Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s “Reina”, a swirling, decorative Didone packed with alternate letter shapes for some stunning designs.

Few things appeal to me in a typeface more than a good swash, so Reina is long overdue a place in the Font Friday folder. Reina picked up awards aplenty from the type industry when it was released in 2011, and it’s easy to see why.

When used straight out of the box, Reina is a functional but appealing Didone-style font (Didones having strong contrast between thick and thin lines with heavy vertical strokes). But start playing with some of the OpenType alternate styles in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign and things really come to life, with a vast toolkit of whimsical loops and extensions just perfect for posters, invitations and display text.

I put together a couple of samples showing Reina in use, with a dash of 80s anthemic pop for good measure…

Designed by Maximiliano Sproviero of Lián Type, Reina is a sophisticated typeface and consequently has a slightly higher price tag than some fonts out there, although at under £25 it’s by no means the most expensive on the market! Plus in use the font feels more like a genuine design tool rather just than something to type with.

More samples of Reina in use are available on the Lián Types MyFonts store


Fonts: Reina