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DESCRIPTION:

The new typeface, Ainslie, with its mix of influences from Oz, makes its mark as the first semi-serif from insigne Design.

 

Ainslie, named for Mt. Ainslie and Canberra’s inner suburb of the same name, was originally developed for the Canberra Australia Centennial Typeface Competition. Canberra is Australia’s capital, and it’s a planned city designed by American Walter Burley Griffin, a contemporary and one-time associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. Griffin’s plan involved a distinctly geometric design with several focal points--one of which was Mt. Ainslie. This same purely geometric scheme is now the basis for insigne’s new release.

 

Similar to the Chatype project in its scope, its challenge, and the way its concept was developed, Ainslie incorporates influences from Canberra and surrounding areas to form a font that is uniquely Australian. In comparison, Chatype was developed for the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee by insigne in conjunction with designer Robbie de Villiers. Chatype took elements from Chattanooga’s industrial character and Cherokee past and merged them with the area’s technological influences.

 

Likewise, Ainslie takes Canberra’s distinct, geometric design and blends it with the organic, flowing effect of aboriginal art. Add in touches from the smooth, aerodynamic design of the boomerang and Ainslie gives you a look uniquely Australian yet usable in a wide range of applications.

The fashionable typeface includes a multitude of alternates that can be accessed in any OpenType-enabled application. These stylish alternates along with a number of swashes as well as meticulously refined details with ball terminals and alternate titling caps keep the font well accessorized. Also included are capital swash alternates, old style figures, and small caps. Peruse the PDF brochure to see these features in action. OpenType enabled applications such as the Adobe suite or Quark can take full advantage of the automatic replacing ligatures and alternates. This family also offers the glyphs to support a wide range of languages.

 

While Ainslie wasn't selected as the final font in the Canberra competition, the outcome allowed for additional adjustments to the typeface. Several approaches were attempted for the final product including a technological hexagonal concept, which may still be developed to another form later. Some of the organic forms were removed and substituted with more abrupt endings, leaving the face looking pretty spiffy and a fair bit more legible. In the end, Ainslie was pulled back to the basic forms from which it was started.

Give it a go for your next project. It’s guaranteed to be anything but a barbeque stopper.

