Alverata is a twenty-first-century typeface whose design is inspired by capitals in inscriptions from the Romanesque period (c. 1000–1200). The design’s relationship with the Romanesque is embodied both in the letterforms and also (in Alverata Irregular) by multiple variants of many characters, a feature of Romanesque inscriptions and manuscripts. The design of the typeface was also an opportunity for an investigation into how far convention within the Latin script can be stretched without disturbing the readers with unfamiliar details. In conventional Latin script lower-case letterforms, curves and rounds prevail, whereas in the capitals straight lines and angles dominate. In Alverata Irregular these characteristics have been partly exchanged. Furthermore, the design of Alverata reflects developments in design and the arts of the twentieth century, as well as recent typographic developments. There is an Informal variant, and Greek and Cyrillic versions are available.
Unger, G., (2013) Romanesque capitals in inscriptions, Typography papers, 9, London, Hyphen Press