TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Thu Oct 30 13:36:01 EDT 2014
Type design in Catalunya
Designer at type-o-tones in Barcelona who created the connect-the-dots typeface family Adelita (Fina, Topos, Ole, Dibujitos) in 1993 together with Laura Meseguer at Type O Tones. This is a connect-the-dots typeface family.
While studying in Barcelona, Adri Valls designed the squarish typeface New Trink (2013) and a modular typeface called Moludar (sic) (2013) and Moludar Neue (2013).
He created a font and icons for La Molina Wayfinding (with Sergi Diaz and Jaume Juan).
Catalan graphic and type designer and illustrator, b. 1986, Barcelona. Graphic design student at ELISAVA University. Creator of Hol'em Regular (2007, heavy slab serif face) and Ecstasi (2007, a script logotype). [Google] [More] ⦿
Valencia, Spain-based creator of the Bauhaus-inspired monoline geometric rounded sans typeface Bowhouse (2013, free), the retro futuristic typeface AC Brodie (2013, free), the free art deco typeface AC Mountain (2013), the 3d typeface AC Framed (2013), the film strip typeface AC Filmstrip (2013, free), Comic Runes (2013, rune simulation), Scribbled (2013), and the hexagonal typeface Bee Type (2013, +Filled, +outline).
Romaji Mincho (2013) is a free Asian simulation font based on the style of the Mincho typeface. Rhyder (2013) is a great (free) geometric 1930s style sans typeface. Martell (2013) is a free general purpose slab serif family.
Typefaces from 2014: AC Wanita (hand-drawn).
Adriana Sanlo (or Adriana Sanchez) is the Barcelona-based creator of the grungy typeface Agency Grotesque (2012).
Alba Boyer Margalef was born in 1990 in El Perello, and studied at ELISAVA. She is now a freelance designer in Barcelona. In 2013, she designed a serifless didone called Dorina.
Type historian at Reial Academia de Bones Lletres in Barcelona, who has a PhD in art history from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). Born in Barcelona in 1971, Corbeto is responsible for all the publishing activities of the Real Academia de Buenas Letras de Barcelona and the Asociación de Bibliófilos de Barcelona. His field of investigation is the history of printing types and, in particular, the work of Spanish punchcutters throughout the second half of the eighteenth century. At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he spoke about the efforts around 1750-1770 to set up the Royal Library type foundry by Juan de Santander and Gerónimo A. Gil. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, where he talked about the punches from the Spanish Royal Printing House. Soon he will publish a specimen and text book on all this.
His books: Muses de la impremta. La dona i les arts del llibre (segles XVI-XIX) (ed., with M. Garone) (Associació de Bibliòfils de Barcelona, 2009); Especímenes tipográficos españoles. Catalogación y estudio de las muestras de letras impresas hasta el año 1833 (Calambur, Madrid, 2010); Daniel B. Updike, impresor e historiador de la tipografía (Campgrafic, Valencia, 2011); Tipos de imprenta en España (Campgrafic, Valencia, 2011), Las letras de la Ilustración. Edición, imprenta y fundición de tipos en la Real Biblioteca (Catálogo de la exposición en la Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, 2012) e Història de la tipografia. L'evolució de la lletra des de Gutenberg fins a les foneries digitals (coauthor with M. Garone, Pagès Editors, Lérida, 2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Barcelona, who created the angular and very readable text typefaces Menhart Antiqua (2008, a revival of the real Menhart Antiqua done by Oldrich Menhart for Neufville) and Plegada (2008). Plegada was designed for use in the Pliego newspaper---it was Albert's final project in the Advanced Typography Masters program at EINA in Barcelona.
Barcelona-based designer, b. 1989. He studied at the Swiss-School of Barcelona. His typeface AR Vulcano (2011-2012) has a high-contrast condensed octagonal design for application in fashion mags.
Typefaces from 2014: Aghila, Wex, Malk, Fulgura, Dawner, Hebe, Mulago, Wako, Senzi, Awelita, Serpi, Connexion (circuit typeface), Caramelo, Matcha, Rustika (art nouveau). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer and illustrator from Barcelona who works in London. Behance link.
Creator of Excritura (2013, a calligraphic script influenced by the work of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi), Die Modularität (2012), De Palo (2011), Scriptura (2011, a calligraphic connected script), Variable (2010), this triangle/circle based modular type, of GoodBye (experimental type based on Barcelona's night lights), and of a geometric custom-designed typeface for the Aroy Restaurant in Barcelona.
Alex Cervera (Barcelona, Spain) created the typeface Kelm Regular in 2013 for magazines and newspapers. It is characterized by low contrast, short ascenders and descenders, and large x-height.
Graphic designer from Figueres (Spain). He designed Network at Garcia fonts. He created Pilgrim (1997), Montaplex (1997) and Kennedy (1997) at [T26]. Bondage (a set of 16 fonts) was announced but never released by [T26].
Barcelona-based grandson of Joan Trochut of Super-Veloz fame. Fantastic graphic designer in his own right. He is the codesigner with Andreu Balius of SuperVeloz (2005, TypeRepublic), a digital version of his grandfather's typeface. It won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. Balius says about this typeface originally created by Joan Trochut from 1920-1980: Super-Veloz could be considered as an Ornamental type design, but in its core it is an experimental typeface based on a set of modular features that, with the combining of its modules, a great range of typefaces, ornaments ---even illustrations---, could be made. That is perhaps the most interesting experiment in early modern type design ever made in Spain during the immediate years after the War. The lecture, considering the borders between type design and ornament design, will introduce the context where Joan Trochut's Super-Veloz was produced (from sketches to published brochures and speciments) in 1942. Also will explain how Super-Veloz works. It is really a "type-ornament" design that could be considered on the edge of what we call type design.
Alex Trochut's lettering must be seen to be believed---it has to be genetic transmission. Recurring themes include adorned initials and modular types. His numerical all-caps alphabet for British Airways is phenomenal and pushes the bling-bling to the fashionable extreme. Stunning dollar sign drawn by him in 2007 for Acido Surtido.
Alexandra Bardou, a graduate from the ELISAVA School of Design in Barcelona in 2013, created an unnamed connected script font in 2013.
Catalan graphic and type designer. For her final thesis project in Barcelona, Alexandra Echevarria created Andtype (2013, a Peignotian slightly flared typeface named after the country of Andorra). In 2011, she created the experimental typeface CHii. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Buenos Aires, and a resident designer in Barcelona, Alfredo Graziani is the codesigner with Alejandro Paul at Umbrella Type of the medieval script Mama Script (2004). At Sudtipos, he created the script typeface Milk Script (2004, with Alejandro Paul: based on lettering seen in a 1923 Speedball manual), as well as Divina.
During her graphic design studies in Barcelona, Alice Maurier created the high-contrast Peignotian sans typeface Gironde (2014), which she claims to be a hybrid of Futura and Bodoni. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Palma de Mallorca-based creator of a nice typographic collection of posters entitled Carteles Leo Bassi (2011), which mix the Western circus poster style and art nouveau elements. Typefaces created by er include the paper cut typeface Diplodocus (2011), and the octagonal typeface That Tune (2012).
Ana V. Francès (or A-GRPHCS in Valencia, Spain) created a bichromatic typeface in 2012.
During her studies at ELISAVA in Barcelona, Andrea Buonaventura (Arenys del Mar) designed the ball terminal fat display typeface Wave (2013, with Sandra Galan). She also designed the sans display typeface Mula (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
In Laura Meseguer's class in Barcelona, Andrea Fusinski designed a German expressionist typeface called Shelley (2013).
Andreu Balius Planelles
Andreu Balius Planelles
Born in Barcelona in 1962, Andreu Balius studied Sociology in the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (1980-1984), and graphic design at IDEP in Barcelona (1985-1989). He holds a PhD in Design from the University of Southampton (UK). He founded Garcia Fonts&Co in Barcelona in 1993 to show his experimental designs. He cofounded Typerware in 1996 with Joancarles P. Casasín. Typerware existed until 2001 and was based in Santa Maria de Martorelles, a village near Barcelona. He cofounded Type Republic (see also here), and ran Andreu Balius (tipo)graphic design. He is presently an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Balius won a Bukvaraz 2001 award for Pradell. Pradell also won an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. SuperVeloz (codesigned with Alex Trochut) won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.
At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on Pradell and Super-Veloz. Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke about the Imprenta Real. Coorganizer of ATypI 2014 in Barcelona.
Author of Type at work. The use of Type in Editorial Design, published in English by BIS (Amsterdam, 2003).
Ania Kruk (b. 1987, Poznan, Poland) is a designer in Barcelona. She has studied towards an MA in design at the University of Aerts in Poznan, 2005-2011 and obtained a Masters in Advanced Typography and Editorial Design in 2010 at Eina (Escola de Disseny i Art, Barcelona).
She created the text typeface Arnie (2011). She writes: Arnie is a text typeface designed for books and poetry. Due to calligraphic origin, rather classical proportions and flat curves, it seems solid and stable. While big counters and varying line weight make it look light and airy in long texts. She also created the signage script face Cookie (2011), which is free at Google Web Fonts. Panna Kotta (2010) is an upright italic. Ladaco (2008) is inspired in Polish folkloric cut-outs.
Barcelona-based creator of some geometric typefaces in 2013.
Freelance graphic designer in Barcelona, who created the connect-the-dots font Linkup (2012).
Catalan designer of the decorative futuristic font Diagonal ND (1970, Neufville), named after the main street in Barcelona. [The MyFonts page gives 2000 as a date, a bit confusing!] FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Combine the principle of the piano key typeface first introduced by Wim Crouwel and that of interlocking letters, and you have the Kawasaki Display typeface designed by Barcelona-based designer Arturo Gonzalez Casas in 2013.
Spanish typefoundry, est. 2013. One of its founders, Santos Bregaña, writes: Of Croatian origin, Santos Bregaña is born by chance in the city of Pamplona in 1965 on the very day that Le Corbusier drowns in Cap Martin. After studying architecture in San Sebastian and Barcelona he launches the Laia Atelier in 1996 where he focuses on interior design, and on graphic and industrial design projects associated with the culinary culture and business. In 2008 he receives, along with co-creator Anne Ibañez Guridi, the Art Director's Club of New York Sphere Award for their body of work for the restaurant Mugaritz. He leads Tabula, a publishing house dedicated to the spread of culture and gastronomy, and is a speaker on public forums and seminars related to high cuisine. His porcelain designs and his O! Luna, Tabula, and Linneo collections have received international praise and are in many of the best restaurants and hotels in the world.
In 2013 Atelier Iaia published the calligraphic Iturzaeta-inspired typeface Lamia, a joint effort of Santos Bregaña, Julen Cano Linazasor and Maore Sagarzazu: The Lamia font is inspired by the work of the most famous calligrapher of the Basque Country, Jose Francisco de Iturzaeta Eizaguirre (Getaria, 1788-Madrid, 1853). His writing method was compulsory in Spanish schools since 1835. His "unpolished Spanish font" tried to be more effective than the more commercial English version by avoiding embellishments and excessive rear tearing. More akin with the liberal values imported by the French, his offerings sought uniformity, speed and efficiency to ensure that those in the less-favored echelons of society had an effective communication tool. From his "General collection of characters of European Letters" published in Madrid in 1833, we have chosen the "lower case pancilla reformed" represented in one of the prints. We have tried to reinterpret it by keeping its essence but also ensuring that it is viable for potential contemporary uses which, thanks to its good readability and effectiveness in longer texts, basically means as a decorative or display font. The upper case was generated using the lower case as a reference.
Waskonia (2013, Santos Bregaña) is inspired by Basq gravestones from the 8th century.