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LICENSES:
Desktop
Application
LANGUAGES SUPPORTED:
Basic Latin
FEATURES:
SmallCaps Basic Latin
Advanced information
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Thin
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
159.11 kB
otf
V001.001
159.11 kB
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Ainslie Norm Thin Italic
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V001.001
167.34 kB
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V001.001
167.34 kB
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Ainslie Norm Light
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V001.001
160.45 kB
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V001.001
160.45 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Light Italic
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otf
V001.001
166.98 kB
otf
V001.001
166.98 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Book
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V001.001
163.65 kB
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V001.001
163.65 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Book Italic
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V001.001
167.52 kB
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V001.001
167.52 kB
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Ainslie Norm Regular
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otf
V001.001
163.79 kB
otf
V001.001
163.79 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Regular Italic
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otf
V001.001
166.59 kB
otf
V001.001
166.59 kB
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Ainslie Norm Medium
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V001.001
162.6 kB
otf
V001.001
162.6 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Medium Italic
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V001.001
164.82 kB
otf
V001.001
164.82 kB
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Ainslie Norm Demi
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V001.001
162.96 kB
otf
V001.001
162.96 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Demi Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
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V001.001
167.23 kB
otf
V001.001
167.23 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Bold
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otf
V001.001
162.57 kB
otf
V001.001
162.57 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Norm Bold Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
166.72 kB
otf
V001.001
166.72 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Thin
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
161.02 kB
otf
V001.001
161.02 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Thin Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
167.16 kB
otf
V001.001
167.16 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Light
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
161.96 kB
otf
V001.001
161.96 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Light Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
165.9 kB
otf
V001.001
165.9 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Book
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
162.14 kB
otf
V001.001
162.14 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Book Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
166.42 kB
otf
V001.001
166.42 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Regular
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
163.45 kB
otf
V001.001
163.45 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Regular Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
165.83 kB
otf
V001.001
165.83 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Medium
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
163.92 kB
otf
V001.001
163.92 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Medium Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
163.95 kB
otf
V001.001
163.95 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Demi
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
163.41 kB
otf
V001.001
163.41 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Demi Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
165.57 kB
otf
V001.001
165.57 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Bold
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
162.28 kB
otf
V001.001
162.28 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Cond Bold Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
167.67 kB
otf
V001.001
167.67 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Thin
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
161.23 kB
otf
V001.001
161.23 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Thin Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
167.96 kB
otf
V001.001
167.96 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Light
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
161.29 kB
otf
V001.001
161.29 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Light Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
167.83 kB
otf
V001.001
167.83 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Book
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
164.15 kB
otf
V001.001
164.15 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Book Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
168.12 kB
otf
V001.001
168.12 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Medium
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
163.37 kB
otf
V001.001
163.37 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Medium Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
166.34 kB
otf
V001.001
166.34 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Regular
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
164.14 kB
otf
V001.001
164.14 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Regular Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
165.13 kB
otf
V001.001
165.13 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Demi
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
163.88 kB
otf
V001.001
163.88 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Demi Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
165.53 kB
otf
V001.001
165.53 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Bold
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
162.69 kB
otf
V001.001
162.69 kB
FULL FONT NAME:
Ainslie Ext Bold Italic
FORMATS AVAILABLE:
otf
V001.001
167.31 kB
otf
V001.001
167.31 kB
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Ainslie Norm Thin
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Ainslie Norm Thin Italic
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Ainslie Norm Thin Italic
Ainslie Norm Light
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Ainslie Norm Light
Ainslie Norm Light Italic
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Ainslie Norm Light Italic
Ainslie Norm Book
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Ainslie Norm Book
Ainslie Norm Book Italic
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Ainslie Norm Book Italic
Ainslie Norm Regular
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Ainslie Norm Regular
Ainslie Norm Regular Italic
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Ainslie Norm Regular Italic
Ainslie Norm Medium
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Ainslie Norm Medium
Ainslie Norm Medium Italic
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Ainslie Norm Medium Italic
Ainslie Norm Demi
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Ainslie Norm Demi
Ainslie Norm Demi Italic
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Ainslie Norm Demi Italic
Ainslie Norm Bold
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Ainslie Norm Bold
Ainslie Norm Bold Italic
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Ainslie Norm Bold Italic
Ainslie Cond Thin
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Ainslie Cond Thin
Ainslie Cond Thin Italic
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Ainslie Cond Thin Italic
Ainslie Cond Light
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Ainslie Cond Light
Ainslie Cond Light Italic
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Ainslie Cond Light Italic
Ainslie Cond Book
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Ainslie Cond Book
Ainslie Cond Book Italic
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Ainslie Cond Book Italic
Ainslie Cond Regular
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Ainslie Cond Regular
Ainslie Cond Regular Italic
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Ainslie Cond Regular Italic
Ainslie Cond Medium
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Ainslie Cond Medium
Ainslie Cond Medium Italic
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Ainslie Cond Medium Italic
Ainslie Cond Demi
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Ainslie Cond Demi
Ainslie Cond Demi Italic
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Ainslie Cond Demi Italic
Ainslie Cond Bold
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Ainslie Cond Bold
Ainslie Cond Bold Italic
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Ainslie Cond Bold Italic
Ainslie Ext Thin
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Ainslie Ext Thin
Ainslie Ext Thin Italic
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Ainslie Ext Thin Italic
Ainslie Ext Light
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, From 24
Ainslie Ext Light
Ainslie Ext Light Italic
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, From 24
Ainslie Ext Light Italic
Ainslie Ext Book
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, From 24
Ainslie Ext Book
Ainslie Ext Book Italic
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, From 24
Ainslie Ext Book Italic
Ainslie Ext Medium
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, From 24
Ainslie Ext Medium
Ainslie Ext Medium Italic
From 24
, From 24
Ainslie Ext Medium Italic
Ainslie Ext Regular
From 24
, From 24
Ainslie Ext Regular
Ainslie Ext Regular Italic
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, From 24
Ainslie Ext Regular Italic
Ainslie Ext Demi
From 24
, From 24
Ainslie Ext Demi
Ainslie Ext Demi Italic
From 24
, From 24
Ainslie Ext Demi Italic
Ainslie Ext Bold
From 24
, From 24
Ainslie Ext Bold
Ainslie Ext Bold Italic
From 24
, From 24
Ainslie Ext Bold Italic

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