Gira Sans is Rui Abreu’s personal take on the grotesque model. Rui looked for inspiration in the early sans serifs of the 19th century; not with the intention to do a revival of Victorian types, but rather in an effort to infuse a modern face with a playful, human feel. The resulting typeface is decidedly contemporary yet subtly quirky, reminiscent of vintage grotesques. It combines clean, clear letterforms with delightful curvy details. The family comes in seven weights – ranging from a slender Thin to a joyful, chubby Extra Bold – all with matching true italics.
Gira’s well-balanced character shapes, large x-height, and generous proportions make it perform well in extended body copy. Given the fact that it is a grotesque, subtle features like the delicate modulation of the strokes and the almost imperceptible angle of the rounded letters enhances its performance as a text face. When used big the idiosyncratic design details like the rounded dots and oblique cuts make it a charismatic display face. This versatile type family lends personality to editorial design and headlines, and can be used for a varied range of other typographic applications.
The fully featured family of OpenType fonts includes small caps for all the weights, eight figure styles, full latin language support and extended ligature sets.