Earlier work of Santos Bregaña includes the Kai family (1999, with Mikel Enparantza) at Garagefonts.
ATypI 2014 was held in Barcelona from 17-21 September 2014. The first two days were at the spectacularly beautiful BAU School of Design and the last three at the Museu del Disseny.
Speakers included Alexander Cooper, Matthew J. Rechs, Azza Alameddine, Andreu Balius Planelles, Jesus Barrientos, Sofie Beier, Caleb Belohlavek, David Berlow, Ann Bessemans, Henrik Birkvig, Noe Blanco, Nathan Davis, Nikola Djurek, Nathalie Dumont, Behdad Esfahbod, Martina Flor, Domen Fras, Tomas Ferrari, Rezan Gassas, Yashodeep Gholap, John Giannopoulos, Stuart Gill, Rose Gridneff, Theodore Harrison, Andrew Haslam, Masataka Hattori, Paul Hunt, Thomas Huot-Marchand, Eric Kindel, Boris Kochan, David Kuettel, Indra Kupferschmid, Kevin Larson, David Lemon, Jean-Baptiste Levee, Bruno Maag, Thomas Maier, William Montrose, Oriol Moret-Vinals, Paulo Moretto, Haytham Nawar, Meta Newhouse, Alessia Nicotra, Ryoko Nishizuka, Toshi Omagari, Michele Patane, Raquel Pelta, Joan Carles Perez Casasin, Yves Peters, Thomas Phinney, Albert-Jan Pool, Daniel Reynolds, Daniel Rhatigan, Jay Rutherford, Keitaro Sakamoto, Alice Savoie, Jose Scaglione, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Georg Seifert, Manuel Sesma, Fred Smeijers, Liron Turkenich, Michael Twyman, Gerard Unger, Jim Wasco, Jurgen Willrodt, Taro Yamamoto, Onur Fatih Yazicigil, Erik van Blokland, and Ozlem Ozkal.
The meeting was a stunning success as seats were sold out more than a month in advance. On the other hand, considering the loss of income this entails for ATypI as an organization, the lack of a contingency plan is also a failure of sorts. The general feeling was that this was possibly one of the best ATypI conferences ever.
Xavier Puig is a type and graphic designer, born in Artés, Barcelona. He moved to London in 2003 where he graduated in Visual Communication and Typography at the London College of Communication. He created the severe octagonal typeface Ihavebeenwaitingforyou (2009) and the LED typeface Water In My Casio (2009). In 2010, he added Sexything. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Barcelona-based foundry involved in custom font work, est. 2005. Original fonts: Inclusive (2007), Urbanium (2005, a bold display face), Handwritten, Eixample (2008, octagonal and rounded), Screech (2008) and Begyptienne. Modified fonts (or re-fonts in their words) include Le Grand Palais (stencil, for La Force de l'Art, Paris, 2006), BeTV (for a Belgian TV channel), and VijfTV (a modification of Chalet for a Flemish TV station). Their custom types include Atrapalo, Kipling (a fashion mag family done in 2011), STM Montreal (2011, for the Montreal transportation system), Dialogue, Kidswa, Hangar and Costa Design. One of the main collaborators is Joancarles P. Casasín. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer, b. Bilbao, 1987, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in Fine Arts and a specialty in Graphic Design from the University of the Basque Country. She also obtained a Masters degree in typography from the University of Barcelona.
Bernat Gramage/Toni Benlliure
Austrian graphic designer located in Barcelona. She created the ornamental caps alphabet Reproduction (2012).
Brazilian type designer Daniel Sabino de Souza studied under Laura Meseguer at the Eina-Escuela Superior de Disseny in Barcelona. His foundry in Sao Paulo is called Blackletra (est. 2012). He has taught type design at IED/Sao Paulo.
He won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012 and at TDC 2013 for Karol. In 2012, he won the Silver Prize in the Latin category of the Morisawa Type Design Competition for Hashar, a beautiful angular connected script face.
In 2013, he published Karol at Type O Tones. Falado (2013) is a delicate display typeface commissioned by Estudio Mucho for the graphic identity of the Spanish orchestra La Filarmónica. It won a Gold Medal at Laus'13.
In 2014, he designed the angular script typeface Haltrix (Village). Karol Sans was published at Type-o-Tones in 2014. Haltrix, Gandur (which was inspired by other geometric texturas, specially Max Bittrof's Element (1933)) and Karol Sans all won awards at Tipos Latinos 2014. Gandur New (German expressionist) and Gandur Alte (closer to Textura) followed in the summer of 2014.
Giuseppe de Cesare (BohFonts) is an Italian designer who now lives and works in Barcelona, where he started Boh Fonts. Behance link. He created the informal typeface Zarina Sans (2011) for use as a text face. The design elements are quite interesting, with carefully chosen and different angles for increased legibility. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Barcelona, who created Fedora Serif in 2012 and Ritual Serif (an esoteric typeface based on ancient blood rites and a bit of alchemy---think Jonathan Barnbrook) in 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
Letterpress company in Barcelona run by Jesus Morentin. Morenti studied graphic design at la Escuela d'Arts i Oficis Llotja, at the University of Barcelona and finally at at Escola Superior de Disseny, ESDi. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Beautiful (programmed) experimental letters derived from fonts. This is based on the Masters Thesis in Digital Arts, obtained in 2005 by the Catalan designer Ricard Marxer Piñón, 2006. For this, he wrote the "Geomerative" library of programs, which includes a truetype importer and interpreter.
Born in Logroño, Spain, Carlos studied graphic design at ESDIR (Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja), and type design in the Advanced Typography Master class of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (EINA). He is based in Barcelona.
In 2013, he designed the humanistic mediterranean sans typeface Born (tweetware).
In 2014, he created Neon (2014), a set of capital numerals, for the September issue of Yorokobu Magazine. Neon is inspired by American road movies from the 80's and 90's.
Carlos Galan Rubio (Barcelona) created the delicate display typeface Gracia Divina in 2012, which was custom designed for a store that sells religious articles.
Carolina Poch Enciso is an illustrator and graphic design student at ELISAVA in Barcelona. She created the experimental Ciocco ball terminal typeface in 2013 together with Isa Lapera. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at Astramat, a Catalan foundry (part of ANTAVIANA SERVEIS INTERACTIUS, SCCL) located in Lleida. He made the grunge fonts FAXADA (2001), Gastada (2001, like a glaz krak face), and Tiquet (2001: dot matrix typeface). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cesc (Francesc) Aldabó (Ceskus Disseny) is based in Sant Cugat des Valles and/or Terrassa, Spain. Studio Ceskus Disseny created Dingbat Space Invaders (2013, FontStruct), a pixel font inspired by the 1978 video game by Taito Corporation. He also shows Letterplayground (a space and alphabets created by Nate Williams). His graffiti style Grafftastics alphabet (2013) was used for a festival in Sabadell. In 2014, they made the decorative typeface Climb.
In 2014, Aldabó made Climb Font (based on climbing gear), Tipoencuentro (poster face), Typoasi (modular), 15M Typestencil, and I Love Climbing.
Vincent Connare (b. 1960, Boston) is an ex-painter turned type designer, who holds an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in 1999. In the late eighties/early nineties Connare worked in the Ikarus, Intellifont and TrueType teams for Agfa/Compugraphic, and was one of the first type designers to learn TrueType hinting. Then he joined Microsoft, where he designed or had a big hand in Trebuchet (1996) and Comic Sans (1995).
He designed WildStyle for the Agfa Creative Alliance. He created Fabula (a font for children's texts in Basque, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Frisian, Irish, Spanish and Welsh), Amaze (for mazes), and Vixar ASCII (1995, for Microsoft).
Connare also enjoys a reputation as an expert font hinter.
Vincent Connare joined Dalton Maag in the spring of 2001 as production manager. At Dalton Maag he was part of the team that developed Ubuntu and Nokia Pure. Can Comic Sans look good in design? Check Markku Ylisirniö's Comic Sans poster. At Ampersand in 2011, he concluded "I just wanted to let it go; it just looks ridiculous" explaining why he was not involved with Ascender's Comic Sans Pro.
A conference subtitled La letra dibujada was eld from June 18-20, 2010, in the Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño de Valencia, Valencia, Spain. Speakers included Gerrit Noordzij, Ken Barber, Ale Paul, Ricardo Rousselot, Javier Mariscal, James Mosley, Claude Mediavilla, Keith Adams, Marian Bantjes, Pepe Gimeno, Jose Ramon Penela, Pilar Cano and Sergio Jimenez. [Google] [More] ⦿
Design site and blog, in Spanish. It is much more concerned with mag design than typogrophy. Run by four guys from Valencia: Javier Perez Belmonte, Diego Obiol, Tomas Gorria, and Herminio Javier Fernandez. [Google] [More] ⦿
Damià Rotger Miró
Designer and art director (b. Riobamba, Ecuador, 1986) whose studio is Disaikner in Barcelona. He created several free vernacular typefaces in 2013 that are based on wall writing and hand-drawn signs found in the city. These include Trueno, Mecanica, Garaje and Tiner.
Daniel Rodríguez Valero received his PhD in Arts in 2006 from University of Barcelona, where he also got a Postgraduate in Digital Typography. He teaches Typographic Design and Digital Typography in the Arts Faculty (University of Barcelona) since 1999, and Graphic Design in Advertising studies (University of Alicante) since 2002. He teaches Digital Typography at the máster ibérico em design, Oporto (Portugal). He has created a new system for type design called Constructor in collaboration with Marc Antoni Malagarriga I Picas, a programmer. Constructor is a glyph editor based on calligraphic curves, which he presented at TypeTech, ATypI in Brighton in 2007.
He writes: Constructor is a new tool for type design, open source and cross-platform, based on a calligraphic heritage that provides new possibilities. It can be combined with production tools like Fontographer or FontLab, because its finality is to construct outlines extrapolating some instructions or parameters given by the user. It works with only one master and produces different letterforms that can be copied/pasted to a font editor. It will help to design quickly a complete family, so the benefits of this new system for type designers are tremendous. He claims to be inspired in part by Gerrit Noordzij's theory of type design as explained in The stroke of the pen. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 2014, he created the squarish sans typeface Europa.
David Capo Vallbona
As a student in Barcelona, David Pascual created the stencil typeface The New Deco (2013).
Barcelona-based designer of Diari (2012, a serifed text typeface in the style of Times Roman).
Graphic designer in Barcelona. In 2012, he created the display typeface Pantoja.
Creative studio in Barcelona run by Jimmie Zu. In 2013, they published Loopita Complex, the hexagonal display typeface Hexelia, the alchemic Benet Doble Line, the free alchemic typeface DOS Amazigh, the experimental typeface Tipos Dobles, and the compass-and-ruler typeface Sensilist. Rainbow is a fun display typeface.
Typefaces from 2014: Magnetype (experimental typeface).
Damià Rotger Miró (b. 1981, Ferreries, Menorca) is a type designer, letterer and graphic designer at Dúctil in Palma de Mallorca.
His creations in 2008-2009: Lullius (2009, a blackletter named in honor of Ramon Llull (Palma de Mallorca, 1232-1316)), Dúctil (2009, sans family), Crespell (2008, a soft organic sans), Miona (2008, an award winning and stunning serif), Concu (2007, sans family), Lullius Rotunda (2009).
The sans family Ductil was designed in 2011.
Other typefaces include FernandezCoca, an informal script named after illustrator Antonio Fernández Coca.
