Rafael Dietzsch

Brazil

Brasilica is a contemporary text typeface that was originally conceived to meet the needs of bilingual publications in Portuguese and Brazilian indigenous languages. Many of these languages require unusual combinations of accented letters, stacked diacritics and other characters that are absent in most fonts.

The most notable aspects of this robust design are its wide proportions, moderate contrast and strong serifs, qualities that make it suitable for different printing conditions. Other remarkable features are its sharp corners, abrupt connections and marked terminals – features that render a sturdy and crisp texture, with a distinct look. And, Despite its development for long continuous texts, Brasilica proved its versatility in its very first public appearance, in the visual identity of the ATypI 2015 conference in São Paulo.

Brasilica began as a Masters project at the University of Reading, and assimilates influences from contemporary typefaces such as David Brezina’s Skolar (which deals admirably with diacritics), Gerard Unger’s Swift (in which everything that is sharp and square gets rounded in small sizes), as well as Petr van Blokland’s Proforma (with its innovative solution for the brackets of the serifs, all formed by straight lines instead of curves).

This initial release comprises a compact character set, but a full and more complete version (including all the diacritics and Open Type features for Brazilian indigenous languages and IPA characters) will be released soon.