For what might be the first time, a single, unified typeface has been created that supports Canada’s two official languages, as well as our country’s Aboriginal languages.
The typeface, Canada 150, was created by Canadian typeface designer Raymond Larabie. He has offered his creation to the Government of Canada for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The typeface includes all Latin characters and accents, common Cyrillic characters, and syllabic and diacritical elements contained in Canada’s Aboriginal languages. The typeface is provided in two weights: light and regular.
The typeface is only available through the application process established for the use of the Canada 150 logo.
Born in Ottawa in 1970, Raymond Larabie grew up in cottage country along the Madawaska River. His life-long fascination with type and letterforms began while experimenting with dry-transfer lettering (Letraset) as a youth and was further strengthened with the advent of early personal computers in the 1980s. He eventually enrolled in the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College.
In addition to operating an independent type foundry, he developed a passion for typography in video games. In 2008, Mr. Larabie relocated to Nagoya, Japan, where he continues to run Typodermic Fonts Inc. and distribute his typographic creations as freeware and through commercial licenses. The list of his career achievements in this environment includes videogame titles that are instantly recognized around the world.
On the subject of Canada 150, Mr. Larabie says, “My life in Canada has undoubtedly influenced my typeface designs. The country’s surroundings provide a lifetime of visual stimulus. There’s a subtle accumulation of national identity that viewers unconsciously absorb from type, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to have one of my designs included in this very important Canadian celebration. It’s a chance to contribute to the 150-year development of Canada’s very own visual identity.”