Itacolomi is a font family conceived for editorial purposes. Based on historical models, it is well placed in the present time, turning classic proportions into contemporary letter shapes. It is robust and clean in small sizes, keeping the consistency in both print and digital environment.

Historical Sources

Itacolomi is a result from Eller’s Ph.D. research into the early printing press in Brazil. The types used in a newspaper called Abelha do Itaculumy (see image above) were specifically the basis for this project.

The investigation reveals that the lack of resources, typical from the colonization period, leads two Brazilian craftsmen to improvise an entire workshop including a set of metal types that are seeing on before mentioned newspaper. The main inspiration for those types were somehow the Scotch Roman models.

Like those Brazilian historical types, Itacolomi typeface was also intrinsically influenced by the models known as Scotch Romans, created in Scotland by Richard Austin and disseminated, mainly, by William Miller and Alexander Wilson between the 18th and 19th centuries.

A possible connection between Brazil and Scotland.

(…) if such a person plays some Beethoven he’ll add his personal interpretation to it – in music, and then above all for singing – a composer’s interpretation is something. — Van Gogh

Itacolomi is a personal interpretation, rather than a type revival.
It is a convergence of Scottish references with the visual solutions found in the types of Tipografia Patrícia de Barbosa seen in the newspaper Abelha do Itaculumy.

In short, Itacolomi preserves the qualities of the famous 19th-century Scotch Roman types while adding a personal approach with unique features from the Brazilian models.

It has six weights, romans plus respective italics, which makes twelve fonts with an extensive character set that supports over two hundred languages and includes small caps, ligatures, old-style and tabular figures.

Please check the specimen (pdf) for text examples, character set, language support and OpenType features

Itacolomi Hill, Hermann Burmeister, 1853

Itacolomi (or Itaculumy) is a Brazilian indigenous word that means «stone girl» and refers to a specific hill in the state of Minas Gerais.