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Uruguayan type design

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Alejandra Lamenza

During her studies at Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Alejandra Lamenza designed the jazzy display typeface Swingtronica (2016) and the poster typeface Alquimia (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alejandro Salvo Scaltritti

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the sturdy display typeface Paulista (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Ana Paula Massa

During her studies, Montevideo, Uruguay-based Ana Paula Massa designed the display typeface Glupp (2017). [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]  ⦿

Atolon de Mororoa

Graphic design studio based in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2016, they designed the free dot matrix typeface Montevideo, and published it at Citype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benderski Design
[Gabriel Benderski]

Gabriel Amijai Benderski Perez (b. 1988) is a designer based in Montevideo, Uruguay. He received a BA from ORT University, and creates typographically relevant posters and logos. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bryan Rodriguez

Graphic designer based in Uruguay. In 2021, Daniel Ibanez, Bryan Rodriguez and Valentina Garcia co-designed the display typeface Morquio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camila Basso Rubbo

Born in Montevideo. After working as a designer at the Peluffo Giguens Foundation in 2016, she worked in 2018 as head of graphic communication at the Sodre National Auditorium. During her studies at ORT in Montevideo, Camila Basso Rubbo designed the condensed movie credit font family Cinematica (2018). [Google] [MyFonts] [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]  ⦿

Cristian Serron

Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones, Uruguay-based designer of the free left-leaning experimental typeface Distorsion Milenia (2020), which was done for a school project at Escuela Carne. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damian Rodriguez

During his studies at Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay, Damian Rodriguez designed the display typeface Siri (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Ibanez

Graphic designer based in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2021, Daniel Ibanez, Bryan Rodriguez and Valentina Garcia co-designed the display typeface Morquio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Suarez

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the cutout typeface AiIsadora (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diego Cataldo

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

Diego Galvez

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the display typefaces Avocado (2011), Contraste (2011) and Montevideo (2007). Behance link. [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 made a typeface for the London Underground (helped by Eric Gill). Johnston's London Transport type was reworked by Colin Banks in his New Johnston (1979), and again in 2016 by Malou Verlomme at Monotype, on commission for Transport For London (TfL), as Johnston100. Edward Johnston's fonts show a strong influence by Eric Gill.

Hamlet-Type (1912-27, designed for a Shakespeare edition, Cranach Press, 1929) was also called Kessler-Blackletter. It was designed by Edward Johnston and cut in three sizes (10, 12 and 18 pt) by Edward Prince for William Shakespeare's Hamlet (published by Harry Kessler's Cranach Press in Weimar in 1929). The type is based on the Durandus for the lowercases, and Sweynheim & Pannartz's Subiaco type for the capitals. For a digital revival, see Hamlet Tertia 18 and Hamlet Cicero 12 by Alexis Faudot and Rafael Ribas which was developed at a workshop in Weimar in 2018. Hamlet was revived by Manfred Klein and Petra Heidorn as HamletOrNot.

Johnston designed Imprint-Antiqua with Gerard Meynell and J. H. Mason in 1913. It includes Imprint Shadow. Digital descendants 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 was done in 1916.

A version of the London Underground typeface (1997, by Richard Kegler) was digitized by P22. In 2007, Paul D. Hunt 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. Jordan Davies called his revivals London Medium (2017) and London Heavy (2017). Many other designers aped Johnston's Underground as well. 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. In 2021, P22 added italics to P22 Underground Pro and now covers Latin, Cyrillic and Greek---help with this newest version came from Housestyle Graphics (Dave Farey; for the italics), James Todd, and Patrick Griffin (final mastering).

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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Eliana Lemos

During her studies at FADU / UDELAR (Universidad de la Republica) in Montevideo, Uruguay, Eliana Lemos designed a fat display typeface (2017). [Google] [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

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]  ⦿

Federico David

Graphic designer in Montevideo, Uruguay. Creator of the chubby rounded sans typeface Contenta (2015) for a school project at a local university. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Federico Montaldo

As a student in Montevideo, Uruguay, Federico Montaldo created the straight-edged typeface Vasir (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Federico Rossi

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the modular logotype or display typeface Babo (2017). [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). In 2010, he made the dot matrix typeface Minima.

