Cormorant is an original design for an extravagant display serif typeface inspired by the Garamond heritage, hand-drawn and produced by Catharsis Fonts. While traditional Garamond cuts make for exquisite reading at book sizes, they appear clumpy and inelegant at larger sizes. The design goal of Cormorant was to distill the æsthetic essence of Garamond, unfetter it from the limitations of metal printing, and allow it to bloom into its natural refined form at high definition. Cormorant is characterized by scandalously small counters, razor-sharp serifs, dangerously smooth curves, and flamboyantly tall accents. While many implementations of Garamond at small optical sizes already exist (including the open-sourced EB Garamond by Georg Duffner), Cormorant aims for the sparsely populated niche of display-size counterparts that exploit the high resolution of contemporary screens and print media to the fullest.
Cormorant is a free display type family developed by Christian Thalmann. The project currently comprises a total of 45 font files spanning 9 different visual styles (Roman, Italic, Infant, Infant Italic, Garamond, Garamond Italic, Upright Cursive, Small Caps, and Unicase) and 5 weights (Light, Regular, Medium, SemiBold, and Bold.) Cormorant was conceived, drawn, spaced, kerned, programmed, interpolated, and produced in its entirety by Christian Thalmann of Catharsis Fonts. For an illustrated presentation and description of the family, please visit its Bēhance page. While this project was heavily inspired by Claude Garamont's immortal legacy, Christian did not use any specific font as a starting point or direct reference for the designs. Most glyphs were drawn from scratch; when he needed guidance on a specific character, he searched for the term Garamond and skimmed through the results for a general impression.
Cormorant fonts come in three distinct master styles: The classic Cormorant Roman, the matching true italics Cormorant Italic, and an unslanted cursive named Cormorant Upright. Furthermore, four variant styles of the Roman are offered to make the most important OpenType alternate features readily available to users without OpenType-savvy applications: Cormorant Garamond, which offers larger counters and subtly more traditional Garamond shapes for a few key characters to achieve more reading comfort, Cormorant Infant, in which the letters «a g y» and their derivatives are replaced by gentle schoolbook-style single-storey shapes; Cormorant SC, in which the lowercase glyphs are replaced by small-caps; and Cormorant Unicase, a small-caps variant with some lowercase letterforms for an eye-catching futuristic look. Each style is available in a range of five weights: Light, Regular, Medium, Semibold, and Bold. Cormorant is a native 21st-century typeface making ample use of OpenType technology. Some OpenType features are applied automatically while you type, subtly improving the flow of the text. This includes kerning, standard ligatures, and contextual alternates. Other features are intended to be activated manually by the user, such as discretionary ligatures, stylistic alternates, small capitals, and alternate figure sets. Note that not all text processors, design applications, or browsers support all OpenType features, and some applications may require the user to switch these features on manually (such as Microsoft Office).