Panza Grotesk

—Typeface Design
TIMELINE
6 months
ROLE
Type Design
Layout
Conceptual
TOOLS
Glyphs
Indesign
Pen & Paper
COLLABORATORS
OVERVIEW

My goal for this type design was to create an eccentric workhorse. The design draws inspiration from early grotesques, specifically Venus (1907), and also the realist Johnston (1913) — and the typeface’s personality is inspired by the character Sancho Panza from Don Quixote.

I was reading Cervantes’ novel while beginning to conceive of the project, and there were so many qualities of the long-suffering squire that I wanted to imbue the typeface with; his earthy wit, round belly, fool’s wisdom, and his playful freedom with language. I wanted to create a great sidekick — there for whatever situation arises, adaptable, and entertaining.


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I ended up taking the humanist flair of Johnston and Gill Sans, and tried to marry that with some of the eccentricity I was drawn to in Venus — in particular the high-waisted capitals. The first three months were spent on the lowercase, and the remaining three were spent on everything else — capitals, spacing, numbers, and more.
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