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Heliuum (with two u), designed by Damien Gautier in 2021, is not just a single font, it’s a playful typographic program. Indeed, behind simple but strong and determined shapes, this typeface contains seven different character sets.
Three ranges of uppercases evolve on three different heights. Four ranges of small capitals are standing on four different baselines aligned from the bottom to the
top of the taller uppercases.
A close look allows us to identify a precise goal from the type designer. Letters are not optically corrected, but many details give delicacy to its rugged shapes. Heliuum stands voluntarily between the mechanical and the sophisticated.
Thanks to OpenType ligature function, all combinations are directly accessible on the keyboard and the users compose texts as if they were playing the piano.
With a constant stroke thickness between the seven series and a similar width between uppercases and small capitals, letters align easily vertically and the designer immediately obtains dynamic compositions.
Heliuum is obviously a display type, conceived especially for magazines and their headings. Its seven series come with specific ranges of punctuation, creating infinite combinations. With its two weights (ExtraLight and Regular), art directors will love this font to compose dynamic and innovative typographic layouts.
Because of its strong identity and the originality of its letter arrangement, what if Heliuum could also be useful for creating brand identities?
Heliuum is also developed as a variable font. Web designers will appreciate the ability to dynamically vary the weight of the letters in order to bring movement to their compositions.