Basta uses soft contours to somewhat relieve the austerity of sharply cut roman typefaces. The upper case letters, for example, are rounded from the shoulders to the front strokes. The soft flow of the lines is supported by the manner in which the heaviness of the »e« and »c« is shifted almost into the horizontal. Thanks to the gentle serif endings, the lines do not move as if between tracks. It is impressive how little space is required to achieve effortless readability. Short ascenders and descenders enable smaller line spacing. Basta is therefore particularly well suited to narrow columns of text.
Basta fonts are available in OpenType Basic (no features) and OpenType Expert (features included). OpenType features provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software.
Basta Expert fonts come with proportional lining figures with varying widths and kerning. Oldstyle and tabular figures are available via features. The space glyph measures exactly half of the width of tabular figures, therefore it can easily be used for spaces in tabular composition.
|Proportional Lining Figures|
|Tabular Lining Figures|
|Proportional Oldstyle Figures|
|Tabular Oldstyle Figures|
Numerals separated by a slash will be replaced automatically by real fractions.
Standard figures will be replaced by superior figures.
Standard figures will be replaced by inferior figures.
Correct typographical glyphs e.g. in Romanian (commaaccent replaces cedilla) and Turkish (dotaccent on the small caps lower case i).
The typographic layout features can be accessed via the Opentype palette (Illustrator) or the Character palette (InDesign and QuarkXpress). All glyphs available with the font can be seen in the Glyph palette.