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McGill University
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Alley Times

Ally Times is an on-line mag in Uruguay. At Dafont, we van download her hand-drawn typefaces May Handwrite (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Grossy

Uruguayan winner of an award at Tipos Latinos 2008 for her experimental typeface called H Continua (codesigned with Maria Laura Fernandez, Andrea Montedonico, Ruth Slomovitz). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Montedonico

Uruguayan winner of an award at Tipos Latinos 2008 for her experimental typeface called H Continua (codesigned with Andrea Grossy, Maria Laura Fernandez, Ruth Slomovitz). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cecilia Torres

Montevideo-based creator of an unnamed sans typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clara Rodriguez

A graduate of Universidad ORT, Clara Rodriguez (Montevideo, Uruguay) created the avant-garde typeface Regatta (2013) and the squarish sci-fi typeface Caliza (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diego Cataldo

Uruguayan type designer. Award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010 for his typeface Uruguay 1976 (with Sergio Rodríguez). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eduardo Bacigalupo

Uruguayan type designer (born in 1952 in Montevideo), one of the pioneers of Brazilian type, dabbling mainly in corporate type in Brazil, such as for Vasp (1985), Cia. Hering, Bardahl and Continental 2001. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eduardo Vargas

Industrial designer in Montevideo, Uruguay. Creator of Dr. No (2014), a typeface inspired by chairs designed by Philippe Stark. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Johnston

Born in Uruguay in 1872, he died in the UK in 1944. A medical doctor, he taught all his life at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London and at the Royal College of Art in London. From 1910 until 1930, he designed fonts for the Cranach-Presse in Weimar, which was owned by Count Harry Kessler.

In 1916, he makes a typeface for the London Underground (helped by Eric Gill). Johnston's London Transport type is reworked by Colin Banks in his New Johnston (1979). His fonts show a strong influence by Eric Gill: Hamlet-Type (1912-27, designed for a Shakespeare edition, Cranach Press, 1929), Imprint-Antiqua (with Gerard Meynell and J. H. Mason, 1913; +Imprint Shadow; digital forms exist at Monotype [Imprint MT], URW [Imprint URW, preferred over the MT version by some of my correspondents], SoftMaker [I771], and Bitstream [Dutch 766]), Johnston Sans Serif (1916).

A version of the London Underground typeface (1997) was digitized by P22 foundry. In 2007, P22 extended that typeface to a 21-style multilingual collection called P22 Underground Pro. At ITC, Dave Farey and Richard Dawson recreated a Johnston sans serif family with 3 weights, aptly called ITC Johnston. Nick Curtis created Underground NF in 1999. Many other designers aped Johnston's Underground as well. Hamlet, the almost-blackletter script, was revived by Manfred Klein and Petra Heidorn as HamletOrNot. In 2012, Greg Fleming published Railway Sans as a free open source font at OFL. It is based upon Johnston's original drawings and work started by Justin Howes just before his death.

Edward Johnston is a book published by Priscilla Johnston (London, 1959). Author of Writing&illuminating,&lettering (1917, J. Hogg, London; original done in 1906). Writing Illuminating Lettering at Amazon.

Scans of some lettering by him: illuminations (1917), modernized half uncial (1906), Calligraphy by Johnston. Digital fonts based on alphabets from the 1906 book include Edward's Uncial 1904 (2011, David Kettlewell).

Links: Linotype, FontShop, Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emiliano Martinez

Montevideo-based designer (b. 1986) of Hilda (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Estudio Maquinola

Based in Montevideo, this studio created a compass-and-ruler typeface in 2013 called Adela. It was created at MACA under the guidance of Gustavo Wojciechowski. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fábrica de tipos
[Vicente Lamónaca]

Uruguayan foundry, est. 2011, which also acts as an open forum and blog, on which active participation is welcomed. Their first fonts (which used to be at TipoType) are both by Vicente Lamónaca. They are

  • Chau FT. This family contains Chau Philomène (2010), Chau Trouville (2010), Chau Marbella (2010) and Chau La Madeleine (2010).
  • Económica FT (2007).
  • Mary Todd (2014). A condensed sans for short bursts of text.
  • Muzarela (2011. 50 styles of this squarish family).
Other fonts in progress: El Tano (2011, a delightful and funky didone experiment by Lamónaca). Rodolfo Fernández Alvarez (who is from Montevideo, Asunción and Málaga) developed EzquerraCursiva (2010), a brush and signage face, based on the work of anarchist painter and letterer Francisco Ezquerra, who was active in Uruguay from ca. 1950 until ca. 1970, after fleeing Spain before World war II.

