Based in Lisbon, Natanael Gama is the graphic designer and typographer who co-founded the type foundry, Ndiscovered. It’s an aptly named studio, given that typography initially began as an entirely undiscovered creative outlet. After opening Photoshop and finding that he could dabble in design, Natanael made the decision to pursue a degree in graphic and multimedia design at Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha in Portugal.
After landing an internship in Rotterdam at Studio Roosegaarde, Natanael worked as a freelancer for some time before exploring typography on his own. At first, it was just something of a hobby, but it eventually helped to shape the course of his entire career.
Natanael’s very first font, Exo, was released in 2011 after a successful Kickstarter project and it eventually became a part of the Google Fonts Library. In fact, it is among the top 100 most-used fonts found on the internet. Following Exo’s release, Natanael would go on to continue building his own type library while also taking on commissioned type design jobs for businesses and private individuals at the same time. While some might find it difficult to take an enjoyable hobby and turn it into a full-time job without the activity feeling too much like work, Natanael has found that his passion for the field has not diminished over time. If anything, it’s only gotten stronger.
Natanael’s work has been used by international companies that include Google, Blizzard, HBO, AMG, Lego, and Netflix, and he’s also an invited teacher at Skillshare. His fonts have left their impact on graphic designs around the world, having been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and applied to a countless number of projects over the years.
In spite of having such an illustrious career, Natanael doesn’t necessarily consider himself to be particularly ambitious; he finds that this is “just the beginning, as the universe is expanding and there are yet many things to be discovered.”
Ndiscovered is a studio that crafts type designs in a variety of styles and we’re always looking forward to seeing more of their work. One of their more recent releases is Nazaré, which found its roots in a Portuguese soap package from the first half of the 20th century. What began as five uppercase letters that spell “Nazaré” would eventually be fleshed out into an entire letter set. A bit quirky in its stature, Nazaré was named after a small Portuguese fishing village that’s well known for its giant waves and peculiar people.
Nazaré is considered to be a semi-serif best used in larger display applications like signage, headlines, book covers, logos, posters, product packaging, advertisements, and flyers. It carries a distinctly vintage vibe, making it perfect for design projects that want to capitalize on a bit of retro appeal. Nazaré is a friendly semi-serif with an architecture that feels warm and familiar, like the font that was used in your favorite book as a child. The lighter weights of Nazaré are actually well suited to smaller blocks of text, including that of children’s books or educational posters for the classroom.
Nazaré is available in Regular, Medium, Semi Bold, Bold, Extra Bold, and Heavy, offering designers plenty of versatility in their projects. It includes case sensitive forms, fractions, ordinals, and standard ligatures for extra flexibility. Nazaré extends multilingual support to Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Central European, and Pan African Latin for global accessibility.
Ndiscovered currently offers nine products through YouWorkForThem, including a range of slab serifs, sans serifs, and display fonts to suit a variety of project types and themes. Visit their portfolio to view the rest of their work and bookmark it so you won’t miss out on any of their upcoming releases!