"Spanish" Typeface Wanted!

Tintin81's picture

Hi everybody,

I will soon be starting a redesign of a logo + website. Please have a look at the old website. It's essentially a one-man catering company that provides Spanish paella dishes and everything that goes with it.

What I'm looking for is a typeface that has a particularly "Spanish" feel to it. Can anybody recommend such a typeface? I've been looking at some Spanish art books, but couldn't find anything.

Thanks for any input in this matter!

Reed Reibstein's picture

I have seen some debate on Typophile as to whether a typeface can have any national character. Perhaps if you give a bit more information on the feel you are trying to evoke you might get more targeted suggestions.

Nevertheless, a standard suggestion would be to use something by an Iberian designer. If I associate something with Spain, it is a certain oldness and Baroque styling, so I might suggest Mario Feliciano's Rongel (taken from a Spanish model) or Caligrafia de Bula. Perhaps also Lagarto, Lisboa (some new versions are in the works, so you may want to contact Ricardo Santos to see if they are available), Fleischman BT Pro, or Borges.

vinceconnare's picture

That´s a good response since Alejandro Lo Celso was sure there is something about nationality and type. He did a paper and a typeface 'Rayuela'
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/pampatype/rayuela/

But here is a Spanish national star in another now playing in Valencia.

Reed Reibstein's picture

Thanks, Vince; I remember reading in both Lo Celso's and Martinez Meave's writings their feeling that they create certain typefaces made for the Spanish language. But since Timo's website uses German, I wonder whether they would say that the type's linguistic character still applies.

guifa's picture

Out of the list of Reed's suggestions, I'd go with, in order of just how old he wants things to look:

Rongel (newer)
Fleischman
Lagarto (older)

Rongel is a good bit more contemporary but looks a little bit more formal (as Fleischman borders on oldfashioned) so if it's a very formal restaurant I'd go with Rongel. If a little less pricy of a restaurant I'd go with Fleischman. Lagarto maybe as headers could work. I definitely wouldn't use Lisboa, as it's called Lisboa for a reason, it perfectly captures that city but doesn't work for most any Spanish cities that I can think of (In general Portuguese design tends to be a bit lighter and rounder than that of Spain)

If you want to go handwriting wise for anything in the style of Spaniards, the key things to note:

dots over the I even when capital, the 1s look more like ^, the 9s look like gs, the 7 and Zz always carry the bar through them, and the tilde looks like a macron over the n. The A often looks more like a delta (bottom left to top to bottom right and then a line either horizontal or diagonal to make the bar, butall in one stroke), the lowercase r often looks like an r rotunda (or a cursive r without the initial stroke, or a very small nob instead of the full stroke), the cursive f looks like an cursive esh, and the cursive z is like a print z with swoop and no cross (or a french 3). And they don't use cursive capital letters (as I quickly found out as people couldn't read half the stuff I wrote).

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

guifa's picture

Ack, just reread a little more closely and saw it was just for the website (I was thinking it was for the menu as well). I also saw the prices. I'd go with Fleischman then.

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

rs_donsata's picture

Anything modern (in the typographic sense of the word) and blunt will do. Someone suggested Barcelona once for a similar topic. Also rotunda blackletter is very spanish.

Héctor

guifa's picture

Yeah if they're named after a city it tends to be for a reason. Maybe one of these days I'll finish Coruña (damn thesis getting in the way).

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

Tintin81's picture

Hey you guys,

Thanks a lot for all your suggestions! Yes, the type is only for the logo. The company is essentially a one-man business of a Ukranian guy living in Germany and claiming to be Spanish. People can book him and he'll come over and cook a fabulous paella for them. What a shame that you guys can't try it... (I did last weekend!).

My current favourites are Lisboa and Borges. Unfortunately, due to the current workload, I cannot start with this project before end of next week. I'll post the first draft of my website + logo as soon as I can! Thanks for your help so far...

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Sharon Van Lieu's picture

How about Laura Meseguer's Rumba?

DrDoc's picture

Some of the typefaces that have been posted thusfar remind me of Fertigo.

Rob O. Font's picture

"...a one-man business of a Ukranian guy living in Germany and claiming to be Spanish..."

Then I'd use Eldorado, which is American, but it's claimed to be based on a Mexican face which it was before being imported there from Spain, before being imported there from Holland. It all took several hundred years, which is about right for paella in a Ukraino-Germanic context.

Cheers!

Tintin81's picture

Hey guys,

I am proud to present the first draft of the website. It also includes a logo which I made. It is based on the font Chaparral Pro, which isn't actually Spanish but does a fairly good job at this particular task I think. The focus in this project is on web design and photography anyway. There's no budget for developing a more complex brand identity.

Please let me know what could be improved further. Thanks for any input...

P.S. Sorry for the site being in German only. But you will get the gist of it. It's just a chef specialising in cooking paella. Quite a simple concept actually!!

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