Airo was born out of the aesthetics of two single letter sketches, the upper- and lowercase “g”. These had a generous width, a monolinear stroke with high contrast links and were an overall mixture of sturdy and constructed but lively appearance.
These principles and looks were then turned into a full characterset and expanded by a black weight, further working out the characteristics of Airo. During the process accompanying mono styles seemed like a natural way to put a focus on the contrast of technoid and organic; and the play with the widths, e.g. resulting in turning the extra wide “o” into a condensed letter.
The most impact you get setting Airo in big sizes, no matter the medium. With several ligatures and alternates, wordmarks and phrases get extra particularity and charme. Nonetheless, you can set small paragraphs too or combine it with a neutral typeface of your choice!
Airo basically comes in two looks: The fluid and warm style, which is standard, and a more angular, hard appearance. The latter is accessible through various Stylistic Sets, letting you customize the Look & Feel of basic letters, some special glyphs and quotation marks. Additionally there are Standard Ligatures and some futuristic looking Discretionary Ligatures to choose from, besides of other usefull Open-Type-Features.
Thanks to the coverage of the Latin-Extended-A Unicode range, Airo supports most modern Latin languages. Actually, containing some additional accented glyphs, you can use Airo in 215 languages. If you still think your language isn't supported, you can look up the full list below or in the specimen.
All styles contain an extensive set of glyphs (628 each), covering the Latin Extended-A Unicode Range and various styles of numbers, currency signs, punctuation, arrows and various symbols that will might come in handy.
To get an overview of the full glyph set, all styles, OpenType-Features and text samples you can download the specimen below.
To get a complete overview of all features, the glyph set and range of cuts you can download the specimen. It is designed to work not only for information on screen, but to be printed out to get an impression of appearence in different sizes on paper.