View Vicente Lamonaca's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fabián Bicco

Fabián Bicco (Montevideo, Uruguay) is a designer and illustrator. He created the octagonal CBO (Central J. Batlle y Ordoñez) font in 2012.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Felipe Rodriguez

Montevideo-based designer who created 53 PNAV in 2012, the fattest font ever, together with Nicolas Branca. This typeface was chosen for the Type and identity of 53 Premio Nacional de Artes Visuales de Uruguay (Uruguayan national arts awards).

Carlos (2012) is a chiseled face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fermin Guerrero

Born in Carmelo, Colonia, Uruguay in 1983, and presently based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studies Visual Communication at the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design, this graphic designer created the counterless geometric face Circ (2011), and the triangulated experimental face VIGA (2011). Fermin has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design (2009). At his foundry, also called Fermin Guerrero, one can buy VIGA and MANIFESTA (2012, a De Stijl typeface).

For his Bachelors thesis at HEAD in Geneva, he created the typeface Genève (2014): In developing Genève I was inspired by the typeface used by French printer/editor/publisher Henri II Estienne in his famous book Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, published in Geneva in 1572. This typeface was brought to Geneva by Henri's father, Robert Estienne, who, before settling in Geneva and working as Calvin's printer, was the printer of France's King, François I. This typeface highly influenced the typographers and printers in Geneva at that time. Henri and Robert Estienne's work in Geneva helped it to become one of the most important cities in Europe for print and typography in the sixteenth century. Genève consists of four styles: Classique (humanist serif), Austère (geometric serif), Spontanée (humanist sans-serif) and Alternative (stencil, display version).

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fernanda Nuñez

This Montevideo-based type designer created the large x-height sans family Nuñez and the playful Churritos (2007). In 2014, she created the hand-drawn typeface La Paz (TipoType). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fernando Díaz
[TipoType]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fonts for Hope

Commercial foundry in Montevideo (Uruguay) where one can buy fonts by Vicente Lamónaca, César Puertas, Martín Sommaruga and Fernando Díaz, with at least 25% of the proceeds going to help South American people in need. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guillernina Oten

Based in Montevideo and born in 1989, Guillernina's first typeface is the hand-printed Nieve (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gustavo Wojciechowski

Uruguayan designer, aka Maca, of Yaugurú (2007, so condensed that the letters simulate barcodes). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Iael Brener

Montevideo-based but semi-Swiss designer (b. 1984) of Faux Tangram (2013). Free ai format download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ignacio Iturria

Well-known Uruguayan artist. In his honor, Sanfdrancisco Estudio (Montevideo) created the hand-printed Iturria typeface in 2013 based on the artist's hand. It also created the identity of the Fundacion Iturria. [Google] [More]  ⦿

José de los Santos Segú

Uruguayan graphic designer (b. 1974) who graduated from ORT Uruguay in 2006. Creator of Mixa (2006), an award winning unicase font, at the Biennal of Latin Letters in 2006. Mixa, which was based on the logotype of the rock group El Silencio, was published in 2007 at Intellecta Design.

See also here. Flickr link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Juan A. Odriozola

Uruguayan designer in Montevideo (b. San José del Mayo, 1978) of Flopi (2007, an organic sans), Haas (2011, sans family), Yo Soy Lucia (2010, a humanist sans), Urbana (2010, stencil face), Sansme (2011, monoline sans), and Potato Type (2011).

