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LagartoDesigner: Gabriel Martínez Meave
Publisher: Sudtipos
Designed by Gabriel Meave, Lagarto is a display screen serif font family. This typeface has three styles and was published by Sudtipos.

Some years ago, a buddy and typophile, Gonzalo García Barcha, approached me with the concept of creating a typeface for his editorial project Blacamán Ediciones. He had just came across an hitherto unknown manuscript by Luis Lagarto, a colonial illuminator and scribe, working in Mexico City and Puebla in the late 1500s.


The manuscript calligraphy was unbelievable and amazingly original. It included three various hands by the scribe, intermingled in the text: a sort of baroque "Roman" roundhand; a really elaborate, vibrant "Italic"; and some sort of irregular, lively, even funny "little caps". All imbued with an eccentric, complicated zest and lively rhythm.


Lagarto is the outcome of translating these extraordinary hands into a digital type household. Since the manuscript had no characters, mathematics indications and many other characters now in usage, part of the enjoyable of the job was to infer them from the stylistic peculiarities of Luis Lagarto's calligraphy.


Lagarto got an Award of Quality at the Type Directors Club of New york city yearly competition.

.Font Family:
· Lagarto Roman
· Lagarto Italic
· Lagarto Roman SC

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