This is version 3.3, which includes a number of changes. The most significant is the italics, which have now been optically compensated. There is also now Czech support and some fixing of metadata issues.
A MODERN MASTERPIECE
When Paul Renner designed Futura in 1927 it looked chic and ahead of its time. The great design is due, in part, to Heinrich Jost, who was instrumental in realizing Paul Renner’s ideas. Futura is dazzling in its simplicity, welcoming in its rationality. It’s simple and beautiful. Many fonts find the spotlight for a time, but Futura has remained as relevant and innovative as it was when it was created 90 years ago.
A TRIBUTE FOR THE DIGITAL ERA
Jost* aims to keep the attitude of Futura rather than the exact design. Futura was designed to be functional in its day, and in that spirit, Jost* aims to be as functional as possible in the digital era. For that reason it deviates from the exact designs of Paul Renner, favoring, for example, a larger x-height or more balanced capital forms. It also includes some features which would have not be possible in the era of Futura.
Jost* doesn't just come with a book and bold weight. As of version 3.0 there are now a staggering nine weights. This doesn’t just make it handy in its expressivity, it also allows it to adapt to all manner of context and media.
EXTENDED CHARACTER SET
Jost* has hundreds of characters and supports over 50 languages. It also includes fractions and unusual punctuation such as the interrobang.
ALTERNATE CHARACTER SETS
Do you miss the single story lowercase "a" of Futura? No worries! Jost* comes with a stylistic alternative for its "a" giving you the best of both worlds. Jost* also comes with tabular numbers in addition to the default proportional numbers.
VARIABLE FONT TECHNOLOGY
The latest release of Jost* supports OpenType variable font technology! Loading the variable font version of Jost* into a program such as Adobe Photoshop will allow you to precisely control the weight and italic angle of the font, giving you control like never before. Because this is a new technology that takes considerable time and energy to build, the completed variable font version of Jost* is available for a minimum of $10. The static version with 9 weights is still available for free and the source code for the variable font version is free to download and comes with instructions on building it yourself.
EASY WEB USE
Want to use Jost* on your website? indestructible type* now offers free and easy webfont hosting. Simply copy and paste the following code into the <head> of your website and use font-family: 'Jost*'; in your css. The best part is that as I continue to develop and update Jost*, your website will reflect these changes with no extra work from you.
Jost* is now at version 3.3, meaning this font has been worked and reworked since its inception. Many of the changes and improvments have come directly from the community. If there are ways that you think Jost* can be improved, reach out and maybe Jost* 3.4 will include that feature or fix.
TEST JOST* OUT
Or, if you like, download and try it out! You don't have to pay anything if you don't want to! You can always come back and pay what you think it's worth.