A desert-proof horizontal stress typeface, ready for the gold rush.
Wooden saloons. Tumbleweed. Massive steam locomotives. And sand, lots of sand. This is the scenery that Matucano might emerge from: a frontier-proof slab-serif face that feels at home in the epic tales of your favorite Spaghetti Westerns. Matucano builds upon the heritage of horizonal-stress wood type, but wants to be taken with a grain of salt. It is more of a tongue-in-cheek reinterpretation than a faithful revival. Modern, sleek curves and contemporary proportions make sure that it’ll be a useful design tool far beyond the Old West era.
Matucano’s most striking feature is its horizontal stress, sometimes called reverse contrast. This typographic tradition is rooted in the early 19th century, when display-size slab serif faces started to “reverse” the conventional stroke contrast, combining bold horizontal strokes and equally fat serifs with light, even tender verticals. It was a means to an end—that is, gaining attention in an ever more saturated market of loud and goudy typefaces. Such faces weren’t suitable for long copy and they certainly weren’t meant to be. This is exactly where Matucano scores.
Matucano goes with the horizontal stress principle but shifts down a steam engine gear. Each of its seven weights is carefully drawn, taking it easy with the reverse contrast. This makes Matucano more legible and evenly textured than most Italienne-style slabs. It also makes the entire font family quite versatile. The horizontal stress is clearly visible from Thin to Black but never dominates the typographic image. It’ll allow you to infuse your designs with the frontier spirit of yore while speaking the intermedial visual language of the here and now.
Matucano’s set of 584 glyphs comes with useful features such as oldstyle and lining figures (proportional, tabular, and circled), slashed zero, arrows (plain and circled), a beautiful № sign and extensive language support.
An Identity Letters release true to its name, this typeface is especially suited to brand identity and packaging design—think travel, food, leisure, entertainment, cooking, dining, gifts, and games … in fact, any field that will benefit from a typeface with a good-natured and slightly ironic character. Thanks to its diligent design, Matucano works equally well in print (e. g., editorial, poster, and book design) and on screen (e. g., in UI/UX design, in apps and on websites, in digital advertising and in ebooks).
Book this ride on the steam train and start exploring uncharted territories. With Matucano, you too will be ready for the next gold rush.
|Family Styles||7 Romans, matching italics are the next step|
|Letter Shapes||There might be small improvements on single letters, but overall the look and feel is set.|
|Character Set||584 glyphs. The character set is final, there might be litte additions.|
|Spacing / Kerning||The spacing and Kerning is good.|
|Next Update||Late 2022|
|Next Update Includes||Italics|
|Final Release||Late 2022|
|Final Price||not set, probably 159€|