Indeginous font?

agitationagency's picture

Hey I am looking for an indigenous peoples inspired font. I don't know much about typography terminology, but these are the closest fonts i have found to what i am looking for:

i kinda want it to be somewhere in between blackletter and this:
Mestizo cafe font http://media.merchantcircle.com/30013400/mestizo_final_color_medium.jpeg

less blocky/hippy than this: http://darkvotum.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/zoot-chicano-font-mexican-amer...

any help would be awesome.

-Theres

Nick Shinn's picture

I would have thought it would be difficult to find a less "indigenous" typeface than a Victorian display face.

bojev's picture

indigenous
adjective
originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native

Just what indigenous pepole are you talking about?

quadibloc's picture

At least he isn't looking for Papyrus.

I've seen Davida, which appears to be available from a number of foundries, used before where a Mexican-American atmosphere is being suggested.

Something between Blackletter and Davida is a tall order, but perhaps, ironically enough, the face from Letraset called Victorian might fill the bill.

The querent is searching for information, not aesthetic judgment.

Of course, there's also Pretorian and even Hobo (Roberta, which also appears on that results page, might be of interest) that he might consider.

Besides Roberta, for something new, that isn't overused, there's Durham Abbey; while that is pretty clearly Victorian, given the right context it could still work for the querent's purpose.

Of course, authenticity isn't a bad thing, either. I'm not sure how much authenticity there is in these suggestions from MyFonts:

Quetzal,
Yacqui, or
Xolto...

Here are a few more ideas:

Dime Box NF,
Kirsty, or...

No, neither Supper Club JNL nor Unovis is what I'm thinking of, but there might be something similar but less extreme that would do.

Ah, it took a while to find an example; Iron Type SG was what I was thinking of. There was also Mekon, but while it had the right weight, it didn't seem to have the right spirit.

Ah, I finally persuaded MyFonts to show me what I was looking for: Eagle.

Maybe Alegria?

Also, Bremen might do in a pinch.

quadibloc's picture

Looking for something more authentic, I found Acoma. Unfortunately, it appears to be available only for non-commercial use.

Nick Shinn's picture

The querent is searching for information, not aesthetic judgment.

I was merely pointing out that Davida is not an indigenously-informed design.
What is a 1960s neo-Victorian type -- Brit pop art?
I believe it connects with the foppish Carnaby St fashions, eg the Beatles with a kind of garish 19th century style military/band uniform and strange facial hair, Sgt Pepper. I had one of those jackets with the high collar, 4 or five buttons at the front, and double-vented at the back. The Kinks had that look in 65.

quadibloc's picture

Well, Victorian (here stretched vertically on this album cover) is not authentic either, and yet a major record label found it suitable to convey the appropriate mood for an LP of music in a Mexican style.

It may be I was too harsh, but as Papyrus demonstrates, a face can be used to fit the intended mood of something even when not obviously authentic. Apparently the original poster is looking for something that can be related to Mexico's indigenous or part-indigenous peoples.

agisaak's picture

Plantagenet Cherokee would count as an "indiginous peoples inspired font". Of course, it probably isn't very comprehensible to those not fluent in Cherokee (or ᏣᎳᎩ if you prefer).

[ Edit: Link fixed — Admin ]

quadibloc's picture

Your link is broken: instead of pointing to a web page about a typeface, it seems to be pointing to an NSFW video.

agisaak's picture

Hmmm. That's really weird. The link I pasted was http://www.tiro.com/syllabics/index.html.

André

smiler's picture

Ciquenta mil Meticais might be what you are looking for.

kentlew's picture

André — I went ahead and fixed the link for you.

pica pusher's picture

Copal?

Linotype says it’s “inspired by the carvings on meso-American monuments.”

Nick Shinn's picture

Tell your own story in your own voice:
http://new.myfonts.com/person/Joseph_Churchward/

Victorian (here stretched vertically on this album cover) is not authentic either, and yet a major record label found it suitable to convey the appropriate mood for an LP of music in a Mexican style.

A rather patronizing take on the supposedly gaudy aesthetic of ethnic culture, a "blackface" Mexicanism equated with the excesses of Victorian decoration.

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture

Hey I am looking for an indigenous peoples inspired font.

It would be great if agitationagency (Theres, right?) clarifies what does exactly “indigenous” mean but, since she is writing from Oregon, I am assuming she is talking about Native Americans, not Chicanos or Mexican-American or Mesoamerica or whatever.

JoergGustafs's picture

Another one from the Font Bureau:
Hoffmann, a quite organic looking typeface (if that’s what you’re looking for)
http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/fontbureau/hoffmann/

agisaak's picture

@kentlew

Many thanks.

André

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