Jost* is a font for the digital age. It's based off of the work of Paul Renner, the designer of Futura. Jost* is an origonal font that aims to keep the attitude of Futura rather than the exact design. Futura was designed to be functional in its day and in that spirit, Jost* aims to be as functional as possible in the digital era. For that reason it deviates from the exact designs of Paul Renner, favoring, for example, a larger x-height. It also includes features, many of which would not be possible in the era of Paul Renner. Jost* has 9 weights, ranging from Hairline to Black. It can support many languages, includes stylistic alternatives, and both tabular and proportional numbers. Using Jost* on the web is as easy as copying a line of code into your webpage and includes automatic updates. As of version 3.0, Jost* supports OpenType Variable Font technology that allows users to control the exact weight and italic of the font. Best of all Jost* is still being actively developed meaning it will continue to improve and future updates may include features requested by you! Visit the website for more information!
Rebuilt from the ground up.
2.1 Added oe ligatures to support French, fixed some italics
2.2 Added alternative a, fixed some kerning, fixed overshoot in bolder weights, added thin version!
2.3 Fixed missing kerning information on Book, Medium, and Bold weights
3.0 Redesigned and rebuilt to work as an OpenType Variable Font. Added Hairline, Semi, and Heavy weights. Added tabular number alternatives. Improved language support. General fixing of things.
3.1 Fixed metadata and metric issues
3.2 Renamed font from "Renner*" to "Jost*" due to international intellectual property rights concerns. Fixed some kerning issues, added capital sharp S, added Polish glyphs. Minor design fixes.
3.3 Added optical compensation to italics. Added Czech support. Minor tweaks and fixes.
To use on your webpage, simply put the following line of code into the
<head> of the webpage you'd like to display Jost* and use
font-family: 'Jost*'; in your css.
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://indestructibletype-fonthosting.github.io/jost.css" type="text/css" charset="utf-8" />
Building the Variable Font.
Jost* is licensed under the SIL open type license, meaning that it is free to use and modify. However, because of the difficulty associated with creating the OpenType Variable Font features, the compliled, functoning version of this font requires a payment of $10 or more on the website. However, if you'd like to build this font yourself using the source code, the follow the following instructions.
Download the complete source code, either by cloning this repository or downloading the .zip file.
Download and install fontmake which can be found here.
Navigate to the "Variable Font Files" folder and run
fontmake -o variable -m jost.designspace. This
should build the finished font file. If you have any questions don't look at me, I don't know what I'm doing.
If you have questions or want to help out, send me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org