphs


Felix Braden