Schotis Text

TheSchotis’s story began in 2014. Ramón Penela, founder of Unostiposduros and a dear friend, had long wanted to make a type the both of us together. Together means I’m the doer and he puts the theoretical approach, and that means he doesn’t work at all. It’s just the Ramón way!

I told him of course, because I never say no to Ramon. But deep down I hoped that the matter would be forgotten since I did not really like working for months or years in another person’s idea.

But Ramon did not forget, and one day he sent me a huge emailwith a proposal: we are going to do a Scotch Roman, and he sent me specimens and texts so that I would be soaking up this style and its history.

Printing Types. Stephenson Blake & Co. Ltd.

The Scotch Romans are a strange case in the history of typography. Although they were one of the most used letters during the 19th and early 20th century, they don’t have their own place in the main typographical classifications.

They appeared at the beginning of the 19th century with Pica No. 2 in the catalog of William Miller (1813) and assumed the British route towards high contrast and vertical axis modern romans. In fact, they were called just Modern. In opposition to the continental route of Fournier, Didot, and Bodoni, the English way opted for a wider, more legible letter also resistant to bad printing conditions.

Perhaps because it was immensely popular and used in cheap printed matters —the same that William Morris roared against—, the typographic historical canon somehow ignored the Scotch and the modern continental Romans took all credit. They even baptized the style as Didones (Didot + Bodoni). All this history makes the Scotch Romans a less known style and, to a certain extent, with few digital versions compared to its European cousins.
I liked this story of the misunderstood type style, even some formal features of the Scotch were in other of my types. But to start a project I need something that makes it mine, that would give me fuel for months or years. A mental click that forces you to make that typeface, and usually that has to do with the possibility of nice letters and / or big laughs.

There were two coincidences that convinced me that I had to do this typeface. The first one was the finding of an old book in Madrid’s flea market: Diccionario de argot español (Spanish Slang Dictionary). It was a hilarious wonder-book found among a collection of clumsy early-20th century books, that, of course, was composed in a Scotch face. Seeing that the majority of the slang I use today is a century years old at least, somehow connected me with the book and with the fantastic look of those letters printed in the yellowish pulp paper. Even the book was printed on Molas street in Barcelona, that also means You’re Cool street in slang!

The second thing that convinced me to do the typeface had to do with the name. For me, a good name brings a lot to the character of a typeface.  In this case, any name related to Scotland would inevitably be a not very original googled cliché. Then I remembered an information that few people know (until now).

At the end of 19th century, there was a trendy high society dance called the Scottish. In several parts of the world that dance reached the popular classes that transformed the dancing and its music in different ways. In Madrid, its name became Spanglish and it was changed to schotis. Now it is known simply as chotis, a kind of slow dance whose lyrics deal with pimps and girls.

The coincidence between the scotch roman and the slang and popular dance of my city were, to me, so amusing that I simply couldn’t say no to this typeface. And this is how Schotis started.

Three years later, here is Schotis Text, a true workhorse suitable for editorial uses a wide arrange of Latin based languages.

I have avoided the exaggerated crispy shapes and contrast of the 19th century Scotch Romans to achieve a modern look and better legibility at small sizes, leaving the fun drawing for the next Schotis Display.

Diccionario de argot español. Manuales Soler.
Old schotis score.
Test art festival catalogues. Design: Plom! Gràfic

Schotis Text has seven weights with matching italics. Each weight has more than 1,000 glyphs.


Schotis Text is suitable for small and reading text sizes. Schotis Display for bigger sizes will be available soon.


Schotis Text has an extended character set for European languages as well as Vietnamese, and shows all its potential with OpenType-savvy applications. Every font includes small caps, ligatures, old style, lining, proportional and tabular figures, superscript, subscript, numerators, denominators, and fractions.


Schotis Text is distributed exclusively by Fontstore, a brand new font distributor.
You can buy the whole family, individual fonts, or subscribe to Fontstore monthly plan.



Schotis Text Light

¡Alcalde, todos somos contingentes!

