[Elí Castellanos Chávez]
A 2004 graduate of Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi. As a student at CEAD in Mexico, Elí Castellanos Chávez (b. 1980) is the director of Cocijotype, a foundry located in Oaxaca. He taught editorial design and typography in Loma Bonita, Mexico. Cocijotype was earlier called Sexytype. He won the Gold prize at the Morisawa Type Design Competition in 2014. He works as a Font Developer at studio Dalton Maag in London.
- Koch's Neuland inspired Elí to create Barrilito (2009). This anthroposophic typeface won an award at Tipos Latinos 2010 in the script category.
- Barricada (2008, Sudtipos) is a fat rounded signage typeface that was awarded in the Tipos Latinos 2008 competition in the non-text category.
- Lucecita (2009) is a dot matrix LED font. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2010 in the screen typeface category.
- Barronegro (2009) is a text family on which he has been working between 2006 and 2009. Barronegro is based on the cultural heritage of Oaxaca, as found on local posters, menus, shops, clothing, and art.
- Miniblock (2009, by Manuel Guerrero) is created to stack letters next to each other to look like labyrinths. It won an award in the Tipos Latinos 2008 competition for best text family.
- Optica (2008, Manolo Guerrero) is a tribute to Colombian artist Omar Rayo's optical art.
- Block02 (2009, Manolo Guerrero) is a FontStruct font that is part pixelized, part stencil.
- Optica (2008, Manolo G) is an optical experiment.
- Chicha (2012, Diego Sanz) is based on Peruvian market signs.
- Quincha (2009, Diego Sanz) is the quechua word for stone wall. Letters can be packed together in a way that reminds one of ancient Inca art.
- Casiopea (2010) is a corporate or signage type family that comes in six weights including Bold and Thin.
- Zipolite (2011). A mix of grotesk and humanist. See also Zipolite Rounded (2013). Zipolite won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.
- Hola is a text typeface that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014. In addition, it won the Gold Prize in the Latin category at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014.
- Calmetta (2017). Designed at Dalton Maag as an extension of Dalton Maag's wayfinding font Pantograph originally created by Marc Weymann.
- Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp (together with Eloise Parrack) on a revival project summarized as follows: In November 2017 an international cohort on the Expert Class in Type Design, based in the UNESCO world heritage site of the Museum Plantin-Moretus, embarked upon a collaborative project to research and revive a Renaissance-era typeface of the Flemish punchcutter Hendrik van den Keere from the collection of Christophe Plantin. Comparing Van den Keere's well-known Real Romain (1575) and Ascendonica Romain (1577) with his Small Pica Roman (1578), and investigating the patterning, proportions, and details, our research led to the design of a revival using Small Pica Roman at 9-point Didot size as a departure. Evaluations of the approaches of working in metal and standardization in type design at different optical sizes were considered, and were contrasted to methods and tools of digital typeface design today. The unique and rich historic archive of punches, matrices, and printed materials provided an exciting basis for our research, leading to some surprising discoveries counter to our expectations and to accepted theories found in many typography and type design texts. This project provoked a wide range of interpretations, approaches, and opinions about how to create a contemporary usable digital typeface, whilst honouring and imagining the intentions of Van den Keere five centuries past.
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Type design in Mexico ⦿
Type designers ⦿
Type designers ⦿
Commercial fonts (small outfits) ⦿
Pixel/bitmap fonts ⦿
FontStruct fonts ⦿
Very thin (hairline sans) typefaces ⦿
Signage typefaces ⦿
Labyrinthine fonts ⦿
LED / LCD fonts ⦿
Op-art Typefaces ⦿
Anthroposophy and type design ⦿
Type design in the United Kingdom ⦿