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Typeface Review

Krul

Reviewed by Laura Meseguer on March 13, 2013

Krul is a typeface based on the Amsterdamse Krulletter (Amsterdam’s “curly letter”). This characteristic lettering style can still be found in the windows of some of Amsterdam’s traditional “brown cafés”, located in neighborhoods like the Jordaan district.

This typographic interpretation by Ramiro Espinoza is the result of profound research into the origin of the style: the calligraphic work of seventeenth-century Dutch writing masters, the lettering style created from such, and its posterior application throughout the 20th century. In designing Krul, Espinoza has made his own unique contribution to the style.

Without a doubt, I can say that Krul constitutes the next step in this tradition. The excellence and beauty of its drawing are highly visible, but Krul also reveals an innovative and creative approach to script typefaces. Espinoza created a much more versatile typeface by designing a disconnected cursive — a bit more rationalized and less sloped than the traditional form. He also improved details when necessary, creating alternate characters, abundant ligatures, fleurons, and swashes — features that make Krul unique in its style.

Love for popular culture, craftmanship, and this style of lettering are also part of this typeface. I love Krul as much as I love Amsterdam. I hope you will too.

Laura Meseguer lives in Barcelona from where she designs logos, posters, books and custom typefaces. She is a graduate of the Type and Media masters program at KABK in The Hague where she created Rumba, one of the Typographica selections for 2006 and also prized with ATypI Prize Letter.2 in 2011. She is also the author of TypoMag. Typography in Magazines and co-author of Como crear tipografías. Del boceto a la pantalla. She is also a member of the independent foundry Type-Ø-Tones, from where she distributes her own typefaces, including her latest, Magasin.

One Comment

  1. Tim says:

    I love that a face so decorative is this legible. A very nice achievement.

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