Schotis Text Light Italic

I swallowed my little book of calm!

Schotis Text Book

¿Atopasti lo que tabes buscando?

Schotis Text Book Italic

Það er rúsínan í pylsuendanum

Schotis Text Regular

um den heißen Brei herumreden

Schotis Text Regular Italic

Achteraf kijk je een koe in z’n kont!

Schotis Text SemiBold

Mettere la pulce nell’orecchio

Schotis Text SemiBold Italic

Aller se faire cuire un œuf

Schotis Text Bold

¡Viva el mal! ¡Viva el capital!

Schotis Text Bold Italic

I’ll travel from Main to Mexico

Schotis Text Black

Jeg har lært dansk i en måned

Schotis Text Black Italic

mony a mickle maks a muckle!

Schotis Text Heavy

Ya si eso te llamo con lo que sea

Schotis Text Heavy Italic

Awright muckers!

Character Set

Uppercase, lowercase & figures




Diacritics and foreign characters set



Small capitals


0123456789 (@)[$]{€}-¿&?¡£!

Quotes, punctuation & symbols

#*\·•:;,.… ¡!¿?”’/_{—}[–](-)«»‹›„“”‘’‚


Standard ligatures

mafia flash raffle fähigkeiten

Discretional ligatures

The misty cactus

Alternate characters in stylistic sets

fagen leñe / fagen leñe

Small Caps

En un lugar (de la Marcha)

Case sensitive forms

¿QUÉ? (DIGA 33)

Localized forms

Diyarbakır caŀligrafia

Old style & lining figures

654$ + 67%  / 654$ + 67%

Tabular lining & old style figures


Numerators, denominators & fractions

01234/56789 756/1983

Superscript & subscript

H2O n(x+34) 3ème 2nd


Try me!

maybe in a medium size?



Let’s funk

The schottische is a partnered country dance, that apparently originated in Bohemia. It was popular in Victorian era ballrooms as a part of the Bohemian folk-dance craze and left its traces in folk music of countries such as argentinian chotis, finnish jenkka, french, italian & norwegian reinlender, portuguese and brazilian xote or chotiça, spanish chotis, swedish or danish schottis, mexican norteño and in the United States, among other nations. The schottische is considered by The Oxford Companion to Music to be a kind of slower polka, with continental-European origin. The schottische basic step is made up of two sidesteps to the left and right, followed by a turn in four steps.


Il chotis è un tipo di musica e ballo tipico di Madrid, (Spagna). Sebbene l’introduzione di questo ballo sia relativamente recente (si dice sia stato ballato per la prima volta nel Palazzo reale di Madrid la sera del 3 novembre 1850) ha saputo diffondersi rapidamente in tutti gli strati della popolazione arrivando a diventare la danza tipica della città, celebrato in tutte le sue verbene.

Il suo nome deriva dal termine tedesco “Schottisch” (scozzese), una danza centro-europea di origine boema, le cui radici sono state individuate in un ballo scozzese. Il chotis fu di gran moda in tutta Europa nel XIX secolo. Si balla in coppia, faccia a faccia, accompagnati dalla musica di un Organo a rullo; secondo il giornalista José Ayala il chotis e l’organillo furono introdotti a Madrid da un immigrato siciliano di nome Antonio Apruzzesse che a sua volta li aveva conosciuti a Vienna.

Durante il ballo l’uomo tiene la sinistra la mano della donna mentre con la destra le cinge il fianco o la tiene nella propria tasca; la donna quindi balla girando intorno all’uomo, che invece gira su sé stesso senza spostarsi restando coi piedi uniti, il peso sulle punte e lo sguardo in avanti, si dice che per il chotis l’uomo non dovrebbe aver bisogno di più spazio di quello di una mattonella; la musica indica poi quando cambiare il senso del giro e quando fare tre passi indietro e tre passi avanti, per poi ricominciare a girare. Le donne normalmente ballano indossando uno scialle di Manila, mentre gli uomini portano una parpusa, il tipico copricapo madrileno simile alla coppola.

See you!