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Web3 Foundation launches Unbounded, a world-first in community-funded typographic fonts

September 4, 2022 in Community, Product, Ecosystem

Web3 Foundation is proud to announce the arrival of Unbounded, believed to be the first open-source, freely available and on-chain funded typographic font in the world.

Unbounded, which supports more than 400 languages, will immediately be put to work as the official font for the website of Polkadot, the flagship project of Web3 Foundation. The project was enabled through the Polkadot Treasury - an on-chain, decentralized and community-driven source of funding for Polkadot projects.

Unbounded is ideal for members of the Polkadot network’s multilingual global community to make use of in their own marketing materials.

Ignasi (Iggy) Albero, Design Lead at Web3 Foundation, said: "We were not satisfied with the options currently available, so we decided to build something unique from zero, and offer it to the community for free. Unbounded has a low entry barrier, is freely available, and can be used by all our community members across the world.

“We think of Web3 brands as ‘composable’, meaning its core elements can provide a framework for the community to build design upon. We developed a high-quality open-source font that will allow the Polkadot brand to evolve and at the same time grow the creative community."

Unbounded by both name and nature, the newly available font comes in six display weights ranging from light to black, as well as a single variable font.

The typeface supports both Latin and Cyrillic scripts with more than 1,300 individual glyphs, including a collection of symbols and a unique figure building system. This allows it to accommodate a huge spectrum of languages, with special attention paid to African languages that have historically been overlooked.

Unbounded, distributed under an open font license, is marked by distinctive forms and unconventional details, as disruptive as the movement that inspired them. The Unbounded project came together through a joint collaboration between the agencies Koto and NaN, plus Parity Technologies, and Web3 Foundation for Polkadot Network.

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