Inspired by vernacular lettering and the art found everywhere, the Type-Ø-Tones are known for their eclectic typographic explorations, and their gift for turning collaboration into an art form all its own.
About Type-Ø-TonesType-Ø-Tones from Barcelona
Type-Ø-Tones is a typographic design company founded in 1990 by Joan Barjau, Enric Jardí, Laura Meseguer and José Manuel Urós. Although we mainly publish our own designs, we collaborate with many other typographers.
In our friend Jan Middendorp words: "They’re a loosely-knit collective of independent individuals, each with their own activities as graphic designers, writers and teachers. They have been making and publishing fonts since the early days of desktop type design and pioneered digital techniques that are now commonplace. Their fonts represent an approach that is, perhaps, typically Catalan: simultaneously adventurous and serious, witty and well-conceived."
Laura Meseguer is a freelance graphic and type designer based in Barcelona. She works for both commercial commissions and personal projects. She specializes in book design and all sorts of typography projects, from lettering for monograms and logotypes to custom typefaces. From 1992 till 1996 she worked different studios, since then till 2003 she was a partner at studio Cosmic in Barcelona. In 2003–2004, she took a year off from her regular work to study type design at the post-graduate course Type]Media at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands. Rumba, the typeface she designed as part of this course, was selected for the TDC TypeDesign Competition 2005 and garnered the ATypI Prize Letter.2 2011.
Through her own type foundry, Type-Ø-Tones, she publishes and promotes her type designs. In addition to her work, Laura also finds time to teach type design as part of the Master’s degree in Advanced Typography at Eina Escola d’Art i Disseny and Typography at Elisava. She gives lectures and workshops all around the world. Laura’s work has been featured in several publications and exhibitions such as the Graphic Design–Now in Production in 2011-2012. She also holds awards from the ADG-FAD (The Art Directors & Graphic Designers Association, Spain). In 2014 she got a TDC for her typeface Lalola, and an ISTD Certificate of Excellence for the BCNMCR Letters Project.
She is the author of TypoMag. Typography in Magazines, published by IndexBook and co-author of the book Cómo crear tipografías. Del boceto a la pantalla, published by Tipo e, published in Spanish and translated into Polish, Portuguese and English. In collaboration with the Fundació Comunicació Gràfica, she curated the exhibition Helvetica. A new typeface?
José Manuel Urós
Is a self-taught programmer, typo(graphic) designer and guitar player. Also a reluctant barcelonian, where he was born in 1956. A programmer in the eighties, he became the happiest/luckiest guy when switched from awful code to desktop publishing at the very launch of the technology, around 1988. From that year, he has helped a number of studios to develop their skills at electronic publishing.
From 1992 to 2011, Josema developed a close relationship with the Estudio Mariscal, where he cared for the Macs, the typography, the editorial design and the becarias. Teaching begin in 1993, with courses on interface and icon design, and typography. He teaches at Eina, IED and IDEP.
Also, somehow, he manages to have a musical life, having played with Bootunoo, New Buildings, MCW, La Fura dels Baus, Leo Mariño, Josep Giménez, Elements, Pangrams, Pascal Comelade, PAD, Adrián Morales, Unoma, Altaba/Samsó/Urós and GRUS, among others. His latest noises had been made with Les Cocos and Stock de Coque.