Carlos (2012) is a chiseled face. In 2016, he designed the sans typeface Elemental. Behance link. Newer Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fermin Guerrero

Born in Carmelo, Colonia, Uruguay in 1983, then based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied Visual Communication at the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design, and now back in Montevideo, Uruguay, this graphic designer created the counterless geometric typeface Circ (2011), and the triangulated experimental typeface 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).

Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2015. His graduation typeface was Exentra which was was conceived for publications promoting forward-thinking through a contemporary and experimental vision of modern culture and trends. It supports Latin, Gurmukhi and Greek. In addition, Fermin added the fat face didone / gothic mixture mixture font Black Display for applications in fashion, and the super-angular and scary Franky as sub-styles of Exentra.

In 2017, he published Thesaurus, the renaming and outgrowth of Genève, at Typotheque. Thesaurus Display Italic followed in 2018. Well-deserved winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a grand prize.

In 2019, he designed Brick Pro (Display, Text) for Colophon, which explains: Brick's foundations lie in the signage of three prominent pubs in London's East End, The Jolly Butchers (Brick Lane---now closed), The Royal Oak (Columbia Road), and The Prince Albert (Acton Street). Referencing their Art Deco traits, with a trace of Art Nouveau heritage, Brick is Fermín Guerrero’s re-interpretation and continuation of the vernaculars elegant gestures, brought into the 21st century. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fernanda Nuñez

Graduate of ORT in Montevideo, who now teachas digital design at the same university. She designed these typefaces:

  • The large x-height sans family Nuñez.
  • The playful Churritos (2007).
  • The hand-drawn typeface La Paz (2014, TipoType, and later Underground).
  • The poster typeface Carmencita (2015, TipoType, and later Underground).
  • The script typeface Salinas (2017, TipoType)
  • The calligraphic typeface Luisa and Luisa Inline (2018, TipoType).
[Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fernando Díaz

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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]  ⦿

Gabriel Benderski
[Benderski Design]

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Guido Iafigliola

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the free op-art typeface Reverb (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guillermo Elutchanz

During his studies in Montevideo, Guillermo Elutchanz created the angular text typeface Vilamajo (2014). [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 Corbo

Montevideo-based codesigner, with Fernando Diaz at TipoType, of the part-humanist part-geometric 32-style mega-sans typeface family Brother 1816, designed in 2016, to celebrate 200 years since the first appearance of a sans typeface. It has normal and printed (weathered) subfamilies. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Brother 1816. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ignacio Iturria

Well-known Uruguayan artist. In his honor, Sanfrancisco 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]  ⦿

Imprenta de la Caridad

A printing and publishing house in Montevideo, Uruguay, that produced the first specimen book in that country, Muestras de Caracteres de Latras Geroglificos y Guarniciones que existen en la Imprenta de la Caridad (Montevideo, 1838). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jami Fadua

As a student at Universita de la Republica, Jami Fadua (Montevideo, Uruguay) designed the semi-outline display typeface Rügen (2016). [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]  ⦿

José Perdomo

Codesigner with Vicente Lamonaca of Economica Next (2016: TipoType, and later Underground), which is a redesign and expansion of Vicente Lamonaca's Economica (2007). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Juan A. Odriozola

Uruguayan designer in Montevideo (b. San José del Mayo, 1978) of Flopi (2007, an organic sans), Haas and Haas New (2011, sans family created by altering Helvetica according to personal taste), 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. Another 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 and Underground). One can also get a free font at MyFonts called Recta Gafata (2013, TipoType). Google Plus link. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Uruguayan creator of the comic book typeface 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]  ⦿

Lucia Legelen

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the curly Victorian typeface Migra (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lucia Ronderos

Aka Lu Ronderos. Lucia is a visual communication designer who studied at the National University of La Plata. During 2015-2017, she was part of the first Masters in Typography cohort at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2016, Micaela Novarini and Lucia Ronderos designed the Nordic style display typeface family Agatha (TipoType and Underground). This typeface comes in Regular, Outline and Blossom (floral, textured) styles.

