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Fadista typeface

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Bachelor thesis, self-initiated
Research
Visual Design
Typeface Design
Motion Design

Art Directors Club Bronze in the junior competition
DDC (Deutscher Designer Club) Award 2014 in the category “Future”

Fadista typeface
A typeface for 80 years in the making
Design of an experimental typeface, deeply inspired by Portuguese folk music and historical letterings from the 1920s. Research and systematization of the original artworks developed into an extensive reinterpretation. Numerous OpenType features allow customization of the overall look. The project includes the typeface, posters and a type specimen.
Bachelor thesis, self-initiated
Research
Visual Design
Typeface Design
Motion Design

Art Directors Club Bronze in the junior competition
DDC (Deutscher Designer Club) Award 2014 in the category “Future”

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.

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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.

Stylistic Sets

Contextual alternates

Kerneable Ligatures

Cap Height Diacritics

Decorative Ligatures

Multilanguage Support

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