Juan Luis Blanco, typeface designer

Juan Luis Blanco

Juan Luis Blanco is a graphic designer, type designer and calligrapher based in Zumaia (Spain). He has worked as a freelancer graphic designer from 1997, and in 2013, he attained an MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading. During the MA in Typeface Design he developed Amaikha, a multi-script font family comprising Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic and Tifinagh. Currently he combines calligraphy classes and graphic design with typographic projects that focus in the Basque lettering style as well as multi script typefaces involving the Latin, Arabic and Tifinagh alphabets. He loves designing typefaces and maintains a healthy balance by rock-climbing.

Collective projects

Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib. Worked with Kristyan Sarkis, Laura Meseguer in Qandus; and with Andreu Balius and Salah Bellizi in Tubqal, both including Latin, Arabic and Tifinagh scripts.

Akaya multiscript font. A tri-script font (Latin-Kannada-Telugu) developed with Vaishnavi Murty for Google Fonts.

Awards

TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence 2017 for the multiscript typeface Qandus, a collective project with Kristyan Sarkis and Laura Meseguer.

Lectures/talks

ATypI 2016: “A Typographic Maghribi Trialogue”. Warsaw, 2016/09/15.

7CIT (7th International Conference of Typography): “Alfabeto tifinagh: diseño tipográfico y supervivencia cultural”. Valencia, 2016/07/01.

Face Forward 2015: “The case of the Tifinagh script: typeface design to the rescue”. Dublin, 2015/12/12.

Typomad 2015: “Amaikha: diseñando una fuente multiscript”. Madrid, 2015/12/04.

University of the Basque Country: “Reading, una singladura tipográfica”. Bilbao, 2015/05/07.

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