Greco Design Information

TYPE BY Greco Stencil is designed by Fred Smeijers and Pierre Pané-Farré, and is part of the Stencil Fonts Series, released in 2012.

Greco Stencil is one of three sans serifs in the Stencil Fonts Series, joining Orly Stencil and Remo Stencil. It is notionally the oldest of the three, its late nineteenth-century flavour descendant from earlier alphabets whose heavy condensed design gave words impact in narrow spaces. Their simple shapes were easy to draw on posters and signs, and their mostly identical widths made it easy to calculate their horizontal space requirements. Typefaces of this kind – and wood types in particular – proved popular, though not it seems until the 1880s when they appear in the inventories of many wood type manufacturers as uppercase-only fonts.

If Greco Stencil’s shapes are brought from the nineteenth century to nearer the present day, they might be compared to early low resolution bitmap fonts used in mobile phone displays. The comparison is startling and it was this jump across time that inspired Fred Smeijers and Pierre Pané-Farré to produce Greco Stencil. The diagonal-running breaks bring a novel, insistent pattern to the simple underlying shapes. And, unlike its uppercase-only forebears, Greco Stencil offers a complete twentieth-first century character set.

Greco Stencil is available in is available in OTF CFF, TTF, WOFF, and WOFF2 formats.

The Stencil Fonts Series was launched on April 19 2012 to accompany the exhibition ‘Between Writing & Type: the Stencil Letter’ held at Catapult Gallery, Antwerp. Curated by Eric Kindel and Fred Smeijers, the exhibition showcased the history and development of the stencil letter and displayed a selection of historical and contemporary artifacts and their applications.

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