Early on during his career in graphic design, Paulo Goode had actually ignored some opportunities to branch out into the field of typography. The first came in 1998, when he initially learned the basics of the Fontographer app to create the letter set that would eventually become Carrig Rough. More than a decade passed until, in 2011, Paulo explored typography once again while creating a font for his personal identity, a type design he would later release as Torus.
It wasn’t until 2014 that Paulo really gave any consideration to typography as a source of passive income. Having read a few articles on the subject, he asked himself, “Well, what do you have in your locker?” As it turned out, quite a lot. He dug up his old Carrig files from 1998 and using the Glyphs Mini app to create a sellable typeface, he released it as Carrig Rough at the end of 2014.
“To my amazement, people started buying it, which encouraged me to create more fonts,” Paulo recalled. For the six months immediately following, his spare time was spent on expanding the family even further, resulting in Carrig Compleat, a full suite of fonts that met with a resoundingly positive response. “It was then that I realized what I wanted to be when I grew up… A lion tamer!” Paulo told us. “No, sorry, a type designer!”
For Paulo, every sale is an outstanding achievement because out of the myriad of fonts available on the market, someone chose to invest in his work. “Honestly, every sale is so gratifying and humbling, I never take it for granted,” he said. On a more personal note, he’s incredibly proud that the success of his work allowed him to become a full-time type designer within two years of starting out. While Paulo has been focused on type since November of 2016, he still enjoys taking occasional identity and branding projects to shake things up.
One of Paulo’s most recent releases is Carrig Pro, a beautifully refined and sophisticated extension of his original serif.
“As the original Carrig was my very first typeface design, there were a lot of naive mistakes within it that I wanted to correct,” Paulo explained. “The text and bold weights were particularly poor. At the time of their creation, I simply didn’t see what was wrong, but after two years of working solidly on other type designs, the errors in Carrig kind of haunted me.”
He took this as an opportunity to correct what he perceived as mistakes, while at the same time extending the usability of the typeface. Based on the original design’s sales, Paulo knew that people were already drawn toward its character and charm, so his intention was to maintain that appeal while possibly capturing a new audience through an extended character set and more dynamic capabilities.
The design process for Carrig Pro was pretty straightforward, having numerous files for all of the original Carrig fonts on hand. Importing them into the full version of Glyphs, Paulo was able to use those letters as the background base from which he could redraw every glyph. “With the techniques I’ve learned over the last two years, it came together very quickly,” he observed. The software allowed Paulo to create greater consistency between each font in the family, something he felt was lacking in the first version.
“The challenge was to retain the typeface’s personality while ironing out the inconsistencies,” he explained. “I also had to space each glyph properly; this meant that I dramatically cut down on the amount of kerning pairs within each font.” The original fonts had 400 glyphs with more than 1100 kerning pairs, yet the refined Carrig Pro, with 750 glyphs and many more features, only has 650 kerning pairs. “So I am much happier with that result, although I could probably reduce them more if I spent another week spacing and kerning… but please don’t wish that on me,” he said with a wide smile.
Paulo especially enjoyed adding the new features to Carrig, particularly the all-caps ligatures and the historical “long s” with its associated ligatures. He worked tirelessly, maintaining an intense schedule that saw him working day and night, seven days a week with very little in the way of a break, for two months straight.
Paulo’s dedication to his craft is evident throughout Carrig Pro. His attention to the finest details has resulted in a visually satisfying type design that he’s deeply proud of. Not only has he “banished the demons of the errors within the original versions,” as he said, but he’s developed an improved version for everyone who had previously purchased the Carrig fonts. “All previous purchasers of Carrig should by now be able to download ‘Carrig Basic,’ which contains the improved glyphs drawn for Carrig Pro,” Paulo told us.
Carrig Pro, while technically classed as an Antiqua, is steeped in a blend of influences that infuse it with a rich character and an alluring magnetism. The stunning architecture of Carrig Pro offers a visual sensation of history through lettering one might imagine being carved into ancient stone. That’s sort of how the font got its name, actually; in Gaelic, “Carrig” literally means “rock.”
Carrig Pro is stately and prestigious, yet it maintains an atmosphere of friendliness that is anything but intimidating. It’s a positively beautiful choice for publishing, headlines, editorials magazines, corporate communications, branding, identity, invitations, digital collages, and any project that needs a subtle, regal touch.
Available in six weights that range from Light to Black with corresponding italics for each, Carrig Pro is packed with extensive features that include capitals to small caps, fractions, denominators, numerators, oldstyle figures, stylistic alternates, small caps, and discretionary, standard, and historical ligatures. Multilingual support covers Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Romanian, Pan African Latin, Pinyin, and Basic Greek for global accessibility.
Carrig Pro is on sale for 60% off of its regular price through July 31, 2017.
Paulo told us he loved creating the promotional images for this font, particularly the Shakespearean t-shirt designs for the fictitious “Carrig Clothing Co.” If you’d like to see a more close-up view of Carrig Pro, visit http://www.carrigpro.com/ – Paulo has done a beautiful job crafting the font’s official website.
Paulo Goode currently offers nine products on his portfolio. “It’s great to have this opportunity to express myself through YouWorkForThem,” he told us. While he may consider himself to be a novice type designer, we encourage our readers to take a look at his portfolio because we’re always excited to see his new work. He’s currently working on “a new sans serif face that might see the light of day before the end of the year,” he told us. We wish him all the best and look forward to its release!