|The changing of times...
was initially designed in 1996 in the attempt to create an experimental
text typeface embodying the features of complementary realities,
reaching thus an internal armony despite its idyosyncracies and
Complementary realties, for example are male/female,
reason/intuition, science/literature to more specifically typographical
ones like classic/modern and serif/sans-serif.
The idea was also, looking at our contemporary reality, to try
to create a typeface in the tradition of the roman alphabet and
the types of Garamond which would have tried to express more the
malaise of modernity.
What sparkled the initial flame, I think, was the lighter weight
of the typeface Stempel Schneidler, the only one whose
uppercase O seem to have an even thickness, in opposition to the
other capitals, modulated as usual.
After looking at it I began wondering what would have been like
to have some letters following traditional modulation (the intution)
and others being monotone (the reason, the structural approach).
... the rythm of history !
The main thing, while designing Neoritmo,
that I tried to keep in mind was the rythm of internal tension
that letters have in the roman alphabet, emphasized by the Roman
stone inscriptions, that other alphabets don’t have in the same
measure. In Neoritmo there’s the effort to underline this
aspect, diversifying as much as possible the widths of single
letters.This internal tension (a common trait of the best text
typefaces) is also one of the fundamental aspects contributing
an increase in legibility, as we consider it in the context of
long passages of text (as we have in books) that shouldn’t tire
the reader’s eye. Nonetheless the design remains experimental.
The family began to expand in an ordered
but at the same time hydiosyncratic way. The difficulties of making
it consistent and other external factors has delayed its release.
All I can say now is that I hope Neoritmo will be released in
time in late 2002 by my good friend Rodrigo Cavazos at Psy-Ops.