Puncho Design Information

Punching letters from metal plates to create stencils is forceful work for which simple sturdy letter shapes are best. Puncho designed by Fred Smeijers is based on stencil letter punches made by S. M. Spencer of Boston. The capital height of Spencer’s original letter was 1/8 inch (about 3 mm). Design limitations at this small size, together with the mechanical methods used to manufacture such punches, are the source of Puncho’s unusual shapes.

Puncho is one in a series of stencil fonts originally released as part of the OurType Stencil Series. Puncho’s first release coincided with the opening of the exhibition ‘Between Writing & Type: the Stencil Letter’ on 19 April 2012 at Catapult gallery, in Antwerp. The exhibition was curated by Eric Kindel and Fred Smeijers and focused on history and evolution of Stencil type.

Puncho is available in basic Latin character set and in OTF CFF, TTF, WOFF, and WOFF2 formats.

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