In 2013, he made the decomposable typeface Op.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan Arrillaga

Graphic and web designer in Montevideo. In 2012, he designed Figari Sans and Barreiro Serif. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenneth Giorgi

Freelance designer in Montevideo, who created the roundish Mush Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lautaro Hourcade

Uruguayan designer of the Google Web Font sans typeface Gafata (2012, TipoType). One can also get a free font at MyFonts called Recta Gafata (2013, TipoType). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Leandro

Uruguayan creator of the comic book face Manga Espanol (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lucia Chamorro

Musician and graphic designer in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2014, she created the thin sans typeface Childish Font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maquii Saravia

Uruguayan designer of Randall (2007, octagonal family made in memory of the guitarist Dimebag Darrell). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maria Laura Fernandez

Uruguayan winner of an award at Tipos Latinos 2008 for her experimental typeface called H Continua (codesigned with Andrea Grossy, Andrea Montedonico, Ruth Slomovitz). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martín Abud

Montevideo-based designer of the organic typeface Escrin. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martín Sommaruga

Uruguayan type designer. Since 2001, he has been teaching in Communication and Design at the ORT University in Uruguay. Award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010 for his humanist sans large x-height typeface family MVD Rambla. In 2011, he published the Rambla family at TipoType (+Rambla Alt Libro)---see also at MyFonts.

In 2013, he designed the humanistic sans family Amelia at TipoType.

At Tipos Latinos 2012, Martín Sommaruga won an award in the display type category for the didone typeface Rufina Regular.

In 2013, he designed Amelia Basic, a soft very humanistic sans typeface family.

At Google Web fonts, one can download free versions of Rufina and Rambla. Rufina was published at TipoType in 2014.

Marin&eacite; (2014) is an unstrict geometric sans published by TipoType.

Google Plus link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Montevideo JTG

At the Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo (Uruguay), we found a free font, Montevideo JTG (2002), inspired by the handwriting of Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia (2003). There was also a dingbat font, Montevideo JTG Symbol (2002). The original link died. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natalí Fernández Guldrís

Montevideo-based designer of Abece Serif (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pablo Corrado

Designer in Montevideo who created Dalton (2012), a semi-serifed typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

paldave

Uruguayan designer of Digit (2009), an LED face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rodolfo Fernández Alvarez

Rodolfo Fernández Alvarez (who is from Montevideo, Asunción and Málaga) developed EzquerraCursiva (2010), a brush and signage face, based on the work of anarchist painter and letterer Francisco Ezquerra, who was active in Uruguay from ca. 1950 until ca. 1970, after fleeing Spain before World war II. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ruth Slomovitz

Uruguayan winner of an award at Tipos Latinos 2008 for her experimental typeface called H Continua (codesigned with Andrea Grossy, Andrea Montedonico, Maria Laura Fernandez). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastián Salazar

Uruguayan type designer. Award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010 for his early Baroque text face Sedán, which was published by TipoType in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastian Mantel

Montevideo-based creator of a typographic poster entitled John Lennon (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sergio Rodríguez

Uruguayan type designer. Award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010 for his typeface Uruguay 1976 (with Diego Cataldo). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sofia Cardozo

Montevideo-based designer of the organic sans typeface La Vuelta (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sofia Oliveros

Graphic designer in Maldonado, Uruguay. Creator of a mini-serifed display typeface called Sophie (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Soledad Balarini

During her studies in Montevideo, Soledad Balarini designed the connected script typeface La Linea. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Soledad Lorieto

Montevideo-based designer of a beautiful ink splatter typeface in 2012.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipografía--Montevideo

Uruguayan type jump page. It has a blog, a schedule of local type events, and a group of type designers who present their creations. These include

  • Fernanda Nuñez: Churritos (2007).
  • Vicente Lamónaca: Económica Sans Serif (2007).
  • Martín Abud: Escrin (2006, an organic sans).
  • Juan A. Odriozola: Flopi (2007, an organic sans).
  • José de los Santos: Mixa (2006, based on the logotype of the rock group El Silencio).
  • Fernando Díaz: Quadratta Serif (2007). See also here.
  • Maquii Saravia: Randall (2007, octagonal family made in memory of the guitarist Dimebag Darrell).
  • Gustavo Wojciechowski, aka Maca: Yaugurú (2007), so condensed that the letters simulate barcodes.
[Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipos Latinos 2010

