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César Puertas is currently a teacher of Typography and Type Design at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He owns a Master in Type Design from the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) and is co-founder and active member of ADG Colombia (Colombian Association of Graphic Designers). César is also an associate member and country delegate of ATypI, co-organiser of the biennal Letras Latinas 2006 and Tipos Latinos 2008 (jury member at Tipos Latinos 2010), as well as speaker, lecturer and consultant on Typography and Type Design.

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Legitima Typeface: An Experience Of Fossils And Revivals

Just as living species depend on mutation and adaptation to survive, typefaces too depend on their features to optimize the performance of text in a given environment. This principle seems to determine, in a way, the degree of failure or success that printing types (old and new) have in the physical world.

Legitima: An Experience Of Fossils And Revivals

Typeface revivals (i.e. old typefaces beautiful enough to see a second digital life) are a virtually never-ending source of inspiration, as well as a good opportunity for graphic designers to learn some history. After taking part in the practice, I can say without doubt that the similarities between this process and the work of palaeontologists when reconstructing the appearance of dinosaurs and other extinct animals from fossils are striking.

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