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  • Tierra Nueva

    Designed by: Sebastian Nagel

    Released: 2010

    Number of styles: 4

    Script support: Latin Extended

    Most suitable for: Display Use (logos, headlines, …), Editorial Design

    Notes: This font contains glyphs and/or features which are only accessible with fully OpenType-savvy applications.

    Four fonts—found on a map of America, created by the spanish cartographer Diego Gutiérrez and the dutch engraver Hieronymus Cock anno 1562.

    FDI Tierra Nueva consists of 4 styles (regular, bold, italic and script) with an overall count of almost 3,700 characters for many languages and purposes.

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    “When I—by chance—in 2004 discovered the map of America from 1562, that was created by the spanish cartographer Diego Guiterrez and the dutch engraver Hieronymus Cock, I just had finished my diploma thesis about type design and type analysis. In this time, I was experimenting on own type designs, but as a beginner, I wasn’t able to answer the many conceptual and formal questions that arose soon. The engravers’ map with its detailed geographical notes offered me a chance to explore the used writing, and to start experimenting on an own interpretation of it. As the main design principles were already set, I was – at least for the beginning – able to concentrate on less basic details and learn by looking, analysing and by doing.

    On my first try to create a fully functional, universally useful digital typeface, I soon realised that mere tracing of selected single characters would not lead me to a satisfying result: the characters that were formed individually by engraving did only work in their specific context of lettering, but not combined with others taken from other words. So I decided to redraw each character and, without giving up the basic impression of the typeface, to unify and streamline details, so they could work together in all contexts.

    In 2010, Tierra Nueva has gone a long way. On its journey of exploration it has grown to 4 members of a family (regular, bold, italic and script) with an overall count of almost 3.700 characters for different languages and purposes. So, over 6 years after the start of the expedition, it shall be launched. Land ahoy!”
    — Sebastian Nagel, 2010

    A family of four carefully crafted fonts.

    Detailed vector graphics for customers who buy the whole font family. 

    Images included in the fonts

    Images included in the fonts

    Case Feature

    Small Caps

    Title Case

    Various figure sets

    fraction figures, subscript figures, superscript figures


    Standard and discretionary ligatures

    Contextual alternates

    Localized Forms

    Stylistic Set 1. Arrows

    Stylistic Set 2: Historic/graphical variations

    Stylistic Set 3: Latin abbreviations

    Tierra Norte Roman

    Tierra Nueva Norte regular

    Tierra Norte italic

    Tierra Nueva Norte italic

    Tierra Norte bold

    Tierra Nueva Norte bold

    Tierra Sur Script

    Tierra Nueva Sur Script

    Additional Links

    Type Specimen PDF

    Tierra Nueva in Use

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