The Fourth Bienal de la Tipografía Latinoamericana comprised a type competition, Tipos Latinos 2010. The jury consisted of Paco Calles (Mexico), José de los Santos (Uruguay), Juan Heilborn (Paraguay), Fabio López (Brazil), César Puertas (Colombia), Hugo Rivera Scott (Chile) and Marcela Romero (Argentina). The awards have in each category, if applicable, a first prize (certificado de excelencia, CdE below) as well as regular awards:

  • Type families:
    • CdE: Isac Correa Rodrigues (for Monarcha), Raúl Plancarte (for Kukulkan), Cristóbal Henestrosa (for Espinosa Nova).
    • Ordinary: Johnatan Cuervo (for Corvus), Eduardo Manso (for Geogrotesque, and for Sunday Times Modern), Veronika Burian and José Scaglione (for Adelle and for Karmina Sans), Alejandro Lo Celso (for Perec), Fernando Mello and Jason Smith (for FS Jack), Ramiro Espinoza (for Lavigne Display and Lavigne Texto), Raúl Plancarte (for Sedna), Fernando Caro (for Arauto), Juan Pablo del Peral (for Kalidoscopio).
  • Text faces (ordinary awards only): Ana Paula de Bragança Megda and Pablo Ugerman (for Voces), Juan Montoreano (for Kalu), Sol Matas and Juan Pablo del Peral (for Parque Chas), Carlos Zinno (for Latinité Roman), Horacio Mella (for Fedora Regular), Martín Sommaruga (for MVD Rambla), Viviana Monsalve and Gustavo J. Ibarra (for Enriqueta Book), Diana Edith Domínguez Ruiz (for Kafka Regular), Sebastián Salazar (for Sedán), Fernando de Moraes Caro (for Petra), Miguel Reyes Cabrera (for Sancho Regular), Rodrigo López Fuentes (for Amaranta Regular).
  • Script / signage faces:
    • CdE: Alejandro Paul (for Brownstone), Oscar Yáñez (for Carlota).
    • Ordinary awards: Carlos Fabián Camargo Guerrero (for Modelia Black), Ramiro Espinoza (for Tomate), Darío Muhafara and Eduardo Tunni (for Lassi Display), Julio Palacio (for Todo Todo), Alejandro Paul (for Semilla, Kewl Script, Calgary Script, and for Business Penmanship), Pedrina Reis (for Boneca de Pano), Diego Negrete (for Picacho), Alejandro Valdéz Sanabria (for López), Leonidas Loyola Valenzuela (for Elolinea), Eduardo Tunni (for Changa), Mariana Pariani and Eduardo Tunni (for Club Universo), John Moore (for Victorina and for Radio Time), Marconi Gomes Lima (for Adriane Lux), Macarena Budín Acevedo (for Juanita la envidiosa), Miguel Reyes Cabrera (for Plastilina), Eli Castellanos Chávez (for Barrilito), Daniel Hernández (for Pincoya Black), Ricardo Esteves Gomes (for Force), Gabriel Martínez Meave (for Tlatoani Sans), Alejandro Lo Celso (for Margarita).
  • Experimental typefaces:
    • CdE: Rodrigo Fuenzalida (for Khubo), Manuel Guerrero (for Optica).
    • Ordinary awards: Diego Sanz Salas (for Quincha), Rodrigo Valenzuela (for Maipo Regular), Rodrigo Fuenzalida (for Isosibilia), Luis Bolaños (for Chacana Regular), José Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl (for Zoomanic), César Rodríguez (for Masiva), Manuel Guerrero (for MiniBlock), Edgar Alejandro Reyes Ramírez (for Ps Pronts OS29).
  • Screen / pixel faces (ordinary awards only): Roberto Robles Quiroz (for Verpix), Mauricio Vital (for Coqueta), Elí Castellanos Chávez (for Lucecita Maniac), Jorge Iván Moreno Majul (for Wixarika).
  • Miscellaneous: Diego Cataldo and Sergio Rodríguez (for Uruguay 1976), Víctor García (for Garcia Toons), José Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl (for Cubomatics Icons), Rodrigo Araya Salas (for Globeface).
  • Designs that use Latin-American typefaces: Several awards were given.
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Tipos Latinos Uruguay

Tipos Latinos Uruguay as of 2010: Felicia de Azevedo, José de los Santos, Diego Carnales, Alejandro di Candia, Vicente Lamónaca y Gustavo Wojciechowski. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TipoType
[Fernando Díaz]

Tipotype is a foundry, est. 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay, by Fernando Díaz, b. Montevideo, 1988. Since 2007, he teaches typography at ORT University. He is a founding member of Sociedad Tipografica de Montevideo (Montevideo's Typographic Society). TipoType is an international project, collective and autonomous for distribution of typefaces by typographers.

