Like all Finns I’ve always needed a lake and a boat nearby. Earlier it was big Lake Päjänne in Central Finland, and today Lake Wannsee is one of my favorite places in Berlin. On both lakes you can find them – Optimists – not only positive thinking people but also little boats by that name. It was such an Optimist (Finnish: Optimisti) that once taught me the delights of sailing. Robust in construction, very stable and just a small sail – nothing can really go wrong with such an optimist and a life jacket around you.
I’m calling this font Optimisti – in memory of the carefree moments these slow and sturdy sailing dinghies gave me in my youth.
The family contains two styles: Optimisti Sparkling and Optimisti Smooth. – Use the first for a fresh and the second for a more gentle typographic breeze when setting texts with Latin or Cyrillic alphabets. (Optimisti contains Western European, Central European, Extended Cyrillic character sets.)