The 'Homeless Fonts' custom type project
Last Monday 12th of June, Josema Urós from Type-Ø-Tones participated in the Barcelona Design Week, with the occasion of a workshop called Homeless Fonts—Fundació Arrels: “Typefaces that make us visible”
What is ‘Homeless Fonts’?
Homelessfonts is an Arrels Foundation initiative which consists of creating a collection of typefaces based on the handwriting of different homeless people from Barcelona, who agreed to participate in this initiative. The aim is to raise awareness on any potential user of these typefaces: graphic designers and brands. All the benefits of the licensing are used for helping the 1.400 people that are attended by the Foundation with accommodations, food, social and health care.
Some of the fonts were carefully digitized by Josema Urós, who has been collaborating with the Fundació Arrels for a while now, and the other day, at the workshop, he presented the working process.
Definition and objectives of the project
· Creation of a digital typeface based on a casual handwritten alphabet
· Generation of useful alphabets, but most expressive.
· Composition of a Basic Character Set based on the ASCII 256 (Western Latin/MacOs Roman), to be used for 120 languages.
1. Analogic creation of an alphabet
· Pangrams writing · Alphabetical lists A-Z, a-z, 0-9
· Diacritics sequence, punctuation and others
· Less common characters
2. Choosing samples and digitalization
· Selection of samples
· Optimization of the vectorial structure and adaptation of the shapes
· Adjustment of the spacing
· Creation of files suitable for the multiplatform environment.
3. Test and proofing
We will show you the project with some examples
Case 1: José María Erustes
1. Writing. Pangrams, alphabets and numbers from José María Erustes
1. Writing. Alphabets written with differents tools
1. Writing. Diacritics and different signs
2. Digitalization. Scanning in pixel format
2. Digitalization. Vectorial format. Tracing contours
2. Digitalization. Detail of the vectors
2. Digitalization. Preview
2. Digitalization. Full ASCII character set
3. Test and proofing. Samples of text set in paragraphs used to test spacing.
Custom type for the titles of the documentary ‘Barcelona. The Rose of Fire’.
This project was done in collaboration with Mariona Omedes from Nueve Ojos, produced by Media Pro and directed by Manuel Huerga. The documentary is a walk through the city of Barcelona in 3D, carried out in a single plane sequence. An immersive experience where the music, the three-dimensional sound and the narrator, a different one for each language, are protagonists too.
Here you can see the trailer.
The concept of the custom typeface is based on the answer to this question: “Which would be the typeface that best represents the city of Barcelona? That’s a difficult question because Barcelona doesn’t have such a strong and clear typographic identity. The idea came after watching some trailers of the 3D movie, where you can easily see that the streets of Barcelona have a main role. When observing the arquitectural details, and especially the street signs, there is not only one typeface but the geometrical condensed sans serif is dominant.
Logo for the redesigned Dutch newspaper 'Het Parool'
The art directors of Het Parool, John Koning and Floor Koop, requested some proposals for the masthead and logo for the redesigned newspaper, released the past 10th of February 2016. Our work was based on a clear briefing: ‘back to basics’ and design a logo with a strong and powerful identity. I presented different ideas, and final solution is based on a combination of the two typefaces that play a lead role in the new newspaper, Quarto (also the typeface for the headlines) and Tiempos. The new logo not only adorns the front page and the homepage, but is also visible in all expressions of Het Parool.If you want t read more about the redesign of the newspaper you can do it at the newspaper online or here (only in Dutch).
One of the first printed newspapers
The identity in twitter is shown as the isolated P