Graphic and type designer in Barcelona who studied at EINA. His typefaces:
Ricardo Victor Rousselot is a calligrapher and type designer born in Argentina in 1936. He was trained in the sixties in Chicago in the studio Ficho&Corley Inc., which was led by a disciple of Frederic Goudy and Oswald Cooper, Carl Corley. After that, he returned to Buenos Aires, and in 1975, he settled permanently in Barcelona, where he teaches at the University of Barcelona.
He sells his fonts nowadays through his foundry, Edy Type. For example, in 2010, Edy Type launched the lively connected handwriting font Despeinada, which, Ricardo says, tries to find the middle between Mistral and Zapfino. Chevronne (2010, not my favorite) is based on mediaeval / gothic forms but tries to be contemporary. Drumbeat (2011) is a calligraphic script face, and Bambola (2011) is a curly signage script.
School in Barcelona that started a postgraduate type design program in 2003. Teachers include Laura Meseguer, José Manuel Urós (Type-o-Tones), and Iñigo Jerez. The Master's in Advanced Typography is coordinated by Enric Jardí. Other teachers not mentioned above include Allan Daastrup, Josep Babiloni, Arcàngela Regis, Eduardo Manso, Joan Carles Casasín, Josep Maria Pujol (d. 2012), Oriol Miró, Keith Adams, Ricardo Feriche, Patricia Ballesté, Flor Helguera, Teresa Domingo, Raquel Pelta, Enric Jardí, Jaume Serra, Fernando Gutiérrez and Luis Mendo. [Google] [More] ⦿
Highly original freelance designer in Barcelona. He made the free art deco typeface EMILKOZAK.COM|fartdeco (2005). This typeface won the Fifth Annual Amagasaki Hanshin Sen Award in 2006 for best typonomy. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Barcelona, who made the text typeface Sonetto in 2014. This typeface was modeled after Gudrun Zapf-Von Hesse's semi-calligraphic typeface Hallmark Shakespeare (1968). [Google] [More] ⦿
Emtype is the foundry in Buenos Aires that was founded in 1997 by Eduardo Manso. Eduardo was born in Buenos Aires in 1972 and studied graphic design at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Martín A. Malharro and at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, both in Mar del Plata. Art director of the Argentinian graphic design mag "el Huevo". He currently lives in Barcelona. His typefaces include the pixel font family Dixplay (2003, Emtype), the grunge font Eroxion (1997) and Rina Linea and Rina (2001), all at at Bitstream, the Scotch roman text family Bohemia (2004), Andromeda ([T-26]), Garadonis, Fluxus, Ovalus (2005, free dot matrix face), Relato (2005, advertised as a muscular serif family), Relato Sans (2005, which won an award at TDC2 2006), Merss (2000, ITC), Argot (2004, winner of an award at TDC2 2004), Flour, and Flour Inline.
He custom designed Sunday Times Modern (2008) for the Sunday Times.
He created the custom typeface La Grilla.
Ciutadella (2012) was originally commissioned by Mario Eskenazi's studio. It is a versatile geometric sans serif, a simple, clean and direct family.
Typefaces from 2014: Shentox. This squarish nearly monoline typeface family started out from British license plates.
Corporate typefaces: Sunday Times, Lorena Serif (newspaper type; certificate of excellence in TDC2 2007).
Type and graphic designer born in Lerida, Spain (1908), who lived and worked mostly in Paris, where he had emigrated to during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). He died in 1987 in Noyon. All his fonts are available from Neufville. He was the founder of the movement that is known as Grafía Latina (or La Graphie Latine), which promoted the need to create a new system of typically Latin (as opposed to cold geometric nordic) typographic structures, graphics, alphabets and decorative ornaments.
As art director of the Fonderie Typographique Française, he designed these fonts:
Bibliography: Enric Crous-Vidal. Un carácter en tipografía (Andreu Balius, 2008).
Born in Barcelona in 1964. Graphic design teacher at Elisava in Barcelona since 1988. Director of the Master on Advanced Typography at the Eina school of art and design, in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He also teaches a Master's course on art direction and advertising at Ramon Llull University. Author of Twenty-two tips on typography (that some designers will never reveal) and twenty-two things you should never do with typefaces (that some typographers will never tell you) (Actar).
At type-o-tones in Barcelona, Enric Jardi created Neeskens (1991-2007), Retorica Buida (1995, blackboard bold), Retorica-Plena (1995), Deseada (1995, a blurred roman), Escher, Magothic, Mayayo (1991, great children's book display font in Inline, Holes and Black styles), Peter Sellers (2007), Poca (1995, pixelish), Radiorama (1995), Verdaguera (1995, a classical weathered typeface)), Wilma (1995-2007: a chromatic type system), Xiquets Forever (1995, dingbats).
Estudio Mariscal is a Barcelona-based design studio that experimented a lot with letters in designs. It created Hannover-Modern in 1996-1997 (for the World Exposition in 2000 in Hannover), available at type-o-tones. The resident type designer is Javier Mariscal. For Hannover Modern, Jose Manuel Uros developed one Egyptian style of this typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
Catalan punchcutter (b. Ripoll, 1721, d. 1788). Andreu Balius won a Bukvaraz award for the typeface Pradell at Bukvaraz 2001. He was Spain's most important punchcutter in the 18th century. He was commissioned by King Carlos III to provide new typefaces for the Imprenta Real in Madrid. Read about Pradell and the Fundición del convento de San José de Barcelona (by Albert Corbeto). Balius writes about his Pradell typeface family: Eudald Pradell (1721-1788) was born within a family of gunsmiths and learned the practice of being an armourer with his father, adquiring the knowledge of making punches. Pradell first established his own workshop in Barcelona. Despite he was illiterate, he was able to produce one of the most appreciated typefaces ever cut in Spain. His fame as a punchcutter increased and King Carlos III gave him a pension in order to provide new type designs at the Royal printing house in Madrid, where he finally moved and set up his foundry. During the 19th century Pradell was forgotten, those "golden" ages of printing in Spain were part of the past. During the past four years (2000-2004) I have initiated an investigation on the work of Eudald Pradell with the aim of reclaim the memory of the punchcutter and his work. The result from that introspection is the Latin text family "Pradell", inspired from 18th century spanish type specimens. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
FC Barcelona (2009), Premier League (2007), and Real Madrid 2009 (2009) are athletic lettering typefaces made a designer who wishes to remain anonymous. Even though I know the designer, I am classifying these typefaces now as orphaned. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Barcelona who was born in 1982 in Pistoia, Italy. He created the ultra fat counterless typeface Virgola Mobile (2010) and the elegant art eco fashion mag typeface Fabrizio (2011). In 2011, he created an original octagonal typeface called Excellens: Excellens is the first font totally created using Microsoft EXCEL 97. The glyph design was done using a standard EXCEL 97 worksheet, adding some border and diagonal color to draw the letters shape. The final result is something that reminds one of the Cholo Graffiti Calligraphy used by Mexican gangs in Los Angeles, but in a new digital and elegant way. Anunnaki (2011) is an artificial language font.
Federico Landini and Jonathan Calugo cooperated on Chinotto Regular (2012), a sans typeface custom designed for the Pistoia Underground Festival.
Graduate of the University of Reading in 2011 who lives in Catalunya and/or the UK. He created the Latin / Arabic typeface Bubblegum (2011) during his studies there. Bubblegum is soft and rounded, but is remarkably well-suited for small text thanks the careful use of inktraps.
In 2012, he won the Bronze Prize in the Latin category of the Morisawa Type Design Competition for Baldufa. Baldufa was also crowned at TDC 2013. Its angular and stocky design makes it ideal for use in catalogs and magazines.
In 2013, Pilar Cano and Ferran Milan codesigned the text typeface Quars, which was published at Letterjuice. It was influenced by Scotch Roman and classical Dutch typefaces. In addition, it offers a generous glyph set with many ligatures specially crafted for titling and ornaments based on anonymous metal types found in the drawers of an old printing workshop in a coast town near Barcelona. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Brazilian illustrator who is based in Barcelona. Designer at type-o-tones (Barcelona) of Analfabeta Regular and Pics (1997, with Joan Barjau). The vernacular / comic book typeface Analfabeto (+Pics) was designed in 2007.
Art direction and graphic design by Aurelio Sánchez in Barcelona. Behance link. Creator of the counterless modular typeface Expanded (2009) and the 3d typeface Compact Box Type (2006), created in a workshop led by Andreu Balius. [Google] [More] ⦿
Albert Folch established Folch Studio in Barcelona in 2004. Folch Studio's typefaces:
Fran Mendez (London, UK) has a BA Honours degree in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca, Spain, a PGCE from Polytechnic University of Valencia (2008) and a Masters in Graphic Design (Communication and Editorial Design) from Escuela Superior de Diseño Elisava in Barcelona (2010). Shee created the experimental typface Morse Code (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in San Diego and Tijuana, who created the block faces Powinaky, Liber and SqL in 2010. Baika (2010) is a thin avant-garde face. On Behance though, he mentions Barcelona as his home base. Finalist in the 17th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival's Poster Competition. Besides some custom typefaces, he also designed experimental faces such as Liber13 (high-contrast squarish poster face) and Lisa The Lush. [Google] [More] ⦿
Distributor in Barcelona of Neufville fonts, est. 1995. The fonts can also be bought at MyFonts. Ownership: the successors of Georg and Carlos Hartmann: Wolfgang and Vivian Hartmann. Digital type production director is Antoni Amate. Bauertypes also has a nice set of books and typoe catalogs for sale. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Fundición Tipográfica José Iranzo
Fundición Tipográfica José Iranzo is a Spanish foundry which published type faces in the 1940s such as the heavy script font Pulido, the commercial modern typeface Publicidad (1930) and Supertipo Veloz (1942, see Neufville). Located in Barcelona and Madrid. José Iranzo published Catálogos : Tipos (Madrid, 1968). Catalog in PDF format (thanks to J.R. Penela). [Google] [More] ⦿
Spanish foundry active in the 20th century, with offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. It made typefaces such as Numantina, Numancia, Hispalis (digitally revived by Red Rooster as Schiller Antiqua), Grotesca Nacional, Nueva Grotesca, Vigorosa, Clasico Nacional, Electra, Imperio, Radar (brush script), Romana, Ingles 15, and Rusinol (C. Winkow).
Fundicion de Antonio Lopez
Late 19th century foundry in Barcelona, which worked mostly with types imported from France and Germany. Their work can be found in Fundicion de caractéres de imprenta y fábrica de tintas de imprimir de Antonio Lopez (Barcelona, 1869). [Google] [More] ⦿
Experimental foundry, est. 1993 in Barcelona by Andreu Balius who lives in Santa Maria de Martorelles near Barcelona. It existed for a few years and evolved into Typerware.
Garcia/Typerware offered about 50 fonts, including some very artsy faces, such as Garcia Bitmap (1993), Playtext (Andreu Balius, 1995), Matilde Script (Andreu Balius, 1994: an embroidery face), Helvetica Fondue (1993-1994), Futuda (1993), Ozo Type (1994), Tiparracus (1994, dingbats), (Mi mama) Me soba Script (1994), Parkinson (1994), Garcia Bodoni (1995), Garcia snack's (1993-1995), Juan Castillo Script (1995, irregular handwriting of an old man, Typerware), and Vizente Fuster (1995), all by Andreu Balius and Joancarles Casasin, 1993-1995.
