SEOUL is another pseudo-Asian font, but this time it’s modeled after Korean rather than the usual Chinese or Japanese script.  The basic design is contemporary, rather than brush-like.

SEOUL CAPS recreates the uniform weight and width of the Korean letters and borrows or approximates a number of actual forms.

The companion font, SEOUL STACKING, can be used to intersperse stacked pairs of letters (as in the sample block) for a more authentically “Korean” look.  To get a stacked pair, you simply type the upper letter in upper case, then the lower letter in lower case. Obviously this is for special effects and not continuous reading.  The Read Me file contains instructions for using this unusual font.

Korean script uses an alphabet of 24 letters.  Hangul, as it is known, was invented in 1444 and is written horizontally from left to right.  What gives it its characteristic bubbly texture is the use of smaller versions of the letters which are clustered to form syllable blocks, rather than same-size letters arranged along a baseline.  Spaces are used between words which may be composed of one or more syllables.

If you’re interested in international scripts, visit Omniglot or read the fascinating little book Typographia polyglotta by George Sadek and Maxim Zhukov (1997, Cooper Union).

For $5, you can get the complete set of 4 Seoul fonts: Seoul Caps, Caps Alt, Stacking and Stacking Alt. With a small effort, you can use it to create the stacked letters to give the font a more “Korean” look.  The alternate versions of have a number of different letterforms, some of which are seen in the sample on this page.

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