Berganza is a typeface designed as a tribute to the spanish century called «Siglo de Oro». Embellished with several ornaments and swashes, it quickly reminds an age in which castilian arts & letters were flourished, as well as the fantasy knighty fables adventures of heroes, loved ladies and evil villains. Although the «Siglo de Oro» cannot be set in specific dates, it is generally considered to have lasted more than a century; between 1492, the year of the discovery of America and 1681, the year in which the writer Pedro Calderón dela Barca died. Lope de Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, or even William Shakespeare (in England) are also famous figures of this time. Berganza typeface takes its name from the main character of the picaresque novel «The Conversation of the Dogs» (Cervantes, 1613). Berganza is able to speak with the other dog Scipio on a big number of social & philosophical topics.
Talking about technics, Berganza is a modern typeface but with a humanist flavour. Thanks to its various styles and flourishes, it immediately refers to the culteranism aesthetic of that time, whose aim was to elevate the noble over the vulgar. But also, Berganza takes advantage of the contemporary technology, highlighting in his drawing the contrasted forms and certain broken and unusual strokes in order to give it a brave and different style touch. Berganza includes four weights to be used for continuous reading with great visual richness. However, it is more recommended for large sizes, since its unusual and particular details appear when the letter grows. Finally, the hundreds of glyphs and Opentype features that it has incorporated, allow us to change the aesthetics of the type according to our needs.
OPENTYPE FONT 518 CHARACTERS 1113 GLYPHS 4 INSTANCES (Regular, Bold, Italic & Bold Italic) 38 LANGUAGES 28 LAYOUT FEATURES (stylistic sets, ligaturas, historical ligatures, swashes, contextual alternates, numerals, etc)
DESIGNED BY CARLOS CAMPOS VERDÚ© IN 2021 Carlos Campos is a graphic and typographic designer based in southern Spain. He is also currently working in the investigation and recovery of street and traditional signs. All rights reserved.