A synthesis of stencil type and calligraphy
A synthesis of stencil type and calligraphy
A synthesis of stencil type and calligraphy
A synthesis of stencil type and calligraphy
A synthesis of stencil type and calligraphy
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What is Ella?
Ella is a stencil typeface family consisting of four styles (Roman, Uncial, Rustic, and Brutalist) in two weights (Regular and Bold) with a calligraphic flair.  
Ella shares the logical principles of letter construction with calligraphy, but it does so under a typographic approach. The Roman, Uncial, and Rustic styles have different capital styles that mirror the evolution of the Roman script. 

Besides, Ella’s fourth style, the unapologetic Brutalist, explores the next level of plasticity and takes the calligraphic expression to the limits of construction. 

Ella wants to show how classic calligraphy models can be adapted into stencil-style fonts, and perform as a contemporary digital typeface.

You can find and licence Ella at Type-Ø-Tones

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Ella's four styles (All Caps shown in Bold weight)

The shared characters
The Roman, Uncial and Rustic styles share a unique lowercase set that unifies the characteristics of the three styles, they also share numerals and punctuation. It is a conceptual approach to the fact that the three calligraphic styles were coexisting at the same historical time. The large x-height and triangular serifs of the lowercase bring sharpness while keeping some ductus and warmth.

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Ella's four styles (Upper and lower case shown in Bold weight)

Ella's four styles. Complete Character Set in Regular & Bold weights

Typographers-in-Residence 2021: “Mujeres Hispanas y Tipografía”

This project started as a residence at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography  in 2021.

The HMCT Typographer-in-Residence program hosts designers, artists, and educators who are investigating new ideas through their professional practice or personal research. Their work reinforces the importance and relevance of typography and language in visual communication. For 2021, HMCT invited five internationally-based Hispanic designers, typographers, and researchers to participate in “Mujeres Hispanas y Tipografía” and explore diverse areas of interest:

Laura Meseguer (Spain) — Lettering & Type Design
Marina Garone (México) — Researcher & Historian
Jimena Gamio (Peru/Los Angeles) — Lettering, Sign Painting, Typography
Tipastype: Sandra García (Colombia) & Dafne Martínez (México) — Calligraphy & Type Design

If you are interested , you can watch the video of our Project Presentations here.

As the result of the research, the HCMT has published a bilingual catalog, Mujeres Hispanas y Tipografía, arriving October 2022.compiling all our research and work process. You can purchase it here.

MUJERES HISPANAS Y TIPOGRAFÍA: Bilingual Catalog published by HMCT. 
MUJERES HISPANAS Y TIPOGRAFÍA:
Bilingual Catalog published by HMCT. 
Thanks to
The great and somehow "brutal" graphics on display in the Ella “in use” section were designed by Gerard Joan. For the specimen you can find at Type-Ø-Tones site, I decided to pick up some designers and artists who inspire me.
And huge thanks to Oriol Miró for his calligraphy models.

Ella Roman. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Roman. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Roman. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Roman. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Roman. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Uncial. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Uncial. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Uncial. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Uncial. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Uncial. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Rustic. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Rustic. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Rustic. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Rustic. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Rustic. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Brutalist. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Brutalist. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Brutalist. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Brutalist. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

Ella Brutalist. Promotional graphics created by Gerard Joan

© 2005-2022  Laura Meseguer
Custom Type Design and Lettering


© 2005-2022 Laura Meseguer
Custom Lettering and Type Design 


© 2005-2022 Laura Meseguer
Custom Lettering and Type Design 


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