How to start?
The original artworks for Fadista were rare hand letterings by the Portuguese artist Stuart Carvalhais (1887–1961), used in folklore sheet music covers.
To get a feel for the aesthetics, meant analyzing a significant number of these letterings. From there, each glyph was extracted and indexed, revealing common features and irregularities – points of reference for the typeface design.
Overall character of Fadista
The typeface design weighs its clean presence against playful and quirky details. Fadista encourages graphical exploration through numerous possible combinations of styles. The dominant but nuanced characteristics make it perfect for use in headings and iconic visuals.
A rather eccentric type
Core elements of Fadista are stylistic variability and contextual behaviors. A defined range of glyphs is affected by user choice, enabling a controlled selection of the type of contrast entwined in the general look of the typeface. Other features include alternates for specific glyph combinations, ligatures that allow tracking and diacritics that flow within cap height.