The free and healthy typeface for bread and butter use
Designed by Friedrich Althausen
eight grainy styles
содержит кириллические символы
»čømplętè eůröpeāŋ łanğuaġe šűpporţ«
much more …
Vollkorn is the famous body typeface by Friedrich Althausen, Germany. Initially released in 2006 and one of the first at Google’s Webfonts in 2010. For free as always – pay what you want.
Since 2014 with eight styles and multi language support.
Vollkorn comes in eight awesome styles
new! Support of all european languages
that use the latin alphabet. Support of “Adobe Latin 3” character set.
What is spoken in the worlds bakeries?
new! Basic Cyrillic
for Russian. Vollkorn Italic Cyrillic is still to come.
А а Б б В в Г г Д д Е е Ё ё Ж ж З з И и Й й К к Л л М м Н н О о П п Р р С с Т т У у Ф ф Х х Ц ц Ч ч Ш ш Щ щ Ъ ъ Ы ы Ь ь Э э Ю ю Я я
new! Multiple Figure Sets
Ligatures & Contextual Alternates
Various Alternate Glyphs
Character Set of Vollkorn Regular:
Total amount of 535 characters. Medium, Semibold and Bold according.
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Character Set of Vollkorn Italic:
Total amount of 458 characters. Medium Italic, Semibold Italic and Bold Italic according.
Show them all!
Vollkorn is carefully spaced and kerned. (Vollkœrning)
Total amount of over 2,100 manually adjusted class kerning pairs (roman styles, italic is OK with less). That would give over 56,000 expanded pairs.
For improved appearance on screens Vollkorn is hinted with ttfautohint
Special Glyph Designs for Heavy Weights
Manually drawn glyphs where automatic interpolation could not convince.
Generous use of OpenType features: locl, sups, numr, dnom, frac, ordn, lnum, pnum, tnum, onum, dlig, liga, calt, case, salt, ss01, cpsp.
new!Multiple File Flavours
Vollkorn comes to you as
- PostScript OpenType .otf
- TrueType OpenType .ttf
- Web Open Font Format .woff
- Embedded OpenType .eot
Version 3.005 | March 18th 2014 | 8 styles | .ttf .otf .woff .eot
Pay what You want.
If you want to use Vollkorn for websites you may like the simple handling of Vollkorn at Google Fonts.
(still only Version 2.1)
Please contact me
You like Vollkorn.
You use Vollkorn. You know that Vollkorn took some hard work. You want to give something back. Why not some money?
- Educational, e. g. presentation or master thesis: $ 0 — 3 (€ 0 — 2)
- Non-commercial, e. g. individual blog or printed publication: $ 55 — 135 (€ 40 — 100)
- Commercial, e. g. corporate design or package design: $ 135 — 540 (€ 100 — 400)
Pay what You want!
if you want to transfer a donation through an other channel.
You should at least spread the word on the web and mention Vollkorn in your impressum (e. g. Typeface: »Vollkorn« by Friedrich Althausen, vollkorn-typeface.com
Thank You Very Much!
Read the complete Interview
Congratulation and thanks for this beautiful typeface! How did it all begin?
Friedrich Althausen: 2003 I had started my studies of communication design at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Prior I had no idea where the small typefaces came from. After some semesters focusing on illustration I got in the typography course of Alex Branczyk and met colleagues like Yanone, Georg Seifert and Ralf Hermann. I learned to identify typefaces along the way and got on my friends nerves reporting them every one I saw. In the following semester I started to draw my first serious typeface, assisted by Prof. Jay Rutherford.
Why is your typeface called »Vollkorn«? And what does that mean?
»Vollkorn« [pronounce ‘follkorn’] is German for “wholemeal”. It refers to the old term “Brotschrift” [literally ‘bread type’] which stood for the small fonts for every day use in hand setting times. When the first letters had been drawn I noticed that my “Brotschrift” became quite dark, sturdy and grainy. And now guess why I choosed »Vollkorn«!
How did Vollkorn come into life? And why for free?
