Medusa font by Ramiro Espinoza (Re-Type foundry) is inspired by the 19th Century Catalonian pointed pen calligraphy and is a kind of dedication to one of the most renowned masters of Spanish calligraphy, Ramón Stirling.
Medusa font design started with an analysis of the historical models of formal English roundhand calligraphy and the ways in which those styles had been adapted to the typographic technologies of different eras. A representative example of such adaptations involves the group of letters which, in connected scripts, join from near the top of their x-height, namely “b”, “o”, “v” and “w”. In addition, some missing elements in Stirling’s book have been added. The fantastically ornate capitals were redrawn in order to strike a greater balance and enhance the consistency of the set of letters as a whole. Several swashes and ligatures were also created from scratch. Perhaps the most unusual feature of Medusa font is its small caps, which have been carefully designed to produce an all-cap setting that is stylistically harmonious with the classic copperplate script, something which has up to now been missing from this genre of typeface.
Medusa font is a comprehensive script system featuring unique elegance and exquisiteness. Its stylishness meets the highest requirements of the luxury packaging design, and of the high-end typography as a whole.
Medusa has been awarded with the Type Directors Club’s ‘Certificate of Excellence in Typeface Design’ 2014.
Supported languages: Albanian, Basque, Breton, Chamorro, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Icelandic, Italian, Malagasy, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Designers: Ramiro Espinoza