Vocal Type Is at it again. Type luminary Tré Seals‘ font foundry has recently released the latest in a cache of fonts inspired by historic moments and movements, this time shedding light on typographic production during World War II. In partnership with typeface designer, font engineer, and researcher Michele Patanè of the UK-based studio CinetypeSeals brings us. VTC Garibaldi Sans Extra Condensed.
VTC Garibaldi was a collection of typefaces that were used in antifascist materials distributed during WWII. This included flyers, posters, journals and magazines. It’s named after a journal from that era called the Brigate GaribaldiThe Resistance was led by one of the most organized and largest groups. The Garibaldi Brigades aligned themselves with the Italian Communist Party. They were actively involved in the armed opposition against both German fascist and Italian forces.
These antifascist documents were produced in secret and with little money, due to the fear of discovery. VTC Garibaldi, a fondly remembered VTC, reflects on the limited resources, time and typographic skills that were available to create elaborate designs, or achieve technical uniformity. It includes classic Nebiolo typefaces, German imported typefaces, wooden type for mastheads and headlines, monospaced type, some decorative faces, as well as other types.
“The type family has been conceived as a combination of different styles that work together, giving life to a typographic palette where differences and analogies across the family are the elements that define its own nature,” reads the Vocal Type website. “The overall palette will offer a modernized toolkit of what could have been available to the printers of the Resistance during the fight for liberation from the Fascist regime that ruled Italy.”
Seals and Patanè hope to eventually release VTC Garibaldi Serif, VTC Garibaldi Mono, and a few more families. VTC Garibaldi Sans Condensed can be downloaded until then here.