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This typeface is only an useless and funny experiment, and I did it because the usual mix of ideas and motivations that drive me to make typefaces.
First of all, I had this stupid idea of joking about modular fonts taking pictures of cutting pieces of chorizo, an spicy spanish sausage with a curvy form well suited for that purpose.
Second, I had printed with chromatic wooden type in our letterpress workshop and liked the idea of making a color digital typeface.
Also, I’m part of a group of typeheads called Lletraferits (wounded by letters). We met every spring in a big countryside house for have fun eating, drinking and talking about typography. Every member can make a little lecture about anything, and sometimes type designers show spoilers of their future releases. That year I wanted to make some weird lecture to a bunch of semi drunk colleagues, but I needed a theme.
So, I had that Eureka moment: The chorizo idea could be a digital typeface and It would need shadows and colors so I would learn about multilayered type in a very simple way.
And, most important, Chorizo means Thief in informal spanish, and in that moment Spain’s politics was ravaged by corruption (and still is), so I though in a Lletraferits lecture talking about a my next typeface showing those slides with big names of politicians and that was enough for me to start drawing.
So that’s my real motivation about type, I just like to have fun.
Choriza has three weights, the background color, the overlay shadow and the outline.
The character set is very complete. Enough for most european languages.
Choriza is kind of a superfamily. Serif & Sans!