The Perec Family’s New Script-y Sibling

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Chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate and orange. Chocolate and chile. Seemingly inharmonious on paper but delicious in practice. We owe these delights to the taste-bud trailblazers in our midst. Like flavors, typefaces must work in concert with each other on the page, and sometimes, a divergent combination emerges outside the realm of our previous experience. And, so, Perec Scripte was born.

Designed by the South American type foundry, PampaType, Perec Scripte’s loopy, bubbly, cheerful style contrasts with its angular, linear, grotesque sans sibling. The Perec superfamily is named after the French novelist, filmmaker, and experimenter extraordinaire George Perec. It’s a fitting name given how PampaType’s design team likes to play with form, aiming for originality over easily classified.

I have always loved store signs with script style letters, especially if, while trying to evoke an existing font, it remains half hidden under the personal interpretation of the sign maker.

Alejandro Lo Celso

“Perec Scripte is part of the Perec superfamily, an ongoing project I started in 2009 as a tribute to one of my favorite authors, Georges Perec, singular writer, tireless explorer of wordplay, champion of refreshing the literary conventions of his time,” PampaType’s founder and creative director, Alejandro Lo Celso writes. “The idea of an additional script style for the Perec family was suggested by the driving force of the project itself, the invention of self-imposed challenges, in this case, how to combine within the text a script font with a sanserif grotesque.”

Even though Perec Scripte looks like a tangent, you’ll come to see the Perec system as its design team sees it: a “diverse palette of easily combinable forms.” What’s cool about Perec Script is its versatility. It’s a combination of two writing styles, bound and unbound. Through its design challenge, the results include linked and unlinked forms, six weights, a decorative version full of impact, robust linguistic support, and lots of typographic extras. It’s not only for display, either, adding a playful yet easily readable flow to body text.

Alejandro Lo Celso founded Pampa Type, Argentina’s first independent type foundry, in Cordoba in 2001. With a team that now spans from South and Central America to France and Dubai, Pampa Type prides itself on organic, handcrafted letterforms and impeccable attention to detail.

Learn more about Perec Scripte and the Perec superfamily.