June 10th, 2020
In Process category
Laca was designed in the summer of 2017, which feels like ages ago!
At the time I was teaching during the year so the Summer vacations were always the best time to design new typefaces. Laca was inspired by vintage packaging from Portugal. The goal was to develop a friendly, humanistic sans serif font that can be used in packaging and branding. The typeface has a unique feature with ligatures that stack letters and create clusters.
Laca was produced at that point and published in 2017, and it was well-received. Type designers can be perfectionists, so after a while, I could find things to improve, and as you start pulling the thread, it grows and grows. This resulted in the total review of Laca and Laca Text.
In the new version of Laca, there was improved treatment on the accented letters, more specifically on the Ogonek.
A new capital German sharp S was designed with a review from Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer. The lowercase one was also improved. You can learn more about this here.
The curves on the letter s lower case were enhanced as well.
Kerning is one aspect of a font that can make it or break it. Kerning was good, but not good enough. It needed a refresh to work nicely. New kerning was implemented as well on the latest version of Laca and Laca Text.
The tabular numbers were reviewed and improved on spacing and design.