A beautiful Roma woman, murderous jealousy, a Basque hidalgo, fortune telling, knife fights, sexual persuasion, the occult.
Carmen is full of tension and surprise while traveling a well-worn road that reaches from Spain through France and into Italy. Commissioned for a new edition of Prosper Merimée’s book Carmen, Andreu Balius tells us that this Didone typeface draws inspiration from 1830s Spanish type specimens that were clearly rooted in the famous work of the Frenchman Firmin Didot. While there seem to be new Didone faces every day, the refined Carmen brings something new to the table, balancing somewhere between the illustrious work of Frutiger for Linotype and the smart, witty approach of a face like Porchez’s Ambroise. And if jealousy and murder seems too heavy for the occasion, you can always visit the circus in Paris with Carmen Fiesta.
Christian Palino is a designer and educator living in San Francisco. He is currently a Product Design Manager at Facebook and teaches Interaction Design at CCA. He previously worked at OpenTable, IDEO and Adaptive Path.