The list of typefaces as of 2007: Afligidos deudos (1996, grunge typeface by Adi&arave; Gual), Alexis (1997, handwriting typeface by Alexis Rom), Alfallufat, (1998, fun display family by Saíz), Alquimia (1995, grunge typeface by Estudi Xarop), Ariadna (1988-1989, pixel typeface by Andreu Balius), Braille (1999, by "Txarly Brown", a Braille simulation face), Bubbles (1996, dot matrix typeface by Franco Bonaventura), BuckShot (1994, total grunge by Malcolm Webb), Bunghole (1996, grungy pixel typeface by Michael G. Kippenhan), Calypso (1997, Txarly Brown), Cartolina (2000, poster stencil typeface by Jordi Fosch), Cero (2001, sans typeface by Miguel M. Velacoracho), Dinamo (1993, Andreu Balius), Dr. Zaius (1997, André Nossek), Euroface 80mph ad 100mph (1996, Peter Bilak: a joke typeface that reads more easily as one speeds up on a highway), Fabrique (1993, Andreu Balius), Floridax (1997, a stunning stencil typeface by Txarly Brown), Freddie Frog (1996, Malcolm Webb), Funny (2001, caps for kids, by Jordi Fosch), Futuda (1993, grunge by Balius and Perez Casasin), Game (2002, by Miguel M. Velacoracho), Garage (1997, grune by Fabrice Trovato), Garcia Bitmap (1993, Balius), Garcia Bodoni (1995, an experimental Bodoni by Balius and Perez Casasin), Garcia Snack's (1993-1995, snack bar lettering by Balius and Perez Casasin), Helvetica Fondue (1993-1994, Helvetica with cheese holes; by Balius and Perez Casasin), Hispana (1996, by José M. Ribagorda), Hokvo (1994, pixel style typeface by Perez Casasin), Inercia (1996, a rounded sans by Inigo Jerez), Inmaculatta (1997, grunge by Roberto Saenz Maguregui), Jam Jamie (1996, painted letter simulation typeface by Malcolm Webb), Janson (1997, grunge by Harald Weber), Juan Castillo Script (1995, by Balius and Perez Casasin, based on the handwriting of an old man in Albacete), Joroña (2001, Kafkaesque caps by Jordi Fosch), Kentucky (1997, grune by André Nossek), Loop Ultra (1996, Franco Bonaventura), Loreakop (1995, irregular hand by Txarly Brown), Martí Hand Script (1998, Saíz), Matilde Script (1993-1994, Balius), MCK mono (2005, pixel typeface by Milos Radosavljevic), Mi Mama Me Soba Script (1994, grunge script by Balius and Perez Casasin), Network (1996, Alex Gifreu), Ninja type (1995, kana-lookalike by Txarly Brown), Ozó Type (1994, an overprinted type by Balius and Perez Casasin), Pantacas (1998, grunge by Nicolas Gallardo), Panxo Pinxo (1996, David Molins), Parkinson (1994, grunge typeface by Balius and Perez Casasin), Playtext (1993-1996, Balius), Popular (1997, Sergi Ibañez), Proceso Sans (1996, only crosses, by Pablo Cosgaya), Rocky (1997, grunge by Harald Weber), Route 66 (1997, Francesc Vidal), Sablon (2005, a stencil typeface by Marcus Schreiter), Simple (2001, experimental typeface by Romulo Fernandez), Skupitajo (1998, graffiti letters by Nicolas Gallardo), SoundFiles (1998, totally off-the-wall experimental typeface by Reto Brunner), Surface (2001, grunge by Jordi Fosch), Temble (1993, Balius), Tiparracus (1994, dingbats by Balius and Perez Casasin), Trash (1996, grunge typeface by Matthias Rawald), Vertigo (1996, a Kafkaesque typeface by Txarly Brown), Visible (handwriting by Fabrice Trovato, 1997), Vizente Fuster (1995, handwriting by Balius and Perez Casasin based on scripts seen in the Sant Antoni market), Water Knife (1995, a medieval calligraphic script revival by Laudelino L.Q), Weird (1996, an experimental typeface by Mladen Balog). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
For a school project, German Texier (Nantes, France) created the hyper-experimental typeface Copernic (2014). He explains: Code alphabet system based on Nicolas Copenic's model for the revolution of the planets. Vowels are represented using the colors of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Saturn, Consonants use the colors of Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. The numbers are modeled on the Roman system and are obtained with an additive to the first letters of the alphabet. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Sabadell, Catalunya, who was born in Barcelona. Behance link.
Gina's Canica (2011) is a typeface to be used in publications for children. It has been designed from shapes which are simple, clean, easy to distinguish, and pleasant to read. It was developed within the Eina Master's in Advanced Typography in Barcelona. [Google] [More] ⦿
Giuseppe de Cesare
Google Maps Typewriter Machine
Barcelona-based graphic designer (b. 1988) who created the avant garde experimental typeface AMFE (2013), and Scanogram (2013). Creator of Bowman (2010), a font specially made as a typographic tribute to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Typefaces from 2014: Odd Slab.
Graphic designer, illustrator and photographer in Valencia, Spain, who created a thin monoline typeface called Miranda Sans (2011), a slabby didone typeface called Cecilia (2011) and an experimental minimalist typeface called Rota (2011, with Pablo Funcia). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hibernia Type is run by Christopher Burke (b. 1967), the British designer of the text typeface Celeste (FontFont, 1999-2000) and Celeste Sans (2004). His balanced sans serif text typeface Pragma ND (1995) is available from Neufville. Chris got a Ph from, and later taught typography at the University of Reading from 1996-2001. He was instrumental in setting up the MA program in type design at Reading. In 2002, he finished Parable, which was published at FontFont as FF Parable.
Author of Renner, Paul: The Art of Typography, Hyphen Press, 1999 (U&LC review). His essay Jan Tschichold&Sabon, written in the specimen book Linotype Sabon Next (Linotype, 2002), is is a must for anyone wishing to understand Tschichold. FontFont bio. FontShop link. MyFonts listing. Chris lived (still lives?) in Barcelona.
Hio Massaguer (b. 1983, Girona) is a graphic designer in Barcelona. He made the ornamental caps typeface Bones (2012).
"Homeless Fonts" is a Spanish project to turn hand-scrawled cardboard signs into charitable assistance. Homeless Fonts, a joint effort between the charitable Arrels Foundation and creative agency McCann Worldgroup, has paired designers with a small band of homeless people in Spain. The end goal is to sell these fonts to corporations that will use them to push their brands, with the financial proceeds going toward Arrels' homeless-outreach work in Barcelona.
Luis Carlos Redondo (Inkclear) is an art director, illustrator and designer in Zagreb, Croatia. He made the heavy slab serif headline typeface Heavyweight (2011). We find him a couple of years later back in Barcelona. In 2013, he helped organize a multi-designer ornamental caps typeface called Simpl3.
Oscar Marchal (Inquietto; b. 1977) is an art director and creative director in Barcelona, who specializes in motion graphics, animation, 3D graphics, illustration, graphic design, cinema, TV graphics and multimedia applications. He has made some experimental typefaces: Pena (2009), Buga (2009), Sticky (2008), Rec (2008). Extravaganzza (2008) is a free sans typeface that can be found here. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Iñigo Jerez Quintana
Art director in Barcelona and Andorra, who studied at IDEP, School of Design in Barcelona. She lives in Andorra. Her typefaces include Escola Andorrana (2013, layered geometric face), and Marmott (2013, a serifed text typeface).
Isa Lapera is a graphic designer in Barcelona. She created the experimental Ciocco ball terminal typeface in 2013 together with Carolina Poch, a student at ELISAVA. In 2014, she created the minimalist experimental typeface Lapera. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Isaac Art Grant
Catalan graphic designer who lives in Olot and/or Montblanch. He created the sans family Alfa (2012), in which he attempts to offer total neutrality by taking common legible features from all famous sans typefaces.
James George Dunn
Jaume Osman Granda is a designer from Vilanova i la Geltrú, near Barcelona. He studied multimedia programming at the Polytechnic University in Terrassa.
Joan A. Alegret
Born in Barcelona in 1950, Joan Barjau is a graphic and type designer, cartoonist, illustrator, painter, and animator who taught at Eina in Barcelona from 1984-1993. Designer at type-o-tones in Barcelona who made Analfabeta Regular (1999, with Flavio Morais), Analfabeta Pics (1999, with Flavio Morais), Analfabeto (+Pics, 2007, another vernacular typeface done with Flavio Morais), Ebu Script (1991-2013, a technical script done with José Manuel Urós), Iva (1993-2007), Jeune Adrian (1997), MeMimas (1991-2007, upright connected script done with José Manuel Urós; a Spanish school script commissioned in 1991 by publisher Barcanova), MeMimasAlternate, the great Sniff (1995, poster family), Talqual (1997, handwriting), Tschicholina (1997, unicase font inspired by Tschichold), Xiquets Primitives (1995, dingbats), Zubizarreta (1997, an award winner at Bukvaraz 2001; Zubizarreta Tosca is clearly Kafkaesque; the whole family is a mix between Neanderthal simplicity and Basque toughness).
In 2013, Joan Barjau published the cartoonish typeface family Sniff, which he first created in 1995. He writes: Joan Barjau used the pseudonym Sniff while working as a cartoonist for the Spanish satirical magazine El Papus, and Sniff is also the typeface based on the style of lettering he used for the balloons.
Joan Marti Mas
Surrealist Catalan painter, 1893-1983. His work spawned a lot of interest from the part of type designers, who created a number of typefaces in his unique style. The one most taken with Miro's art is undoubtedly Manfred Klein. A listing of the key typefaces influenced by Miró:
Joan Ramon Pastor Rovira
Catalan designer (b. 1920, Caldes de Montbui, d. 1980, Barcelona) of Bisonte (Fonderie Typographique Française, 1950), Juventud (script typeface at the Fonderie Typographique Francaise, 1950; Hutchings mentions the Gans Foundry: this is, in fact, the Gans version of his Muriel), Muriel (Fonderie Typographique Française, 1950, a script face), Novadam (a logotype from the 1940s; also called Sphlex) and the modular art deco family Supertipo Veloz (Fundición José Iranzo, 1942).
Rebecca Alaccari and Patrick Griffin (Canada Type) published a revival and elaborate extension of Muriel as Blanchard. Novadam, a great geometric black modern face, was digitized by Nick Curtis as Novadam Obese (2005). Nick Curtis's Conga Line NF (2002) and Super Bob Triline are based on SuperVeloz.
Bibliography on SuperTipo Veloz: Enric Satué and Mario Esquenazi, SuperTipo Veloz. Un sistema tipográfico para el pequeño impresor, Cuadernos de Comunicación 1. Barcelona, 1989; V. Martínez Sicluna, Teoría y práctica de la Tipografía Gustavo Gili. Barcelona, 1945; Joan and Esteban Trochut, NOVADAM (vol. 1, 2, 3 y 4), Sadag. Barcelona; Joan y Esteban Trochut, ABUNDANCIA (catalog), Barcelona (1950's).
Digital descendants: Conga Line NF (1999-2002, Nick Curtis); the lower case of Astoria Titling (Nick Curtis) is based on Super Veloz. Andreu Balius's free family Trochut (2012, Google Web Fonts) is based on Bisonte. Balius and Alex Trochut codesigned Super Veloz in 2005.
Joancarles P. Casasín
Joancarles P. Casasín
Catalan type designer (b. Barcelona, 1969) who made ITC Belter and FF FontSoup.
He is co-principal of Typerware with Andreu Balius, in Barcelona. At Typerware, he codesigned the following original fonts with Andreu Balius: TW Czeska, TW FaxFont amily, TW NotTypeWriterButPrinter, FF FontSoup, Matilde Script, Garcia Bodoni. Check the Canas Cister Abbey font project. Check also the award winning font Universitas Salamantini by the Typerware duo.
