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Cortado Script

Reviewed by Dyana Weissman on March 19, 2015

There’s the old adage: too many cooks spoil the soup (don’t tell me it should be “broth”). So one would expect that for so many people to influence a typeface — the artist whose work it is based on, the two typeface designers who digitized it, and possibly even the art director with whom the face was originally created — that it might look like complete chaos. That is not the case with Cortado Script. Not only is the font cohesive within itself (something that even a solo designer might get wrong), it also flows smoothly, as a quality script should.

The letters themselves are sophisticated and stylish, yet there’s something a little bit breezy to them, so they don’t veer into the dominion of the uptight. One of the uppercase ‘S’s is mesmerizing, almost perfectly balanced, and yet a total reversal of what an ‘S’ usually is (heaviest in the center of its form).

Like any serious typeface made nowadays, there is a range of well-thought-out OpenType features that give the user confidence in a natural-looking flow, as well as more control when it’s needed. Like if they’re having one of those days where the subway is just a little too crowded and they need to push some letters around. You’re not connecting today, you ‘d’.

Dyana Weissman is the Director of Custom Type at Type Network. She has been a presenter at ATypI, TypeCon, and PromaxBDA. When not making fonts, she is hiking somewhere in the world and sharing her adventures.

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