Another important step in İzmir's branding efforts was taken. The Izmir Fontu, produced by the Izmir Foundation for the promotion of the city at home and abroad, was introduced to the public at the 8-year-old Yeşilova Mound, the oldest known settlement in Izmir. Mayor Soyer stated that the Izmir Font will contribute to the branding of the city and invited all public and private institutions, non-governmental organizations, chambers and citizens in Izmir to use the Izmir Font.
The Izmir Fontu, which was produced by the Izmir Foundation within the scope of the branding work of Izmir and whose design process was carried out by the designer Ahmet Altun, was introduced at the event held at Bornova Yeşilova Mound Visitor Center. Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, Izmir deputies Prof. Dr. Kamil Okyay Sındır, Özcan Purçu, Bayraklı Mayor Serdar Sandal, İzmir Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Naciye Gökçen Kaya, German Consul General Detlev Volter, İzmir Tradesmen and Craftsmen Chambers Union President Zekeriya Mutlu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, former Deputy Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Dr. Sırrı Aydoğan, municipal bureaucrats and representatives of trade associations attended.
Speaking at the opening of the promotional event, Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer stated that they were happy to produce a font with the name İzmir belonging to İzmir and said, “We are excited to introduce the font in the 8-year-old Yeşilova Mound, the oldest known settlement in İzmir. I would like to thank our host Bornova Municipality and Yeşilova Mound Excavation Directorate for making this historical place accessible to us ”.
Reflects the culture of Izmir
Emphasizing that İzmir's deep-rooted history and hosting different cultures enabled the city to have a very rich design culture, Soyer said, “İzmir Designs Research Office established within İzmir Foundation, documenting the visual design culture of İzmir from thousands of years ago to the present day and trying to be a part of it. The first leg of this comprehensive and multi-layered program is the Izmir Font, which is the reason we meet here today. This writing face is designed in a way that reflects the Izmir culture and can serve in many media. "The world will get to know Izmir better thanks to this font named Izmir".
Not just a typeface
Mayor Soyer stated that Izmir Fontu is not only a typeface, but also designed to find unique and long-term solutions for the visual designs of Izmir, and said: “With the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Izmir Foundation and our city vision partnership, we see it as a whole and carry out comprehensive studies within this framework. Our work on visual identity is a very important part of this branding. The Izmir symbols on the Talatpaşa Boulevard and Fethi Sekin ferry were the first step of our future visual identity work. Today, we are taking these works to the next level with İzmir Font, which will contribute significantly to the branding of İzmir. I sincerely wish that the Izmir Font will be beneficial to Izmir and the people of Izmir. I invite all public and private institutions, non-governmental organizations and chambers in Izmir to use the Izmir Font, which will be remembered with the name of our city. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the visual design team of the Izmir Foundation and to the valuable typographer Ahmet Altun, who contributed greatly to introducing Izmir to the world without expecting anything in return, and to everyone who contributed. "
8 years of history is here
Yeşilova Mound Excavation Director Assoc. Dr. Zafer Derin, on the other hand, stated that Yeşilova Mound, which brought a new perspective to the tourism of the city, was one of the fertile lands where the first Aegean people settled 8 years ago. With the support of our Metropolitan Municipality, Bornova Municipality and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, we continue our excavations and reveal findings that will shed light on the history of the city. In our example visitor center in Turkey, we are proud to host the İzmir Fontu promotion, "he said.
Following the speeches, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer gave a plaque of appreciation to the designer of İzmir Fontu, designer Ahmet Altun. Delivering a short speech on the stage, Ahmet Altun thanked his family who supported him in this process, saying that designing funds is a matter of patience. Following the speeches, the Izmir Font was introduced.
What is Izmir Font?
İzmir Foundation produced a font named İzmir within the scope of İzmir's branding work. At the end of this process carried out with the designer Ahmet Altun, who lived in Izmir and managed to enter the world famous font lists with the fonts he produced, a wide font family was designed for the use of everyone. The Izmir Font is one of the important parts of Izmir's branding work, developed by the Izmir Foundation in partnership with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Izmir Development Agency, to be used in the promotion of the city at home and abroad.
This city now has a typeface
This writing face is designed for the needs of the city, reflecting the culture of Izmir from the past, its humanist, colorful, contemporary character and to serve in many media. In addition to facilitating Turkish writing and reading, the Izmir Font also includes some special characters specific to our language. In addition to the fact that this font is unique to Izmir and aimed at the visual design needs of the city, another important feature is that the font itself can be used as a promotional medium. Izmir Font has started to take place in the top ranks in the most important font websites of the world. Font is a candidate to become an important part of the promotion of İzmir on its own with its success in international sites and in the world of design. This font, whose name is Izmir, is now ready to be shared and used by all institutions.
For details about the Izmir font, you can contact the Izmir Foundation.