Schron Poltawski is typeface revival designed by Beatriz Fernandes, Joana Teixeira, and Margarida Silva, for the Type Design course in 2022, under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Amado.
For the second and final group assignment, students in the Type Design course must research and design a revival of a text typeface.
This font is the result of an academic project of the Curricular Unit of Type Design (from the Master in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects, FBAUP), where an original typeface was required that was a contemporary revival of a font that already existed before the 1970s. The selected reference was Antykwa Półtawskiego by Adam Półtawski (1881—1952), designed in 1923—28 to represent Polish ideals. His design considered characters frequently used in Polish, the ‘w’, ‘y’, ‘z’, and the ‘l’ slash.
The reason for our choice was initially related to the unusual shape of the original font, and then to the history it carried.
Our intervention is, conceptually, in line with Poland’s current position in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, characterizing itself as a country that welcomes and protects war refugees.
Thus, the ideal of defense armor is materialized in the form of the letters we create. The result is its humanistic form, inspired by the original font, this time with faceted contours to evoke the Polish stance as a safe haven. Schron Poltawski is our tribute.Adapted excerpt(s) and images from the final typeface group presentation