Letter Island is a small, young typeface foundry located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. Matthias Beck, in collaboration with Lars Petter Amundsen, has created a digital version of the two lead fonts Graciosa and Graciosa Gris, originally designed by Carl Winkow for the Richard Gans Foundry Madrid in 1922.
As trained and vocational graphic designers, we share the passion for typography and experimental work in our letterpress workshop Tipos en su tinta. Among the old lead and wood typefaces that we have recovered in these years of searching,we have a particular fondness for an old drawer of lead letters with a typography called Graciosa Gris.
While researching the history of this typography, we discovered the dossier “Carl Winkow. Typographer 1892-1952”, written by Unos tipos duros. Matthias, as a german living in Spain, showed interest in the life and work of Carl Winkow for Richard Gans Foundry. As we discovered the history of these fonts, we recovered a full chivalete of old lead typefaces in an old printing press in Tenerife, and among them, a great treasure for us: 10 drawers of Graciosa and Graciosa Gris in all sizes.
The redesign, drawing and development into new symbols for internationalization and adequacy for a wide range of languages is the first and exciting project of Letter Island.
Former lead fonts created in Spain and almost forgotten, acquired now a new life. The rise of new information technology opens a new field for these sources and allows us to expand their function indefinitely, creating new ways to use them, while democratizing by making them accessible.
We distribute these typographic redesigns directly through this web page to share this treasure with you all.