New Serif Font, High Hopes & How To Use Contextual Alternates

Hi everyone! 👋

I would like to introduce you to my newest font, High Hopes (named for my recent dive down the Mike Leigh movie rabbit hole).

High Hopes is a quirky handmade serif font with variations that show up "randomly" through contextual alternates, true italics and ornaments. Use this font in designs such as postcards and notes, posters, logotypes, social media posts, branding and packaging.

High Hopes includes:

  • Regular font with three contextual alternates for each letter (separate alternate font files are also included)

  • Italic font with three contextual alternates for each letter (separate alternate font files are also included)

  • Ornaments font with swashes and frames BONUS!

  • 10 colorful backgrounds that will work beautifully with the font and frames, in JPG (2250 x 1500 px)

You can currently get High Hopes at an intro price in the shop. Go check it out! ✨

Contextual Alternates

High Hopes and other fonts of mine, such as Mystery Typewriter, Jumpy Typewriter, and the jumpy version of Secretary Typewriter, rely heavily of the Contextual Alternates Open Type feature. This feature replaces certain glyphs with alternate glyphs/ variations, based on the context (i.e. the adjacent glyphs). Programmed as a cycle, this feature adds a "random" element to the fonts.

How to enable the Contextual Alternates feature in the software you are using?

This helpful tutorial covers a wide range of programs in which you can enable Contextual Alternates, but based on the help requests I get most often, I would like to show you quickly how to enable Contextual Alternates in MS Word and Adobe Photoshop.

In MS Word:

In Photoshop

Hope this is helpful, but please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any problems with any of my fonts.

Wishing you a lovely week,


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