The High Alpine typeface is available now!

Hello, again mappers & designers! I’ve completed designing my latest font, High Alpine, and it is available now!

High Alpine (aka High Alpine Semibold Serif and High Alpine Serif) is a new semi-bold serif display font (available below) that started as idea long ago, when I began seeking out typefaces that are cheerfully, yet authoritatively, tall. High Alpine Semibold has an unapologetically high ascender with no accompanying adjustment to the x-height. The descender was kept rather short as well, allowing uppercase to maintain its towering command. For moments when you designers feel like reaching ultimate heights, I’ve added many alternative characters; uppercase crossbarred characters have alternatives with daringly high crossbars, and stemmed lowercase characters have longer-stemmed alternatives. Many further glyphs are included with this font to accommodate multiple languages. View the four preview images below.

A sample set of the glyphs available in High Alpine. The other typeface in this image is BellTopo Sans font. Pictured in the background is a picnic structure at a park on Bowman Bay, Washington state, USA.

The Typeface Development

Although I design typefaces solely on free time, I take it seriously. Creating, testing, and iterating fonts takes time (and a little dose of obsession). My other non-professional passion is rock climbing, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the alpine and subalpine. This new font’s name is a nod to these adventurous moments: the font and the alpine both have some elevation. I began working on High Alpine’s design early in the days of the pandemic, and it went through three iterations before I felt is was ready. To be honest, after the second iteration I wasn’t sure if it would even become a released typeface. But then I had some real moments with the font, intentionally typing complete gibberish with it to see where the font’s fluidity lacked and succeeded. I place the gibberish on some maps and graphic design – and then the formula seemed to unfold, and I began the third iteration. I fell into a wonderful stride where “the flow” settled in during this third iteration. I’m looking forward to being in this flow for future typeface designs.

Choose Your License

High Alpine was incredibly fun to design. This is good news, because it was also incredibly time intensive. I want to continue designing typefaces, and to make it doable, I am offering two different licenses. The first license permits you to use it for personal/private use, and the second is a commercial use license. I am offering this commercial use license at a low cost for two main reasons:

  1. If you are a user of my current font and tutorials, and would like to make a courtesy donation, the low-cost High Alpine commercial use license (see below) can serve this purpose for you. Thank you so much for your support!
  2. I have a strong desire to continue designing new typefaces. As always, I’ll keep putting out free fonts, free tutorials, and free mapping assets. For this particular font, commercial use licenses are available at a low cost. Your support will help me continue all making the free stuff. Thank you!


High Alpine Semibold full preview
High Alpine Semibold preview

Commercial Use

The commercial use license allows you to use High Alpine for personal and commercial projects. The terms of the license agreement are defined in the copy of the EULA that you receive when the font is downloaded. You can purchase here, or go to the shop page. The font is available as an .OTF format. If you are using Chrome as your browser, you will need to toggle on the “Credit Card (Stripe)” option.

Private Use

The private use license allows you to use High Alpine in your personal projects only. The terms of the license agreement are defined in the copy of the EULA that you receive when the font is downloaded. You can support my work by purchasing a commercial license for this font at a low cost, or you can download the personal-use-only license and OTF version of the font here.

Snowy mountain illustration with High Alpine font sample
A small sample of High Alpine font on a snowy mountain illustration.
Note the alternative uppercase letters in the second set of “High Alpine Serif.” This font has many alternative glyphs.

I look forward to seeing your designs!

Test it out!

If you’re like me, you think interactive font samplers are fun. Try it out! But I want you to know that this interactive sampler is a bit limited in what it can display. When you get High Alpine, you’re getting a lot of alternative characters that this limited interactive sampler below does not display. It also does not display some punctuation (like quotation marks) properly. I still wanted to offer you this interactive previewer because they’re fun, and this sampler does allow for the display of the majority of glyphs. See the above images for previews of more glyphs available in the font.

Type a great sentence here for a preview of the High Alpine font.

Find the commercial use license available here.

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