Galaxie was always planned to be a large family of families, all designed to work together. Cassiopeia is the second Galaxie typeface to be completed, after the publication of Polaris in 2004. An egyptian and serif are in the pipeline.
Cassiopeia is a constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, one of Ptolemy’s 48 listed constellations, and the home of two several notable deep sky objects. The constellation is named after a vain queen in Greek mythology.
Cassiopeia is available as two fonts: one a complex OpenType font using advanced feature programming for natural letter-to-letter joins; the other a basic non-joining font.
The user turns on the OpenType Contextual Alternates feature and types; there are 10 versions of each lowercase letter and 5 versions of each uppercase letter. The calt feature will select the correct version of the letter for its context.
10 versions of each lowercase letter: There are initial and medial versions with tails designed to link with round and flat letters, as well as r and s.
5 versions of each uppercase letter: There are standalone and initial versions with tails designed to link with round and flat letters, as well as r and s.
Help with OpenType programming was provided by the brilliant Tal Leming. Thanks for feedback and guidance to Christian Schwartz, (who also suggested the name Cassiopeia,) and Peter Bain, (who fixed my lowercase r.)
V1.0—Initial release version; 2006.06