In 2018, she published Elisetta at Sudtipos. This type family of 6 fonts was specially crafted to write, edit and compose music sheets, lyrics, texts and notes. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Elisetta.

In 2019, she published Frambuesa at Sudtipos. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Malena Guevgeozian

During her graphic design studies in Montevideo, Malena Guevgeozian created the sans typeface Canterville (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuel Serra

Graphic designer in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2017, he published the curly condensed (and blackboard bold) typeface Fragua, which takes inspiration from the ironwork seen in the old center of Montevideo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maquii Saravia

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

Marcel Gonzalez Patroni

Canelones, Uruguay-based designer of the typeface Suprematica (2015), which is roote in the suprematist movement, and in particular in the work of Liubov Popova. This typeface was done as part of a school project at LDCV. Behance link. [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 humanist sans family Amelia at TipoType and Underground. He added Amelia Rounded in 2015. Amelia won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.

At Tipos Latinos 2012, Martín Sommaruga won an award in the display type category for the didone typeface family Rufina Regular. Rufina Ornaments followed in 2015.

In 2013, he designed Amelia Basic, a soft very humanist 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; see also Marin&eacite; STD) is an unstrict geometric sans published by TipoType. It was followed in 2017 by Mariné Rounded.

In 2016, he designed Rufina Stencil.

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

Mathias Gamarra

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the cable channel-themed Zapping Font (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matias Reyes

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer and illustrator, who created Redrum (2016), an angular typeface influenced by Stanley Kubrick's movies. It was developed during his studies at FARQ (Udelar). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mauricio Castro

During his studies at Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay, Mauricio Castro designed the wall painting font Moai (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Micaela Novarini

In 2016, Micaela Novarini and Lucia Ronderos designed the Nordic style display typeface family Agatha (TipoType and Underground). This typeface comes in Regular, Outline and Blossom (floral, textured) styles. [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]  ⦿

Nadia Florio

During her studies, Nadia Florio (San José de Mayo, Uruguay) designed the typeface Amalie Rohe (2015, named after Mies Van Der Rohe). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natalia Vilanova

Montevideo-based Natalia Vilanova designed the titling typeface Berlina in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natalí Fernández Guldrís

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

Nicole Ananikian

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of a squarish modular display typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pablo Corrado

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


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

Pansa Studio
[Trini Testi]

Pansa Studio is a brand, design and animation studio in Stockholm, which was founded in 2013 in Verona, Italy, by Rodrigo Nasta (b. 1986, Montevideo, Uruguay), and Trini Testi (b. 1990, Rome). In 2013, Trini Testi designed the elegant tall-legged, almost Peignotian, typeface Funkadeli. Trini has an MA in graphic design from IED. Behance link for Pansa Studio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pedro Corso

Montevideo, Uriguay-based designer of the weathered typeface family Dafunk (2014), which was developed dring his studies at ORT. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pollo Perdomo

During his studies in Montevideo, Pollo Perdomo (Montevideo, Uruguay) designed the blackletter typeface Minimum (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rensso Soberal

During his studies in Montevideo, Uruguay, Rensso Soberal designed the deco poster typeface Denssa (2016). [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]  ⦿

Romina Cohen

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the handcrafted typeface Babka (2017). [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]  ⦿

Santiago Uribe

During his studies at FADU / UBA in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Uruguay-based Santiago Uribe created Vivienda Sans (2016) and Monobloq (2016, monoline monospaced basic sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastián Salazar

Uruguayan type designer. Award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010 for his early Baroque text typeface Sedán, which was published by TipoType in 2012. In 2009, he published the free typeface Transitoria at TipoType. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastian Lambert

