Simultaneously with our friends at Bold Monday, we are proud to release César Puertas’ Buendia family.
When typographers — and particularly web designers — seek to bring emphasis, contrast, and hierarchy to a page they usually look for variation in weight and width. This approach makes sense, as most font families have compatible styles designed specifically to be used together. Yet, sometimes, using the same class of typeface (sans or serif or slab) for everything on a website can result in a monotonous tone.
Buendia is an exploration into what a type family can be beyond the traditional suite of progressive weights and widths. Puertas structured his unique series into six styles with distinct but matching flavors: grotesque sans, rounded sans, slab serif, and transitional — all based on the same skeleton but with different finishing. The weights range from a thin and medium sans, via the elegant roman and italic serifs, a cosy bold slab, to the extra beefy rounded sans.
As its designer puts it, “In Buendia, each member of the family is a different person, not just the same one who gained or lost weight.” The series tries to provide as many different design variants as possible within a single concept to give designers a compact but flexible set of options. Nevertheless, all styles have certain features in common, for instance the closed apertures, swashy tails and curls, and the slightly curved diagonals. These contribute to a warmth that makes Buendia especially suited for contemporary advertising and editorial design, approachable web apps, and corporate identities with a playful personality.
All styles of Buendia come with extended Latin character set, as well as OpenType features such as small caps, ligatures, and different sets of numerals.
Give Buendia a try for free — all fonts on Webtype can be tested on your own sites at no charge for 30 days.