Kimera Type (was: Diseño Kimera)
[Gabriel Martinez Meave]
Kimera Type (was: Diseño Kimera) is a commercial Mexican design firm founded in 1994 by Gabriel Martinez Meave (b. Mexico City, 1972), who is by far Mexico's most prolific and talented type designer. The only freebie is Presidencia at the Mexican Government site.
Meave.org deals with illustrations and other occult arts. Behance link. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City. Interview. Some of his early typefaces were published at Tiypo. Diseño Kimera has made numerous custom fonts for Mexican clients. His typefaces:
- Arcana (2000, +Manuscript) won an award at Bukvaraz in 2001. The script font Arcana was traced out with a pointed metal quill and then digitized to give it a thoroughly 19th century look. It won an award at TDC 2000.
- In 2006, he made the powerful serif typeface Artifex.
- Aztlan (1998) is a fun artsy slab serif.
- Basilica (1999, +Rotunda) is an extra-condensed experimental font based on a modern high-contrast design. Award winner at TDC2.
- Comanda (handwritten).
- Darka (2005) is a roman blackletter face. This typeface won an award at TDC2 2006.
- Economista is a text typeface created for the Mexican business newspaper El Economista.
- Ferra Sabs, commisioned by the department stores El Palacio de Hierro.
- Fulgora. Inspired by late-medieval Basarda and Civilité blackletter styles, the Kannada and Sinhala writing systems from Southern India, Celtic uncials, and diverse vernacular Mexican scripts, it includes a Black and a Negra style. Released by Sudtipos in 2019.
- Indio (handwriting). Commissioned for a beer ad.
- Integra: a contemporary roman sans family. It was republished by Sudtipos in 2019.
- Jumex Sans (2012). Custom font for a fruit juice advertising campaign.
- For Lagarto (2001) is based on the hand of Luis Lagarto, a colonial illuminator and scribe, working in Mexico City and Puebla in the late 1500s. It won an award at Bukvaraz 2011 and an Award of Excellence at the Type Directors Club of New York annual competition.
- Liverpool Sans (2015). A corporate avant garde sans family of fonts for Liverpool, a Mexican chain of department stores.
- Mexica (1996) is a large octagonal font family created to set text in náhuatl, the tongue of the Aztecs, but also the lingua franca of ancient Mexico. Mexica received an Award of Excellence at the Type Directors Club of New York annual competition. It was republished by Sudtipos in 2019.
- Mystix is a rune font based on a secret alphabet for a Delaware Punch promotional program.
- Neocodex (1996) is an organic family.
- At Adobe he designed Organica (2000), a display semiserif. That typeface family was republished in 2021 by Sudtipos as Organica Pro.
- Pearson Calligraphic (1999).
- Presidencia (2008, free at the Mexican Government site) won an award at TDC2 2008 and at Tipos Latinos 2008 (for extensive text family). He writes about Presidencia Sans: Inspired by Toltec and Aztec architecture, the letterforms of Presidencia follow a humanist sans-serif scheme that combines Mexican character with Latin structure. This grand family was commissioned by the Mexican Federal Government, to suit its new identity program, impeccably designed by Mexican firm Ideograma. The type family comprises twenty variants, to cover a full spectrum of possibilities, from official documents to corporate signage, billboards and nation-wide campaigns in all media.
- Puuc, according to Meave, was inspired by the Mayan puuc style of modular architecture.
- Rondana (2002) is a rounded character family in the style of VAG Round. It was republished by Sudtipos in 2019, which writes that Rondana is a typographic tribute to the retro-futuristic aesthetics of the 1960s and 70s, as well as an exercise in purity of line.
- Sol and Solida. Sol was made for a beer ad.
- In 2011, he created the Telcel Sans family, which was commissioned by Mexico's main telecommunications company for use in corporate communication, advertising and printed matter, as well as billboards, television and many other visual media. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012.
- Tlatoani Sans won an award at Tipos Latinos 2010.
- Wordless Script (2019, at Sudtipos). A penmanship script with weathered outlines. Sudtipos writes: Wordless Script is the font of choice for writing those things that go beyond words. Based on the connected-scripts of the late 18th-century England, this typeface preserves the irregular finish and stroke gestures of the pointed nib. It is, so to speak, a personal rendition of the English roundhand as originally executed with the bird's quill. Imbued with a rococo, neoclassic, romantic spirit, Wordless Script radiates the gallantry of a time when the celebrated douceur de vivre that Talleyrand was so fond of was still alive and well; echoes of which still haunt us in our eclectic 21st-century, that now has once again come to appreciate again these magnificent styles of old. Wordless Script [...] is meant to be read with the eyes only or to be whispered into someone's ear.
Klingspor link. Behance link. Old Kimera type link.
Kimera Type (was: Diseño Kimera)
Klingspor Museum page
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