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Blanco is a serif typeface with four weights and italics designed primarily for comfortable, extended reading at smaller text sizes on screen and in print.
It was developed by Australian type designer, Dave Foster, as a student at KABK’s Type and Media Masters during 2012. After graduating, the prestigious Morisawa Type Design Competition awarded Blanco the Gold Prize, and it was recognised by the Type Directors Club, Communication Arts and The Fine Press Book Association but was unavailable for licensing.
The typeface lay dormant for years while Dave gained experience working as a contractor for some of the world’s best foundries including Commercial Type, Frere-Jones Type, House Industries, Klim Type Foundry and Letterror. In 2016 he returned to Blanco with more experience and a fresh perspective. The typeface was rebuilt from the ground up with new letterforms, new spacing, kerning, more glyphs and added OpenType features.
Blanco is a thoroughly useful typeface. Its strong rhythm creates an even value and texture that gives text blocks a calm tone of voice. The unfussy, sturdy details provide a contemporary, understated and thoughtful character. This character allows it to be easily paired with other typefaces, making it a versatile addition to a type library as a utilitarian face. While there are optical corrections in the forms to make Blanco work effectively at smaller sizes, these remain unobtrusive at larger sizes, revealing a warmth and consideration to the details of the design.
Single styles are available from $50, Roman and Italic pairs from $80 and the whole family from $290. Discounts apply for buying related fonts across desktop, web or app. To license, trial or find out more, please visit www.fostertype.com