Continuo is a fascinating, all-uppercase display typeface wherein each letterform is designed with a single, continuous line. The challenges presented by that simple idea are similar to constructing letterforms with neon tubing. For example, when the strokes of a letterform are heavier than the width of the neon tube, two tubes are employed to create the outer contours, effectively leaving an unfilled void inside the stroke. Also, since neon tubes cannot be broken apart as they trace the contours, they must follow a path that, for reasons of economy and to avoid optical massing (or bright spots in neon), the tubes are not crossed. So too, the construction of Continuo follows.
Continuo has alternate forms of letters A-Z available in the lowercase a-z and by extension those alternates are also present in the lowercase diacritics. The new Latin Plus glyph repertoire of Continuo contains almost 900 glyphs, supporting 224 languages, including Vietnamese and multiple African languages. A handy set of arrows and additional international currency symbols are included as well.
The name is derived from the musical term “Basso Continuo” meaning an almost constant bass line, an integral part of most musical melodies.
As an in-line display type, Continuo is ideal for headlines and most oversized applications and its unique appearance commands attention from viewers.