A Digital Type Foundry & Academic Resource

Alphatier Pro Regular

About This Design

Alphatier™ (pronounced alpha-teer) came from on-going design experiments that refer to the historical evolution of letterform identities. The underlying question for these experiments is: how far beyond mere variation can the designer go in creating letterforms and still have them communicate a textual message?

My approach to this combines an extensive, personal experience in creating letterforms with a basis of inspiration from research in the history of alphabetic systems. While the letterforms are exclusively my own designs, inspiration has often been found in runes, shorthands, obsolete writing systems, or cursives that were the precursors to today’s scripts and handwriting models. This process, combined with the visual constant of hand-wrought forms, has provided this design with an authenticity that gives evidence of the alphabet’s human roots.

Turning these forms into a functioning typeface involved a lot of work. After the initial investigations had been made - hundreds of sketches and drawings were created - a period of distillation was required; a process of development and refinement needed to cull the forms that were able to work together, to allow them to find their voices and to provide the entire group of letters with a collective personality. Alphatier is a design for display and short text applications which begins to abandon the traditional formal scheme of the alphabet. It remains a cohesive typographic system less through the familiar roster of similar shapes and more through its overlying character.

The name Alphatier - the German word for "alpha male" (literally, "alpha animal") - refers obliquely to deep historical roots and an almost primordial resonance that letterforms have in the human psyche.


Alphatier Pro Features

Alphatier Pro Specifications:
CFF PostScript OpenType
(see Technical Issues for compatibility)
OpenType features:
All Caps
Proportional Lining Figures
Proportional Oldstyle Figures
Stylistic Alternates
Historical Forms

Alphatier Pro Pricing

Computers Single Package† Family‡
1-5 $45.00NA$120.00
6-10 $84.00NA$220.00
11-25 $123.00NA$360.00
26-50 $201.00NA$525.00
51-75 $240.00NA$665.00
76-125 $318.00NA$840.00
126-175 $396.00NA$1050.00

‡Complete Family 3 fonts.

†Available Packages: None

All prices are in US dollars. For enterprise, OEM or web server licensing, please contact TypeCulture.

All sales are processed by SWREG. View the End-User License Agreement.

All fonts are available for immediate download after purchase. After completing the checkout process, you will receive a link by email which will download your order. The link will stay active for 36 hours. Fonts downloaded from TypeCulture.com are compressed in zip format.

Buy Alphatier Pro Regular
Buy Alphatier Pro complete family