Gustavo Ferreira Appointed Director Of InfraStruction At FontStruct

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News | Yves Peters | June 17, 2009

Great news for users and fans of FontStruct. FontShop has appointed Gustavo Ferreira as Product Manager for its recently awarded online free font-building tool. Gustavo Ferreira is a designer specialised in digital type design and typography, but whose interests encompasses a variety of other areas that influence his design work in one way or another. He joins Rob Meek who will now be able to concentrate more on the inner workings of FontStruct, and on further improving the website. FontStruct users will have noticed Gustavo already took over the reins of most of support and communication, set up the FontStruct Twitter account, and he will soon introduce himself on Brick by Brick: News about FontStruct.

A native from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Gustavo Ferreira has lived in many other places (Brasília, Manaus, São Paulo, Cologne, Hamburg, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Den Haag). Living in different cultures taught him from an early age to look at things from many different angles simultaneously. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, and German, and is currently learning Dutch.

Tipografia Quântica | Presentation on type for digital screens and two case studies: the Elementar bitmap font system and Quantica, a TrueType-hinted outline font.
Senac-Lapa, São Paulo, Brazil, February 2007

Gustavo received a Bachelor degree in Graphic and Product Design at Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial – ESDI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Masters degree in Communication, Planning and Design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany , and another one in Type design and typography at Type&Media at the Royal Academy of Arts – KABK, The Hague, The Netherlands.

He has given type design workshops, and done presentations on free & open-source fonts, with details about the design of the custom type family for the University of Brasília (UnB) and its further development, the type-family Publica (Tipografia Pública); on type for digital screens, with two case studies: the Elementar bitmap font system and Quantica, a TrueType-hinted outline font (Tipografia Quântica); on an experiment in automating the Elementar Method, together with Frederik Berlaen at the RoboThon Conference, The Hague, April 2005 (Elementar Synthetic); and on a parametric bitmap font system designed to offer more typographic flexibility on digital screens at the ATypI Conference, Helsinki, September 2005 (Elementar, a flexible bitmap font system).

Elementar, a flexible bitmap font system | Presentation on Elementar, a parametric bitmap font system designed to offer more typographic flexibility on digital screens.
ATypI Conference, Helsinki, September 2005

During the last 5 years Gustavo has been developing a set of flexible type families – Elementar, Quantica, Publica, Mechanica, Geometrica, Amazonica, Synthetica and Jornalistica. He is currently finishing these families and preparing to launch his digital type foundry Hipertipo. His Elementar bitmap font system will be released through Typotheque. Besides his personal typographic projects Gustavo works on lettering, type design and font production jobs for specific clients. Gustavo currently lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Gustavo Ferreira’s experience in modular bitmap type design and his Master degree in Type design and typography make him the ideal Director of InfraStructure for FontStruct. As he says himself:

In Grid We Trust.

Welcome, Gustavo.

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  1. Wow! Great news!!!
    Congrats Gustavo!

    Posted by Henrique Nardi on Jun. 17, 2009
  2. Amazing!
    Congratz. Gustavo! You are the man!

    Posted by Daniel Campos on Jun. 18, 2009
  3. “In Grid We Trust.”

    Yes, indeed. :D

    Posted by mk2 on Jun. 18, 2009
  4. He has lived in “Brasilia”? I guess saying Brazil is just too pedestrian. The whole post is like an overly affected typeface.

    Posted by christopher on Jun. 18, 2009
  5. Felicidades Gustavo

    Posted by Paco Calles on Jun. 18, 2009
  6. Brasília is the capital of Brazil. Better check your facts before mouthing off. Not so smart now, are we? :P

    Posted by Yves Peters on Jun. 18, 2009
  7. “In Grid We Trust”

    We need a t-shirt with that, pronto.

    Welcome aboard Gustavo. Great job title.

    Posted by John Skelton on Jun. 18, 2009
  8. Great news. Congrats Gustavo!

    É nóis, mano! hehehe

    Posted by Tom Marques on Jun. 18, 2009
  9. Congrats, Brother!
    vamo q vamo…

    Posted by Leonardo Iaccarino on Jun. 18, 2009
  10. Parabéns Brow!!

    Just got to say! “One day, it got to be, the payday! Seen”

    Torcendo por ti daqui!

    Posted by WIlliam o Brother on Jun. 18, 2009
  11. Love to meet up while I’m in Amsterdam until July 7.
    Any chance Gustavo? Please let me know.

    Posted by Niko Spelbrink on Jun. 19, 2009
  12. great news, gustavo! i know you will succeed in anything you do because of your determination and competence, but anyway i wish you all the best in your new position.

    Posted by gabriel patrocinio on Jun. 21, 2009
  13. