Carmen Maria family were born during the five weeks of Type@Paris, and receives his name as a tribute to my wife (the original Carmen Maria), who accompanied me on this adventure. This type family is based on carolingian calligraphy, traced, redrawn and developed finally in a humanistic serif font family with a calligraphic flavour. I invite you to look that at the axis, terminals and ductus but with a contemporary features as a moderated height on the ascendents and descendants.
The result are two typefaces, designed for publications about the history of typography on the modern times. They complement each other. Regular, nicely balanced and historically inspired, works perfectly on text.The second, a regular variant with high-contrast (thanks to the advice of Jean François Porchez), perfect for fancy headlines and display.
The idea for the future of this font family is to complete the bold and italic of the both variants for be completely useful for editorial use.
Thanks to Jean François Porchez, Malou Verlomme, Mathieu Réguer and Julien Priez and the guest critics for their guidance and advice during this great experience.
The 6-week type design programme that you’ve been waiting for starts on 6 June and ends 13 July 2023.
Our summer programme is in English and covers typeface design and calligraphy techniques, type history, and software practices. Every kind of design professional can learn about type design in a relatively short amount of time.