I published my first typeface as a single style: Vollkorn Regular. Due to the fact that it was my first try, and that I did not know whether it was good or not and thirdly after the example of Yanone’s »Kaffeesatz« I released it under a Creative Commons License for free. Everybody was allowed to use and remix it required my name as creator was mentioned. In spring of 2010 I got a query from the emerging Google Fonts team. They asked me to upgrade Vollkorn to a four style family and publish it under the Open Font License for Google’s new webfont server. And while they paid some dollars I did it. Yanone did the TT-hinting for me.
These days you released Vollkorn 3.0. What was the initiation?
2013 I was wondering whether I might collect some funds via crowd funding to improve Vollkorn – while I got an e-mail from Dave Crossland at Google Fonts again. They wanted almost the same as I: support for more languages, more styles, a basic cyrillic set and paying for that. That’s how we got to Vollkorn 3.0 in early 2014.
Which tools did you use to design Vollkorn?
At the very beginning I used pen and paper. But since the following step I switched to the computer and FontLab. Recently I worked with Glyphs (glyphsapp.com) and for the TrueType hinting with ttfautohint.
Will »Vollkorn« grow further?
I hope so! Small caps could come up, maybe italic cyrillic …
Thank You for this soliloquy!
(Type designer Friedrich Althausen interviewed himself – I talked with me.)
Potsdam, January 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I allowed to use Vollkorn for commercial purposes?
Yes, for free.
What does the license allow, and what is forbidden?
»Vollkorn« is published under the “SIL Open Font License” (OFL)
download the fonts, use them for commercial and non-commercial purposes, for print, web, office, apps and everything else. You may even “sell it” — in a package with some kind of software. And you may even change or adapt it.
Every derivate has to be
released under the same OFL license and shipped together with the updated logfile (Fontlog.txt). And please tell me about.
You may not
sell it by itself.
Please check the valid and detailed license FAQ at scripts.sil.org/
How can I express my thanks for this stunning work?
- Send some money via Paypal or bank transfer. (Recommended)
- Spread the word on twitter
, facebook, your web forums, at your school, in magazines, in your bakery … (Recommended)
- Refer here in your impressum.
(e. g. Typeface: »Vollkorn« by Friedrich Althausen, vollkorn-typeface.com)
- Give me feedback. What do you like most? What is missing? Drop a thank-you-comment.
How can I use Vollkorn on webpages?
Learn more about the @fontface technology on w3schools.com
You can reach the Vollkorn styles via css “font-weight” and the following values:
Regular → 400, Medium → 500, Semibold → 600 and Bold → 700.
Can I use Vollkorn with LaTeX?
Yes. There are ways and means. There is a package for CTAN under development. It can be found on github.com/PanderMusubi/tex-vollkorn
. And please ask the www
and LaTeX experts for help – I have no idea.
Where can I find earlier versions of Vollkorn?
(release 2005/2006) To avoid scorching bread you should no longer use the first release. You may find it at some dark places of the www. You won’t find it at friedrichalthausen.de/vollkorn-brotschrift/ any more.
(release 2010) The previous version moved to friedrichalthausen.de/vollkorn-2-1/
. It’s not bad, but a bit like the bread from yesterday. Unfortunately it is still the only available version on Google Fonts.
(release 2014-01-22) Minor bugs, but OK. Download zip
(release 2014-01-31) Minor bugs, but OK. Download zip
(release 2014-02-05) Minor bugs, but OK. Download zip
Give feedback. What do you like most? What is missing? Which features should the next version include? Did you find a bug? Drop a thank-you-comment!
Most wanted features for a later release:
See more wanted suggestions
- Small Caps (incl. Cyrillic) [17 people like that]
- Polytonic Greek 
- Italic Cyrillic 
- Cyrillic for Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh 
- source files 
- Phonetic Alphabet IPA 
- SVG files for web 
- »light« and »book« styles 
- condensed 
- math support 
- historical forms and ligatures 
- subscript and superscript (letters and numbers) 
- narrow no-break space (u202F) 
- Vollkorn Sans 
- Combining Accents 
- Swash Letters 
- U+02BE ʾ, U+02BF ʿ, U+0259 ə 
- ə ǫ for old Norse 
- Latin Extended A + B 
- ǦǧḪḫṬṭ for transcription of Persian