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of Quebracho (2015). [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]  ⦿

Tatiana Condo

Uruguayan designer of the rounded typeface Hinata (2015), which was part of a school project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tatiana Varela

Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of the children's book typeface Hola (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿


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 typefaces (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 typefaces:
    • 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 typefaces (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]  ⦿

[Fernando Díaz]

Tipotype is a foundry, est. 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay, by Fernando Díaz, b. Montevideo, 1988 (together with Martin Sommaruga and Vicente Lamonaca). 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; see Economica Cyrillic Pro in 2016, done with Sergiy Tkachenko).

Fernando Díaz created Quadratta Serif (2007, a slab serif done at Intellecta Design). This typeface 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 typefaces by Díaz include Logomotion (2012), Fénix (2009-2010, a free soft wedge-serifed typeface not to be confused with Fenix by Frantisek Storm; free at Google Web Fonts), Helena (2011), Libertad (2008-2010, sans) and Libertad Office (2015). Libertad won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.

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

In 2014, TipoType published the handwriting font La Paz.

In 2015, Fernando Diaz published the 18-style semi-techno sans typeface family Trasandina. This text typeface won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.

Codesigner, with Ignacio Corbo at TipoType, of the part-humanist part-geometric mega-sans typeface family Brother 1816, designed in 2016, to celebrate 200 years since the first appearance of a sans typeface. It has normal and printed (weathered) subfamilies. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award. We also find Brother XL and Brother XS in 2019.

The TipoType team published the 24-variant sans typeface family Fieldwork in 2018. It contains Hum (for humanist) and Geo (for geometric) subfamilies. Extraordinarily versatile and appropriate for information design applications, this family is called geohumanist by its creators.

Typefaces from 2020: Mundial (a 14-style geometric sans), Rotunda (advertized as a modern rational grotesque, and a blend of humanist, grotesque and geometric).

Typefaces from 2021: Fisterra (a flared all caps display serif), Rustica (an 18-style humanist sans. with two variable fonts).

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


Montevideo, Uruguay-based designer of Istometric (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Trini Testi
[Pansa Studio]

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This seems to be a new Uruguayan type foundry that split off from TipoType late in 2018 or early in 2019. It carries typefaces by Raul Israel, Vicente Lamonaca, Micaela Novarini, Fernanda Nunez, José Perdomo, Lucia Ronderos, Martin Sommaruga, and Sergiy Tkachenko. As of January 2019, their typefaces were: Agatha, Amelia, Amelia Rounded, Aromo, Arazati, Carmencita, Cavita, Arya Rounded, Economica Cyrillic Pro, Economica Next, Economica Pro, Cavita Rounded, Cinematica, Gafata, Garrigos, La Paz, Tejuela. View Underground's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Valentina Garcia Aiello

Graphic designer based in Canelones, Uruguay. In 2021, Daniel Ibanez, Bryan Rodriguez and Valentina Garcia co-designed the display typeface Morquio. [Google] [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. Lamonaca 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.

Lamonaca created the experimental typefaces 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), Economica Cyrillic Pro (2016, with Sergiy Tkachenko), Economica Next (2017, with José Perdomo), 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; extended in 2017 to Arya Rounded), Prevya (2013, inspired by the metalwork of the early twentieth century), Yapa (2013, a display titling typeface followed by Yapa Rough in 2014), and San Benito (2012, bold blackletter style).

Editor of Tipografía 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.

In 2017, Tipotype published Vicente Lamoncaca's 48-font family Arazati which was inspired by Edward Johnston's (humanistic sans) typefaces, although its design is not based on a literal reconstruction. Two monospaced variants called Arazati Codex are free. Arazati is the name of the place in Uruguay where Johnston was born in 1872. Arazati moved over to Underground in 2019.

In 2018, he published the exclusive angular text typeface Alacena---only 220 licenses will be sold.

Bio. Google Plus link. Klingspor link.

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