In 2010, he created Adineue Bold for Adidas. For the fashion brand Kipling, he designed a vogueish typeface called Kipling (2012). For the STM Montreal (the transport authority of Montreal), he created a custom typeface called STM Montreal (2011).
Joel lozano studied graphic design at the Escola Massana, Centre d'Art i Disseny in Barcelona. Barcelona-based codesigner with Robin Frank at T-26 of dingbats and letters derived from a motorcycle: Mototype (2008, 4 styles). The free Network Font (2011) is a monospaced, yet experimental concoction.
Joel Lozano, Dani Navarro and Roger Pau run Forma.co together in Barcelona. Forma.co published the tweetware rounded sans typeface Sant Joan Despi in 2014.
Tarragona-based Catalan designer of the typewriter font called Let32,2, and of the comic book font Love Gun. He also made Escher Desigual and FoschWords 1. In 2000, he created the poster stencil typeface called Cartolina (2000). In 2001, he designed the grunge typeface Surface (Garcia Fonts), the Kafkaesque all-caps typeface Jroña (Garcia Fonts) and the all-caps kids typeface Funny (Garcia Fonts). [Google] [More] ⦿
Barcelona-based designer of a really really ultra-fat rounded face, based on the architecture in the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona. The typeface is called Eixample (2009). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in 1987 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this graphic designer worked in Bacelona for two years at Folch Studio and Clase BCN. Today, he lives in the Canary Islands.
He created Foster (2010, a didone italic) and the display faces Joker Serif and Joker Slab Serif (2010). Tauromaquia (2012) was inspired by bull fights. Futura and medieval symbology influenced Jorge in the creation of the alchemic typeface Avariciya (2013). Tiempo (2013) is a Peignotian sans.
José Manuel Urós
Aka Josema Uros. Self-taught programmer in Barcelona, b. 1956, who set up the typefoundry Type-O-Tones in 1992. He is also involved in Neue in Barcelona. Since 1993 he has been teaching at Eina, Elisava, ESDI and IDEP. His typefaces:
Josep Pep Patau i Bellart
Designer at type-o-tones in Barcelona. In 1992, he made the grunge typeface Frankie together with Laura Meseguer.
Karina Goto graduated from the Masters program in advanced typography at EINA, Barcelona in 2013. Before that, she obtained an MBA in branding from Rio Branco University. She created the decorative fashion mag typeface Makeup in 2013 during her studies there. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese graphic designer in Barcelona, where he studied at Eina. His typefaces:
I like the description of this Catalan foundry at MyFonts: A foundry with a home in Catalunya. Kickingbird font work takes place in the quiet treehouse headquarters near a former Barcelona textile homestead. Font sketches are completed anywhere a notebook is handy... in the cafes of Gràcia, on the RENFE railway or outside the cloisters of Santa Maria del Mar. Font design inspiration comes from many sources. Faded broadside wall manifestoes in Ravel, broken floor tiles washed up on the shores of Vilassar de Mar or from old cigar boxes found at the Mercat de Sant Antoni. For those who know Barcelona, sweet memories. The designer, Seymour Caprice, created the vernacular faces Pop Manta (2009: Pop Manta has been described as "Morris Fuller Benton meets Roy Lichtenstein". Benton's 1903 neo-grotesque letter shapes set to a Pop Art beat.) and Locutorio (2011).
Typefaces from 2013: Bathysphere. This is a steampunk sans described as follows: This steam era typeface, created by Gustav Schroeder in 1884, found popular use on soap box labels and tobacco tins during its initial release. Then, later, a successful and stout revival of Gustav's face, named Othello, was carried out by Morris Fuller Benton in 1934, and the typeface's appeal widened to include items such as broadside posters featuring Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. After metal gave way to film type, Gustav's creation experienced a brief fashion moment in the 1960's, but then disappeared entirely, never re-surfacing as a full digital typeface. With the release of Bathysphere, the typeface comes full circle, having been completely redrawn from scratch using Gustav's original specimens. The new extended language support establishes the typeface firmly in the modern era, while Bathysphere's refinement of subtle blunt corners restores a deep-sea grace to this iron giant. However, Nick Curtis's Iago NF (2011) is also based on Othello, and is close in execution.
Albert Pereta is a communication designer associated with Eina University in Barcelona. In 2010, he and Santi Grau co-founded the foundry La Foneria. Designer of some beautiful fonts: Kadabra (2010, a high-contrast octagonal didone), Coconut (a warm Latin signage face), Kranne (a thin slab serif), Locked. [Google] [More] ⦿
Joan A. Alegret ("La Tipomàtika") is a Barcelona-based Catalan designer (b. 1987) who studied graphic communication at Escola Massana in Barcelona. Creator of the free geometric sans families Candela (2009), Cicle (2007) and Newcicle (2007), and the absolutely rectangular sans family Simply Mono (2007).
Joan's first commercial typeface is the didone fat typeface Bendita (2011), done for Bonart magazine. Muro (2013) is a heavy sans face. Chispa (2013) aand Verano (2013) are free hand-printed typefaces.
Spanish (Catalan?) designer of some experimental typefaces, such as Rose (2010), a typeface in which the dots are rose petals. She also made a typeface called Buit (2010) but I can't find a sample anywhere. [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator (b. 1990, Mallorca, Spain) who now lives and works in Berlin. She created the tweetware hand-printed typeface Happy Fox Condensed in 2013 together with Fran Llull. Aka Lauryn Green. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic Design student at Graphic Design student based in Barcelona, most of the projects shown here are made at EINA (Escola de Disseny i Art de Barcelona). During her studies in 2012, she created the straight-edged typeface Mikado. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer (b. Barcelona, 1968) at type-o-tones in Barcelona. She publishes as well as promotes all her type designs through her own type foundry, Type-o-Tones. In 2003-2004, she took a year off and took the postgraduate Type and Media course at KABK (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague, Holland. She is a professor of typography in Spain. Author of TypoMag. Typography in Magazines (IndexBook) and co-author of Cómo crear tipograías. Del boceto a la pantalla (Tipo E). MyFonts link. Fontshop link. Her typefaces:
Letterjuice is the British typefoundry of Pilar Cano, who graduated from the University of Reading, 2006, but started out life in Barcelona. After graduation, still in 2006, she co-founded Mídori, a graphic design studio specialised in editorial design. Letterjuice is based in Brighton, UK.
Coauthor, with Marta Serrats, of Typosphere (2007, Harper Collins). Creator of these typefaces:
Barcelona-based Spanish type design blog. It is run by these people: zorglub, rare, PHOTO&GRAPHIC, Carlos Cabanas, Ángel, Arnau, Álvaro, Ángel, Josep Patau Bellart, lletraferit, clau4ni, Raúl Campuzano, Dídac Ballester, Andreu Balius, Eduardo Manso, txo, Txusmarcano, Víctor Palau.
Catalan free font outfit. At Dafont, they published these fonts in 2011: Jubiaco (angular), Garamgarde, Munster (gothic), Cotidiana (fat finger face), Titulo (a fat inline headline face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Fine Arts graduate from the University of Barcelona, who is now at Central Saint Martins College of Art&Design in the UK. She revived a 1931 typeface by Carlos Winkow, called Elzeviriano Ibarra (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lucía Castro Triay
Catalan designer of Arepas y Queso (2006, irregular hand), Belisa Plumilla Regular (2006), Lughdailh Regular (2006) and Mariana Peluso (2006, great curly handwriting). Dafont link. Fontsy link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Luis studied Graphic Design at ESDI (Ramón Llull University) and earned his Masters degree in Advanced Typography at Escola Eina (Autonomous University of Barcelona). Since 2006 he has worked from Plam on various projects related to, above all, corporate identity and editorial design. He is working as a type designer, along with Ricardo Santos and Charlie Zinno, with whom he founded in 2011 the type design collective Tiponautas. With Santos, he designed the techno sans families Lab Slab Pro (2011) and Lab Sans Pro (2011).
Luis Carlos Redondo
Born in 1977, Luis Llabrés obtained a BA in Advanced Graphic Design from IDEP, Barcelona, in 2003, and runs 4L Design. He lives in Amsterdam. In 2003, he created the typeface Scalextric (aka Superslot), based on car game racetracks. He claims that Renault stole his type design and is really surprised how Renault obtained the font data---he suspects that one of the judges of a type competition (Tipografias Urbanas, Barcelona, 2003) leaked it. Renault was sued but the initial judgment was with Renault, claiming that Llabres added nothing new in creating letters based on shapes of tracks in car games. [Google] [More] ⦿
Manfred Klein's Fonteria
Frankfurt-based designer (b. 1932) whose creative output is so large that he deserves a separate web page. His URL at Moorstation from 2000-2007. New page on him by Florian Rochler. Font squirrel link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Goldsmith in Valencia, who cut some printing characters between 1780 and 1784 in response to an order of the "Real Sociedad Económica Valenciana de Amigos del Pais". He started a press and a foundry in Valencia in 1784. His fonts include a modern transitional typeface that is being revived, recovered and digitized by Josep "Pep" Patau Bellart in Barcelona. [Google] [More] ⦿
Marc Antoni Malagarriga i Picas
Designer in Vilanova i la Geltru near Barcelona. Interior design student in the Graduate School of Design Elisava, which is part of Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Graduate of Escola Serra i Abella de l'Hospitalet de Llobregat, class of 2013. Graphic designer in Barcelona who created the antiqued typeface Prometeo MCO (2013) and the tweetware rune simulation font Ritual Regular (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Vic, Catalunya who studied in Northampton, UK, and who also uses the name Marc Mars. Creator of the free 3d typeface Cubic Sans (2012).
Maria Montes (Melboure, Australia) created Milosz Italic at Eina, Barcelona, in 2011. The great angular semi-calligraphic typeface March Twenty Two (Sans, Serif) was created during the Summer Condensed Program at Cooper Union in NYC in 2012.
Maria Mora and Claudia Dunkel codesigned the display typeface Minuet in 2013 during their studies at the Elisava School of Design, Barcelona, in a workshop run by Laura Meseguer. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Maria Olga Reyes
Designer in Medellin, Colombia, who studied typography at the University of Barcelona. Behance link.
Barcelona-based graphic designer (b. 1963). Dafont carries his free fonts, which are often revivals, or fonts based on scans from Dover books. The list of his typefaces:
Barcelona-based creator of the script typeface Turista (2012).
Designer in Barcelona. Behance link. She has been working since 2008 on some gorgeous typefaces, such as Ophelie, Rigid (2010, a piano key font that she proclaims to be a grandchild of Josef Albers), and Gallo Guapo, which mix high contrast and extreme quaint roundness. In 2011, she made the ornamental watch number typeface Nido.
Marta Vargas (b. Barcelona, 1990) is a graphic design student who currently lives in Barcelona, where she attends ELISAVA Design School. Behance link.
Graphic designer in Barcelona, b. 1984, Barcelona. Graduate of Escuela Superior de Diseño Bau (Barcelona). Creator of Ariadna (2013).
Spanish cartoonist and illustrator. With Laura Meseguer at type-o-tones in Barcelona, he made Gallard (1995, a lively bouncy cartoonish font family).
Born in Pamplona in 1987 who obtained a Masters in typography and type design from EINA in Barcelona. He designed Macca (2011, a typewriter style Egyptian family), Straw (2011, a display face), and Rokel (2011, a sans face for texts). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mariaolga Reyes (aka Minimo, or as MO) is a web and editorial designer in Guatemala City. She created the wrought iron curly Victorian typeface Barrots (2012), which was inspired by some buildings in Barcelona. [Google] [More] ⦿
Spanish designer of several typefaces at Folch Studio. These include Cordinate Bold, Times Screen (a pixelized version of Times), FS Futura (2007) and FS Ugly Italic (2008, with Reto Moser). [Google] [More] ⦿
Moises Carracedo Martin
Neue is a digital studio in Barcelona, run by José Manuel Urós (b. 1956), who founded Type-O-Tones in 1992. In 2013, it created a grotesque type family called Arboria. Type-o-Tones published Arbotek (2013), a great monoline sans family with a stylish art deco Arbotek Ultra weight.
