Showcase: Calouste

Showcase: Calouste

Designed by Miguel Sousa

Designed in 2005 by Miguel Sousa in fulfillment of his Master of Arts degree from Reading University, the award-winning Calouste remains one of the very best Armenian fonts designed by a non-Armenian – and an exceptional effort irrespective of background. Miguel has since been recruited by Adobe’s type department and served as Chairman of the Jury for Granshan 2009.

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Calouste: full specimen

Calouste has yet to be distributed, commercially or otherwise…


  1. Bendy says:

    Very beautiful. What’s Hrant’s view on the extender length of the Armenian? It seems to follow the proportions of the Latin glyphs.

  2. As Butthead would say: «Hey, you’re paying attention!» :-)

    Please allow me to be a good host and delve into such gory details in an –eventual– Opinion piece…


  3. Bendy says:

    Sure, I’ll look forward to that. I remember somewhere you’d written that Armenian proportions are in approximate thirds rather than having the x-height as the prominent section.

    Calouste balances the two scripts remarkably well, to my non-Armenian eye.

  4. Yes, it deserves much praise.

    And it’s an interesting paradox that non-native eyes can play quite an important role.


  5. Pretty impressive. It’s interesting to be digging into the details here… I’m enjoying the *very* slight slant in the Armenian, for example, and how it still matches quite harmoniously with the Latin (which seems totally upright to me).

    > non-native eyes can play quite an important role.

    I’d love to hear more about this, here or wherever.

  6. Khajag says:


    When will it be available for purchase?

  7. Miguel Sousa says:

    Hrant, don’t be shy with the critic. Just keep in mind that this was student work and make sure you mention that you have really strong views about Latin-Armenian proportions. Nonetheless, I’ll concede that the proportions of the Armenian in Calouste do not work. One thing I realized towards the end of the project was that the relation between the cap height and the lowercase height of the Armenian was wrong. I didn’t have enough time to fix it, but if I were to do it again I would likely keep the lowercase height and increase the cap height, while keeping the Latin heights unchanged.

    Khajag, hopefully someday, but to be honest I don’t know. I haven’t done any work on it since 2005.

  8. The issue of proper vertical proportions across scripts is so broad and deep –going way beyond Armenian in fact– that attempting a treatment of the topic right here would be unfair and unproductive.

    However I can and will take the opportunity soon, and yes it will be in the Opinion section. :-)


  9. Matt Ash says:

    I’m also curious to know when this beautiful font will be available. Thanks.

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