Display typeface

from Type-Ø-Tones
designed by Laura Meseguer

8 Styles

4 Styles: Roman, Rustic, Uncial, Brutalist
2 Weights: Regular, Bold

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

License starting

below $60 (one style)
below $350 (bundle)

Specialty

A uniquely beautiful stencil typeface that pairs historic, calligraphic vibes with a contemporary touch, coming in four different flavors.

My thoughts on Ella

The expressive stencil typeface Ella takes you on an exciting trip to the development of the Roman script. Oh no, history! So booooring! Well, not with this font. Between the first and ninth century, there were three dominant capital alphabets, all with a unique flavor. The one you’re most familiar with is Capitalis Quadrata, which is very geometric and developed into the classic roman type. Capitalis Rustica has narrower, more casual letter shapes, while Uncial is quite rounded, also showing ascenders and descenders.

Roman, based on square capitals, 1–5 century, geometric.
Rustic, based on rustic capitals,
1–5 century, narrow.
Uncial, based on Uncial, 4–9 century, rounded. All with different capitals.
Ella shows the different capital styles that mirror the evolution of the Roman script
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What about the lowercase? Learn about it in the September Font Friday Video Digest!

Now while Ella Roman, Rustic and Uncial share the same lower case alphabet, the fourth style, Ella Brutalist takes a different direction. It turns more into a black letter script. Some letter shapes change (a, g), everything is a bit looser, and the strokes become more energetic. It is clearly the most daring style and my favorite among the four.

Brutalist is another expressive style, that reminds me of a Textura. Compared to the other three, it has a different, more energetic and more fragmented lower case.
The lower case alphabet of Ella Brutalist is more expressive. Also, letters like the lower case a and g differ, compared to the other styles.

The special thing with Ella is, that all these script styles were put together into a unique and beautiful stencil typeface. This gives it a contemporary touch, highlighting the modularity of calligraphy, and emphasizing the beauty of contrast, especially with the bold weights. It also makes it possible to combine them for appealing posters, cover designs or headlines.

Ella Brutalist: These different styles alone are beautiful.
Ella Rustic: But real magic happens,
when pairing them.
Ella Uncial: To become something so special.
It’s the combination of variety and similarity that makes Ella ideal for expressive display text.

No wonder that Ella got the TDC’s Certificate of Typographic Excellence. If you want to dive more into the development of the history on scripts, I recommend to you this concise summary that gives you a great overview.

Recommended Font Pairing

If you are looking for a similar, dynamic typeface for your body text, choose edgy Piazzolla or a bit softer Rowan.

Learn more about pairing typefaces using the Font Matrix.


How do you like Ella? Or do you know another brilliant stencil font I should feature? Share it with me in the comments below!

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Edition #133, published

4 Comments

  1. My thoughts on Ella: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqd9lzMP1V8

    Just kidding, Oliveeerr CONGRATULATIONS on the website revamp 😍🙌🏻 My dream finally came true. Oh, now even laymen to whom I share your blog can easily navigate through it. Perfect. Onto Ella…

    Roman it is. Looking from a distance, it’s an art itself, I see it in the headings of some magazine cover. It’d be great for tattoo too.
    Brutalist🤔Do you remember The Flintstones? Yep, Brutalist & Flinstones, for your tree girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL7beNWNLEQ

    1. Thank you, Jana! These are some very diverse video links 😅. I loved the Flintstones, watching the intro again brought back childhood memories …

  2. Nice find as usual, Oliver. Wish I had something to justify Uncial — ascenders, descenders, and the D is the cherry.

    P.S. Is there anything Rowan doesn’t go with? It’s one of those “Free? Pinch me” fonts.

    1. It’s lovely, Jeremy, isn’t it? And agreed, Rowan is very versatile. I’m sure there will be cases where it’s not working, like when you pair it with something that is very similar but different, like Self Modern 😉.

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