Fundicion Tipografica Neufville SA is a foundry based in Barcelona, headed by Wolfgang Hartmann, which writes about itself: Neufville Digital produces and markets the fonts from Fundicion Tipografica Neufville, Bauersche Giesserei, Ludwig&Mayer, Fonderie Typographique Française and Fundicion Tipografica Nacional.
Fonts include a newly digitized Futura family (Paul Renner, 1928), in the Bauer Classics collection.
In the collection Grafia Latina, we find Diagonal ND (Antoni Morillas, 1970), Uncial Romana (Ricardo Rousselot, 1996), Pascal ND (José Mendoza y Almeida, 1959), Sully-Jonquieres (José Mendoza y Almeida, 1980), Fidelio ND (José Mendoza y Almeida), Llerda ND, Paris ND, Flash ND and Arabescos ND, all by Enric Crous Vidal (1945 to 1953). They write: Within the GRAPHIE LATINE collection Neufville Digital releases the works of famous typographers like José Mendoza y Almeida, René Ponot, Tomas Vellvé, Antonio Morillas, Ricard Giralt Miracle, Ricardo Rousselot, Juan Trochut and others. The BAUER CLASSICS collection includes the many typefaces from the Bauersche Giesserei. The first fontfamily available is FUTURA that has been completely digitized anew to meet today's professional demands. Many other fonts are to follow. Neufville Digital produces and markets the fonts from Fundición Tipográfica Neufville, Bauersche Giesserei, Ludwig&Mayer, Fonderie Typographique Française and Fundición Tipográfica Nacional. You will certainly be familiar with famous typefaces like Futura, Bauer Bodoni, Weiss, Folio, Imprimatur and many others from the rich type founding era. Neufville Digital digitizes them from their original artwork using state of the art technology and makes them available in compliance with the latest standards.
Among the fonts to be reissued, we cite a few.
From Ludwig&Mayer: Allemannia Fraktur (1908), Allright (1936), Altenburger Gotisch (1928), Bastard Mediaeval, Beatrice (1931), Chic, Cochin (1922), Commerciale, Diplomat (1964), Firmin Didot (1929), Hallo (1956), Kombinette (1932), Krimhilde (1934), Kupferplatte (1950), Largo (1939), Magnet (1951), Wolfram (1930). From FT Neufville: Antiqua (1850).
From FT Nacional: Astur (1940), Belinda (like 15th century Spanish calligraphic writing, with fine curved serifs on the tips of the ascenders), Cervantes, Elzeviriano, Hispalis (1940), Imperio (1949), Inglés (1940), Interpol (1950), Numantina (1940; for a digital version, see Nick Curtis's Numancia NF (2011)), Radar (1940), Romana, Victoriana (1940).
From the Bauersche Giesserei: Astoria (1911), Azurée (1908), Baron (1911), Baroness (1911), Baskerville-Antiqua (1923), Batarde (1915), Bauer Bodoni (1926), Fette Antiqua (1850), Lithographia (1895), Manuskript Gotisch (1899), Noblesse (1908), Steile Futura, Stephanie (1890), Times-Antiqua, Venus (1907).
From FT Française: Bizerte, Italienne, Romantiques (1937), Stylo (1937). Their Catalogo de tipos (1978) shows many other typefaces too, so, with some repetition, we find the handwriting/script faces Vigor, Sinfonia, Privat, Sirena, Maxim, Litografia, Leyenda (Legend), Bernhard Cursive and Adagio, the federal money typeface Azuree (1908), the typewriter family Ibematic, OCR A-1, the blackletter typeface Gotico (or Manuskript-Gotisch), the outline fonts Royal and Columna, the checkbook typeface Litho, the display faces Nobleza and Carnaby, the Egyptian family Epoca (=Beton), as well as Homera (=Hyperion), Corvinus, Volta and Impressum. Galaxy ND (2006) is a mysterious, organic and quite useless typeface.
Go here for a description of the old printing machines.
Check also the Fundicion Tipografica Bauer in Barcelona and Visualogik Technology and Design in the Netherlands.
During her studies at EINA in Barcelona, Noa Paz Gimenez created the modular typefaces Modular (2013) and Moved (2013, an octagonal typeface) and the sans typeface Titidolm (2013, a redesign of Titillium).
Originally from Barcelona, Noe is a graphic designer who holds a BA in Graphic Design from BAU, School of Design and a MA in Advanced Typography at Eina, Escola de Disseny i Art, where her interest in type design began and where she created her first typeface. Since 2008, she has been working as a graphic designer for different studios in Barcelona. She is a graduate of the Type Media program at KABK, Den Haag, class of 2012. Since then she has been working for Underware and independent foundries such as Emtype Foundry, and Klim Type Foundry, among others.
Her graduation typeface at KABK was Minima (2012), a text typeface families woth sans and serif components. The sans is roundish and flared, and both read very well at small point sizes.
Codesigner with Jordi Embodas of Trola Text (2014).
Barcelona-based graphic designer who created some ornamental caps for the Festa Xica Pont de Suert (2012).
Berlin-based designer who seems to have made some typefaces according to his Behance face, but I could find no confirmation that he has actually created complete alphabets. Before his Berlin stint, he studied communication in Barcelona. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oriol Moret-Viñals has a Phd in Letterpress Typography and teaches at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. At ATypI 2014 in Barcelona, he spoke about the geminated el (l-l) in the Catalan language. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pangramas is Pedro Sanoja in Barcelona. His typefaces include Hibrido (2008, a great sketch face), Kinetica (2009, experimental), and PobleNou (2009, based on things found in the Poble Nou area of Barcelona in which I lived for a few months in 1998 while visiting Pompeu Fabra University). Behance link. Before his Barcelona days, Pedro lived in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was a typographer and web designer. In fact, it was there that he first created Hibrido. He also made Vokodek Rmx 001 (2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator and graphic designer in La Bisbal d'Empordà, Girona, Catalunya. Creator of the fat counterless typeface Troquel (2010; see also Hype For Type) and the VAG-Rounded style typeface 1M2 (2009). Creator of the monospaced font family 1M2 (2009).
Paula Mastrangelo, who lives in Barcelona, writes about her typeface Laski (2012): Laski is the result of my work in the Master in Advanced Typography in Eina, School of Design and Art. This type is designed for use in a child's daily newspaper. The 20-style extension, achieved with the technical assistance of Ramiro Espinoza, Laski Slab (+Stencil), won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.
Pedro Azevedo Gonçalves
Design student at Design Academy IDEP, Barcelona. He created the serif typeface Invicta (2010).
Designer at type-o-tones in Barcelona. He made the squarish typeface Poca (2007) together with Enric Jardi. It comes in Regular and Ninots (robotic pixel dingbats) styles. FontShop link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Barcelona-based creator of Galang (2012, an alchemic typeface).
Pau Misser is the founder of PM Fonts and the Barcelona-based creator of free futuristic fonts. He will send them if you first send something you created. The list: PmnatjaItalic, Pmnatja, Pmoliosa (2001), Pmagrafia, PMbustiaBold, PMbustia, PmcapsigranyBold, PmcapsigranyDemiBold, PmcapsigranyExtraBold, PmcapsigranySemiBold, PmcapsigranyUltraBold, Pmcapsigrany, PMoliosa, PMnatja, PMdelit, PMescacsBold, Pmescacs, PMfastigCondensed, PMfastig, PMguix, PMmeravellaThin, PMmeravella, PMpantalla, PMquelcom, PMreg, PMsembla, PMtrifasic. Interview. At Typephases, we find the screen font Pantalla, and the geometric display font Sembla. At Die Gestalten, one can buy Agrafia (LED simulation), Bustia (futuristic), Escacs, Fastig, Hodierna, Natja, Oliosa, trifasic (futuristic), Quelcome. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pons Designo, a studio in Palma de Mallorca, created the World Crisis typeface in 2013.
Barcelona-based designer. His free shadowed typeface Isaac Oplup (2013) is an homage to Isaac Diaz Pardo (1920-2012), a Galician intellectual, painter, ceramicist, designer, editor and entrepreneur.
Barcelona-based designer of the alchemic typeface Mana Sans (2011). He writes: A commissioned display font I designed for the Mexican band Maná in late 2011. It was finally used for one of their songs on the new album, as part of the visuals for their live shows on the last tour around South America and USA. Available from Ultra Types.
Other fonts by him from 2012 include Geoda (a geometrically designed font), Modula Mono (a monospaced bold organic caps set, available from Ten Dollar Fonts), Mana (alchemic), and Marina (this three-style text family is his final project for the Masters in Advanced Typography at EINA).
Aka Barry Bianco (b. Alzira, 1983), Graphic designer based in Valencia, Spain. For his graduation project in 2013, he created the ironwork font Nord, which is based on the modern letters of Gregorio Muñoz in Valencia's train station L'Estació del Nord. Other typefaces by Rafael include Geometric Obsession (2014, experimental) and Didac (2014, a didone; buy it here). [Google] [More] ⦿
Catalan creator of Gamaliel (2010, Open Font Library), a blackletter face. This was part of his project at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. The type is based on the gothic letters used by the Barcelonese printer Joan Rosembach in 1496.
Graphic designer in Barcelona, b. 1990, who graduated from Elisava in 2012. Designer of Fausto (2013), a heavy sans typeface that is based on late XIXth century wood grotesque typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Spanish author of the calligraphy and penmanship book Bellezas de Caligrafia (1844, Joaquin Verdaguer, Barcelona). Stirling was active in Barcelona.
This book led to the development of various modern script typefaces, such as Alejandro Paul's Bellissima Script (2013). Ramon's influence can also be seen in Ramiro Espinoza's Medusa (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Giuseppe Salerno (aka Resistenza.es) is an Italian graphic designer, specializing in web design. He lived in Torino, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Valencia, and currently works in Berlin and Turin.
In 2010, he made the circular multiline face Afrobeat (+Light), the fat counterless typeface Vito Sans (2010), Wonderwall (2010, like a skeletal construction), the high-contrast art deco typeface Zaza (2010), and the pure Italian vintage art deco face Luxx (futurism).
Creations from 2011: Ratatan, Bodoni At Home (a handpainted Bodoni), Arcanotype (2011, delicate caps, individually drawn using Chinese ink on Japanese calligraphy paper), Babushka (2011), Dolce Caffe (2011, hand-printed), Adelaida (hand-printed poster face), Monella (octagonal).
Production in 2012: Ampersanders (a font with many ampersands), BLAQ (an ornamental blackletter caps typeface inspired by Henry W. Troy), The Bay (hand-printed all caps poster face), Bratislove (an artsy hand-drawn typeface), Modernissimo, Clementina (hand-printed caps), Afrobeat Gothic (angular multiline face).
Typefaces from 2013: Glob (bubblegum face), Archivio (slab serif family with very open counters), Mina (connected script), Monster Hand (brush script), Berliner Fraktur (a flat brush fraktur inspired by Rudolf Koch), The Luxx (a redesign of the 2010 art deco sans typeface Luxx---a comparable typeface is Mostra Nuova by Mark Simonson), Starburst (calligraphic gestural light script), Caramello Script, Copperlove (copperplate script), Yma Italic (retro script), Sonica Brush.
