Masqualero

Introducing Masqualero, the new typeface by Jim Ford. Buy it now – Eight weights plus two display styles – or subscribe to the Monotype Library and make every project unique with unlimited access to over 2,200 of the world’s most recognized font families for just $9.99/month with an annual subscription.

It’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play.

Inside a small car in a white-out snowstorm, somewhere on Route 14 from Chicago into Wisconsin, Miles Davis is blowing from the speakers: a loose, snaking, searching tune of ebbs and flows and magical interactions, open to possibilities. The driver, weary from his early morning white-knuckle ride, pulls over and listens. He hits repeat. As he gazes into the blizzard, a word takes shape in his mind, in letters bold and sculptural: ‘Masqualero’.


Years after Jim Ford finally made it home and sketched out the word for the first time, his magnum opus is with us. Masqualero is a tribute to Miles Davis in letterforms that are as enigmatic and complex as the so-called Prince of Darkness himself and the 1967 composition whose name they share. Cool, contradictory, still, restless, dark and flamboyant, illuminated by scintillating serifs and brilliant corners.


‘I approached drawing the letters as if they were marble sculptures,’ says Ford. ‘Many sharp, black, modern sculptures filling a large park … I was aiming for the highest level of detail, quality and sophistication that I could make, as if it really was for Miles.’ Masqualero, he adds, is ‘for the finer things. It dresses up words. It’s the black tuxedo or stiletto heel’.


Choose from eight weights, from Light to ExtraBlack, with five in italics, plus the all-caps STENCIL (based on DemiBold) and in-line GROOVE (based on ExtraBlack).

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About Jim Ford. Jim Ford is a visual artist and designer from Chicago. Jim works predominantly in type design, but includes custom lettering, art and illustration in his growing portfolio. He has designed custom typefaces for agencies, corporations, publishers, software and hardware manufacturers, video games, devices, you name it! In addition to customer-driven work, Jim also has a wealth of original typeface designs, ranging from traditional text faces to innovative display lettering. He studied advertising art direction and graphic design at Columbia College Chicago where he graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2005. While at Columbia, his passion for type started to take root. Jim sought out an internship with Ascender and was hired upon graduation. In 2013, Jim joined the Monotype studio as a type designer. Jim lives and works in Milwaukee, WI.