Fonts include Quiroga Serif (2009, Fernando Díaz), Muzarela (2011, a 50-style squarish family), Chau Philomène (2010), Chau Trouville (2010), Chau Marbella (2010) and Chau La Madeleine (2010) [all Chau fonts were done by Vicente Lamónaca] and Economica (2007, Vicente Lamónaca).

Fernando Díaz created Quadratta Serif (2007, a slab serif done at Intellecta Design). This face won in the best text category at Tipos Latinos 2008. It was renamed Quiroga Serif in 2014 and published at TipoType.

Sedan (2012, Sebastian Salazar, TipoType) is a delicate early baroque typeface family with tall ascenders, and the elegance of a garalde.

Other faces by Díaz include Logomotion (2012), Fénix (2009-2010, a free soft wedge-serifed face not to be confused with Fenix by Frantisek Storm; free at Google Web Fonts), Helena (2011) and Libertad (2008-2010, sans).

Melina is a 16-style house font that borrows from letters from scripts.

Klingspor link. Fernando's own page. MyFonts link. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Vicente Lamónaca
[Fábrica de tipos]

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Vicente Lamónaca

This Montevideo-based designer (b. 1967, Mexico City) has a Degree in Graphic Design from the University ORT Uruguay. He lives in Montevideo since 1985. Since 2000, he teaches in the area of publishing in the Faculty of Communication and Design at University ORT in Montevideo, in the Faculty of Communication and Design. Since 2005 he is also teaching Typography II. He is a partner of the design studio Taller de Comunicación. Economica is said to be the first digital typeface made in Uruguay. He is Director of Tipografia-Montevideo, Uruguay's first site dedicated entirely to typography. In 2011, he started his own blog, type portal and foundry, called Fábrica de tipos. Many of his recent typefaces are published with TipoType/a>.

He created the experimental faces Quetzal and Equis Normal. He also made Chau Trouville (2010, a slab serif), Chau Philomène (2010, Google Web Fonts), Chau La Madeleine (2010, slightly elliptical), and Chau Marbella.

Other typefaces: Muzarela (2011), Económica Sans Serif (2007, see also MyFonts or Google Web Fonts), Wurz and Wurz Display (2013), St Patrick (2013, TipoType---the oblique version of San Benito), Korn (2013, grunge), Arya (2013, a solid, bilined or trilined all caps sans family, Tipotype), Tipotype), Prevya (2013, inspired by the metalwork of the early twentieth century), Yapa (2013, a display titling face followed by Yapa Rough in 2014), and San Benito (2012, bold blackletter style).

Editor of TipografĂ­a Latnoamericana (2013, Wolkowicz Publishers), a book with contributions by Zalma Jalluf, Ewan Clayton, Julio Ferro, Eduardo Rodríguez Tunni, Fernando Díaz, Lautaro Hourcade, Viviana Monsalve, Patricia Benítez, Fabio Ares, María Laura Fernández, Miguel Catopodis, Alejandro Valdez, Juan Heilborn, César Puertas, Ignacio Martínez-Villalba, Felipe Cáceres, Francisco Calles, Crist&ocute;bal Henestrosa, María Teresa Bruno, Juan Pablo del Peral, Fábio Lopez, Fábio Haag, Tony de Marco, Francisco Gálvez, Marcela Romero, Aldo de Losa, Henrique Nardi, Gustavo Wojciechowski, Marina Chaccur, Juan Carlos Darias, Víctor García, Marina Garone Gravier, Juan Pablo de Gregorio, Cláudio Rocha, Cecilia Consolo, Pablo Cosgaya, Alejandro Paul, Rubén Fontana, Diego Vainesman, Oscar Yáñez, Dave Crossland.

Bio. Google Plus link. Klingspor link.

View Vicente Lamonaca's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