Typefaces from 2014: Elastica (hand-drawn poster family), Nautica (copperplate script), Ingles (copperplate script), Peperoncino Sans (a decorative sans serif font system designed with a marker), Attica RSZ (inspired by Caslon Italian and Novarese's Estro), Montana (poster family, +Icona), Superb (a yummy creamy script, codesigned with Paco Gonzalez), Dolce Caffe 3D, Coming Home (a hairline curly script based on a childish handwriting), The Crashed Fonts (a glaz krak family), Newland (inspired by Rudolf Koch's Neuland), Two Fingers (a funky hand-drawn family that includes, e.g., Two Fingers Bodoni, Two Fingers Courier, Two Fingers Poster [blackboard bold] and Two Fingers Script).
Grotesk cc is Tobias Rechsteiner, Reto Moser, and Simon Renfer in Bern, Switzerland. The former two designed GT Haptik (2009), which is a grotesk typeface in which the letters are optimized to be read blindfolded and by touching them. GT Haptik was published at Grilli Type. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer and type designer. Born and died in Barcelona, 1911-1994. In 1947, he founded Filograf, Institut d'Art Gràfic, where among other things, he created typefaces. His faces include GAUDI (1962, available from Neufville), XENIUS, HELIOS, GAYA CIENCIA (1973), BIBLOS, POMPEYA and MARYLAND. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Ricard Marxer Piñón
Ricardo Victor Rousselot Schmitt
Italian graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010, who lives and works in Piedmont and Lombardy in Northern Italy, and publishes typefaces at Sorkin Type. His typefaces:
Calligrapher and graphic designer in Madrid and Barcelona, who was born in Sao Paulo. Creator of the organic sans typeface Kim Typografic (2011) and the multilined typeface Atletica Display (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Athens, Greece and Barcelona-based graphic designer. He created the piano key stencil typeface MAP Stencil (2010, Latin and Greek), the prismatic typeface 3D (2012), and the alchemic typeface Stigma (2012).
In 2013, Rouli designed the tall thin typeface Sentient Adult.
Graduate of the Design Department of the National University of Art in Bucharest, Romania. She created MoRo (2012, Modern Romanesc: an artsy typeface), Arhaic Romanesc, Moro Regular, and Moro Bold. She writes: MoRo is a modern version of archaic Romanian types. The design of the MoRo letters combines the features of Cyrillic glyphs with Latin shapes.
In 2012, during an Advanced Typography Masters at EINA, Barcelona, she developed Zagoris.
Salvador (or just Tori) Alimbau is a designer at type-o-tones in Barcelona who made Vulcano (1997, with José Manuel Urós). Tori Alimbau, Luis Mendo and José Manuel Urós codesigned DesignOrDie.
Santi Vilagran Casanovas
Designer and illustrator in Barcelona and/or Bogota, Colombia, aka Xato.
Creator of the spiky hexagonal typeface Uglymann (2012). The octagonal typeface Crwell (2014) was designed on a rhombic grid.
Sergi Delgado is a graphic designer and illustrator in Barcelona. He created the piano key modular stencil typeface Gado (2013).
Graphic designer in Badalona, Catalunya, b. 1987, Mostoles, Spain. He studied at Escola d'art i superior de disseny Pau Gargallo in Badalona. Designer of the school project font Tipografia Inedit (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Catalan foundry, est. 2008 by Xavier Lanau, who lives in Barcelona. He designed the feminine sans family Apparata (2008) as aprt of a project for his Masters degree in typography art EINA. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Israeli designer who runs Salvador Brand, a specialist in developing lifestyle brands through licensing of properties, associated with the Spanish artist, Salvador Dali.
Designer in Barcelona, who created the slab serif typeface Scuadra (2012).
A tribute to Joan Trochut-Blanchard modular type system, Supertipo Veloz (1942) by a Catalan group that includes Andreu Balius and Alex Trochut. It includes a nice sandbox. It was started in 2003. [Google] [More] ⦿
Talented Mexican graphic designer and digital artist (b. 1985) who was based in Montreal but is now back in Mexico City. She pushed the boundaries of experimental typography with creations like Fabric Type (2009), which was developed at Concordia University in Montreal, where she obtained a BFA in design in 2009. She continued her studies at EINA in Barcelona, graduating in 2010.
In 2010, she designed the map face Cartola, which grew out of a project at EINA in Barcelona and is based on Mrs Eaves. Mar 34 (2011) designed exclusively for the identity of Estruch, a restaurant located at the Plaza of the Cathedral in downtown Barcelona. The project was made in collaboration with Raquel Quevedo, who used the typeface for designing a graphic system for the identity. Both the face&the graphic design are based on postal service paraphernalia. Momo (2011) is a typeface that is developed based on the concepts of dada by El Lissitsky&Kurt Schwitters.
A conference subtitled "Glocal. Tipografía en la Era de la Globalización" was held from June 20-22, 2008, in the Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño de Valencia, Valencia, Spain. Flickr group. [Google] [More] ⦿
Spanish/Catalan foundry run by Barcelona-based Iñigo Jerez Quintana since 1995. His beautiful typefaces include ASM (2013, Type O Tones: ASM stands for the Santa Monica Arts cultural center in Barcelona, where the monospaced typeface ASM has been in use as the custom typeface from 2008 onwards), Poster (2013, plus Display and Monster styles: a fat excessive didone family published by Type O Tones), Scozia (2011, didone), Amy, CX Type, School (fat octagonal face), Hidalgo, 112 Type, Point (2011, rounded typewriter family), Papers (2011, a fat fashion mag didone display family), Slim (2011), Batin (2005, neat garalde family), Palo (2000), Dinamo (1999), Oneline (1998), On Serif (2001), On Sans (2001; with On-Serif, a winner at Bukvaraz 2001), Blok (2004, poster face), Blak (heavy version of Blok), Track (2004, octagonal), Plus (2004, octagonal), Bonus (2004, ink trap face), Interfunktionen (2004, old typewriter), SuiteSerif (2003), Xquare (2003), Interpol (2002), Maeda (2002), Luomo (2002), Borneo (2002), Suite (2001), Self (1999, sans family), Valeria (1997, liquid serif), Inercia (1995, a rounded organic sans done at Garcia Fonts), Latina Sans (1998, a winner at Bukvaraz 2001), Latina Serif (1998), Textaxis (2000, sans).
Brazilian/Swiss design student and freelancer in Barcelona. In 2014, during his studies, Tino created the free modular typeface family Paragon (or Paragon Cleaners). Behance link. Home page. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tipo Pepel (was: Antaviana Typeface Division, or: Astramat)
Antaviana Typeface Division is a Catalan foundry, est. ca. 2002. It went also under the name Astramat and was also known as ANTAVIANA SERVEIS INTERACTIUS, SCCL. Located in Lleida, it is run by Josep Patau i Bellart (b. 1971, Les Borges Blanques, Lleida). Patau i Bellart offered free fonts, as well as commercial fonts. He has emerged as one of the most talented contemporary Spanish type designers. In 2011, he started Tipo Pepel [MyFonts link] in Les Borges Blanques. Josep Patau's typefaces:
Additional links: Dafont. MyFonts page. Alternate URL. Fontspace link. Fontfreak page. Patau Bellart is also involved in the type information site Unos Tipos Duros. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link.
Graphic designer from Valencia, Spain. He has a site with Spanish and Catalan language type material, including an interview with Fred Smeijers and the history of typefounding in Valencia. He is working on the stone and garden inspired Lhorta (2007). [Google] [More] ⦿
Jordi Embodas is a Barcelona-based graphic designer, b. 1978. After studying at ELISAVA (1995-1999) and at GH Essen, Germany, he started working at Estudi Juste Calduch in Barcelona (from 2001 onwards). He designs type since 2005 and set up Tipografies in Barcelona for that purpose. Jordi teaches typography at the design schools from Barcelona Elisava and Idep. His typefaces:
Tipos en red
Catalan/Spanish typography and type design blog and information site. At Behance, Ana is listed under Buenos Aires, Argentina. The motor behind Tipos en Red is Ana Dorado, a talented letterer, calligrapher and typographer.
Tipos Reunidos (or: Petit Comite)
Barcelona-based type and graphic and visual identity designers who published these fonts in 2006 at T-26: Brotxa (2007, fat hand-printed face), Canvas (a stencil experiment), Mequetrefe (2007, T-26, an informal 3-d block letter family), Cuca (an informal printed script family), LaFuente (playful script and dingbats for sales signs). Other fonts: Dotdotis, Diario tuc-tuc (2005), Diamant. Petit Comite, the other name for Tipos Reunidos, was established by Quim Massana (the type designer) and Yolanda Martín. Tatiana Vallejo is a Mexican designer who also contributes. The Don family (T-26, 2007) is a fat didone display font with stylistic changes--it includes Don Paco Bold, Don Pancho Bold, Don Pascual Bold and Don Pepito Bold, and Cobalt (2002, T-26) is a 3-weight stencil family.
Located in Barcelona, Tois Estudio Creativo made the 3d typeface Indigo (2013).
Catalan type designer (aka Tomás Vellvé), who, at FT Neufville in 1971 created Vellvé, a simple rounded sans serif family, which was published at the Creative Alliance. Born in 1927 in Barcelona, he started his graphic arts work for Rieusset, SA, in Barcelona, but moved to Madrid in 1948 to continue his studies, and returned in 1950 to Barcelona to run his own studio. He created posters and was an illustrator and graphic artist. His only typeface was Vellvé. He died in 1998. Vellvé was extended to a 3-style ffamily by Nick Curtis in 2009, as Velveteen Round NF.
Art director in Barcelona, who made several typefaces during his career: Grapa (1996, stick-based face), Ona (1995, wavy letters), Rasca (1999, grungy face), Rasca Outline (1999), Zary (2001). [Google] [More] ⦿
Oriol Armengou (Toormix) is a designer based in Barcelona specialised in branding projects, art direction, graphic design, and websites. Toormix sells these typefaces: Vermut (2014, based on Spanish toothpicks called palillos), Poligonal (2014, octagonal), Optilus (2014, beveled) and Marimuntanya (2014, alchemic). Behance link. HypeForType link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Design bureau in Barcelona and Berlin, est. 2007. They designed quite a few typefaces, but none of them seem to be downloadable or even retail. The list:
Type For Now
Typographer and graphic designer in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He created Barcelona Octagon (2010), a name that everyone who has visited Barcelona will understand. In 2011, he added the experimental faces Interlaced and Eixample. Airship 27 (2011, Lost Type) is a tall condensed industrial sans face. Valley Fold (2013) is an origami typeface.
Catalan foundry in which Andreu Balius is involved. Some fonts sold through MyFonts:
FontShop's Petra Weitz wrote this to ATypI: A short aside by Erich Alb a few days ago mentioned the fact that FontShop sells a font which Adrian Frutiger considers to be a bad rip-off of one of his typefaces. In the FontBook we have credited the original designer, too. Based on the information supplied by the foundry, Type-ø-Tones of Barcelona, we had no reason to suspect any foul play involved. Here's the copy from Type-ø-Tone's catalogue: Tschicholina and Jeune Adrian are homages to two experimental projects carried out by two of the greatest typographers of all times. Tschicholina was inspired by a project by Jan Tschichold dating from around 1929. It is a *universal* font without distinction between upper and lower cases, and which has always been considered to have very little future; Jeune Adrian is another experiment with the same characteristics, made by the master Adrian Frutiger (everybody stand up!).... For FontShop's own FontFonts, we do make sure that new designs don't conflict with anybody's previous rights, but when it comes to the foundries who license us their fonts for distribution, we have to rely on their information. There have been cases where we thought a "new" font looked like something we'd seen before, and then we went back to the supplier to get the story. In this case, however, we took Type-ø-Tone's word and we are convinced that they naively did not see any harm in it. We will contact Joan Barjau and advise him to contact Adrian Frutiger. [Google] [More] ⦿
TypePhases (was: vigital tipografia)
Joan Marti Mas' dingbats and fonts. Joan Mas is a Catalan type designer, illustrator and graphic designer in Palma, who offers free and commercial fonts. His free fonts include Cu-tbo-rough (2004, handwriting), Dalicanya (2004), Pero Jefe (2004), Corbatins (2004), Cartelia (2004), Carusses (heads), Ataques, Scroonge (grunge), Tooman (tribal dingbats), Kinky Boots (2004), Viatge Quimic (2004, psychedelic face), Kool Aid Acid Text (2004), CU-TBO (2004, comic book family), Psychopaths (2002), CapsBats (2002), Plantiya (1999), Illustries (2000), Illustrisms (2000 and 2012: vintage scanbats), Amano (handwriting, 2000), DeskSpace dingbats, Bruegheliana, Fazzes, Whimsies (2000), Ombres, Defora (grunge), Antypepatics (great facial caricatures, some even Picasso-esque), Honcho, Ataques, Taques au gogo, Scroonge, Lletraparits, Collbats (named after the cartoon artist Josep Coll, 1924-1984), Homoningos (2002-2004, human figures), Viatge Quimic (2002, lettering based on ideas of Austrian designer Alfred Roller from the early 20th century), Mandicho (child's hand), Sinky (comic book), Tipejos (human figure outlines), Embrush.
Commercial fonts: Genteta I, II and III, Absurdies (mad men dingbats), The Joy of Reading (2001), Fontorio (handwriting), Simpa (handwriting), Entestats (2004, dingbats of heads), Incipials 1, Deaf Crab, Racana, Emplomada, Phalopha, Feedback, DaMarka, Bizarries, Brrrush, Threedee, Capsbats 1,2&3 (very original: human heads with things in them), Manualita (handwriting), Ombres 2&3. He (note: Joan is a man's name in Catalonia) also has a sub-page on font creation and typography.
Typerware is a foundry in Barcelona set up in 1993 by Andreu Balius and Joancarles P. Casasín. It offers the following original fonts: TW Czeska, TW FaxFont, TW NotTypeWriterButPrinter, FF FontSoup, Matilde Script, Garcia Bodoni.
Canas Cister Abbey font project.
Creators of the the award-winning typeface Universitas Salamantini (Andreu Balius and Joancarles P. Casasín).
Typefaces created by him include the useless monstrosity called Combo (2009), the hand-printed Deibi (2009, free), the text typeface Alba Serif (2010), and the fantastic geometric/mathematical caps face Roke 1984 (2010; see also this poster by Shreya Gupta, 2012). TP Duro (2011) is a blackletter face. Favela (2011) is a free tattoo face.
In 2012, he designed an experimental / futuristic set of numbers for a Yorokobu magazine section called Numerografia. Still in 2012, he created the Alexander Grotesk typeface family (which can be bought at Ten Dollar Fonts), and Ut One (modular, arc-based).
In 2013, he designed the sans typeface Reefont Condensed on commission for Reebok [under the creative direction of Manuel Lemus]. 4YFN (4 Years Fro Now, 2013) is a minimilaist custom typeface created for an event organized by Mobile World Congress. He also designed Stela UT (a layered stencil font) in 2013. Cairo Slab UT (2013) is based on an alphabet found in 100 alphabets publicitaires (1946).
In 2014, he made an experimental connect-the-dots typeface with Drawbot. Intangibles is a custom-designed didone titling face. UT Rounded is free.
Art design studio that outputs some interesting typographical work such as the Hot Nights poster (2009) and the Valistika Pro font (2011). Behance link. Valístika is located in Barcelona. [Google] [More] ⦿
Catalan designer Bruno Selles at Vasava Artworks in Barcelona created fonts like VSV-Alergia-Bold, VSV-Alergia-Regular, VSV-ByPass-StencilBold, VSV-Epidermis-Black, VSV-Leila-Bold, VSV-Leila-Medium, VSV-Melon (Light and Regular), VSV-DingDong (I and II), VSV-Lengua-RoundedRegular, VSV-Pachuca-Regular, VSV-Pachuca-Suau, VSV-Romina-Bold, VSV-Romina-Light, VSV-Romina-Regular, VSV-RominaRounded-Light, VSV-RominaRounded-Regular, VSV-Rotula-Regular (2001, by Toni Selles, used to be a free stencil font), VSV-Tirania-Caps, VSV-Tirania-RoundedCaps, ADN, ADN-katakana (pixel fonts, 1998), Neurona, Neurona-katakana (pixel fonts, 1999) and Retina. Some fonts used to be free (but they have gone totally commercial now, it seems). [Google] [More] ⦿
Catalan artist, b. 1932, Barcelona, who works in Mexico. He studied drawing and sculpting. During the Franco persecution, Vicente and his father fled to Mexico City, and fell in love with the city and the country. Exiled Spanish graphic designer Miguel Prieto employed him---together, Vicente and Miguel would go on to have successful careers. In 1953, he became a director at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. After some socio-political art exhibitions, he became interested in geometric artforms.
Catalan author of Introducción al estudio del arte del alfabeto en Cataluña (Verdaguer, 1913), a book about the history of the alphabet. Pic of the Epistolae Sancti Augustini alphabet. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vicky Salsas was born in Barcxelona in 1989, and obtained a Masters in fashion design from the London College of fashion, as wiell as a degree from EINA in Barcelona. In 2011, she designed the avant garde typeface Borwicks. [Google] [More] ⦿
Raquel Pelta's Spanish web site (Visual Magazine). Has lots of type information, but many links do not work for me.
Raquel Pelta is a graphic design historian who holds a PhD in Arts from Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Barcelona. She was professor of history of design at Elisava School of Design (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), and editor of Visual magazine (2001-2004). She is curator of exhibitions related to the first and second Spanish Typographical Conferences, held in Valencia in 2004 and 2006. At ATypi 2006 in Lisbon she spoke about the post-war resurgence of Spanish type design. Since 2006, she teaches at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Barcelona. Biography. [Google] [More] ⦿
Barcelona-based creator of the counterless hand-printed typefaces Woodcutter Dripping Nightmare (2012) and Woodcutter MMXII (2012).
In 2013, he created Gothic Winter (snow-capped blackletter), Woodcutter Anonymous (ransom note font; +part2, 2014), The Shining (movie scanbats), Woodcutter Optical Army (op-art), Viking Runes Shields, Fresh Blood, Pig Rules, Pole Dance, Music+Party, Asian Food, Deers (sic), Woodcutter Amor de Madre (curly tattoo font), Tattoo Vieja Escuela 1, 2 and 3, Origami (animal dingbats), Vintage Motorcycle Club (scanbats), Vintage Christmas (dingbats), Terry Richardson World (scanbats), Woodcutter Wire Fence, Woodcutter Points (textured face), Made in Spain 4, I Love 80s (dings), Drugs (drug paraphernalia dings), Barber Shop (dingbats), Woodcutter del Reves, Adventure Time, New York New York (1 and 2), Woodcutter Dripping Classic, Woodcutter Tinta China (ink splatter font), Woodcutter Cross, Nightmare on Social Media, Breaking Bad (scanbats), Fight Club (boxing scanbats), Boligrafo (sketched font), Robots, Luxury Brands, Woodcutter Buena Lettra, Barcelona (scanbats), Devoto (religious dingbats), Joker (dingbats), Woodcutter Typewritter (sic), Banksy (scanbats), Made in Spain 1, 2 and 3 (company logos), Animal City (funny dingbats), LSD Junior (a scary alphading font), Woodcutter Army (army stencil), Woodcutter El Día De Todos Los Santos (Mexican dingbats), Woodcutter Summer Shadows, and the monster dingbat typeface Woodcutter El Dia del Juicio. Still in 2013, he designed Woodcutter Black Square, DaPunk, Woodcutter Pollita Alegre (a penis font), Woodcutter Hungry Pig, and Woodcutter Hand Light.
Typefaces from 2014: Hotel Oriental, Basic Trip, Popeye (scanbats), Viva la Fiesta (flag alphadings), Street Stencil, Supermarket, Ebola Font, Vintage Halloween, Motel Imperial, Clothes, The Second World War (army stencil), Tahs On A Rope, Penis (dingbats), Regular Show (dingbats), Parkinsonism, The 70 Greatest Directors of All Time (scanbats), Smartphone (alphadings), Dripping, Chaos in Wisconsin, Saturno, Gym (dingbats), Angie, Antique Book, Black Rodeo, Gutierrez+, Matias-Font, Viejo-Oeste, Woodcutter-Prison-Tattoo, old+sailor, Italian Revolution, Kid Nightmare, Anderson (rough stencil), Manero (scratchy script), Tecno-Chaos (dot matrix font), Neverland, Martian Font, Radical Block, Woodcutter Delicada, Bon Appetit, Termica, Kandinsky, Hotel Paradiso, Seven Arts, Street Icons, Militaria (dingbats), Undergramo (poster font), Woodcutter Avispa, Fuego Fatuo, Other Space, Electrica Sals, Woodcutter Dramatica, Cocinitas (cooking dingbats), Bad Mother Fucker, Quentin Tarantino (scanbats), El Extraño, Fine Disorder, Woodcutter BCN Style (dripping blood font), Woodcutter Virus, Efectiva, Mogambo (fat brush), Duck Tape, Warriors, Cutre Glam, Woodcutter Sutill Shadow, Woodcutter Future, Rage, Woodcutter Negative, Manolo, Vegetables, Woodcutter Storm (lightning texture), Woodcutter Rare Drawings, Rustic Heavy Metal, Grass, Virgin Mary (scanbats), Laurus Nobilis (wreaths), Mister Bambu, Woodcutter Barcode, Conquest, Multimedia Icons, Preschool, Cursors, Woodcutter Kaos, Woodcutter Lines, Ukraine (constructivist), Meccano, Woodcutter Simple Font, Crux (crucifixes), Dolores (3d), Eyes, MoneyMoneyMoney, Made in Spain 5, Barcelona Mon Amour, New Society (a 3d shadow face), Federico (a hand-printed shadow typeface), Aranea (spider dings), Fifth Avenue (art deco), Beware of Pitbull, Dictators (scanbats), Woodcutter Vintage Cartoon, The American (textured face), Woodcutter Mixed Icons, Apple Japanese Keyboard, Vintage Classics Disney, Carnage College (blood splatter font), Vintage Porn (scanbats), Woodcutter Fontana (textured caps), Woodcutter Mixed Icons, Woodcutter Jet Set, Woodcutter Gothic Drama (blackletter), Woodcutter Relieve, Mixed Icons Vol. 1, Woodcutter Electric, Woodcutter Cloth, Street Style (graffiti font), Gothic Punk, Human Body Parts, Dirty Harry, Woodcutter Fine Sketch, Woodcutter Invisible, Miley Cyrus (scanbats), Old Guard, Circus and Fair, Comic Cover, Woodcutter Gigantismo, Clockwork Orange (scanbats), The Walking Dead (scanbats).
Graphic designer from Barcelona who made the potato stamp typeface Geo Basic Fifteen (2013), in which all letters are crafted from fifteen basic geometric shapes.
Designer and art director in Barcelona. Behance link.
In 2012, Zozu designed the free alchemic typeface Nina.
Zyan Graphics (Barcelona) is the creator of the free display font family Niewe (2013).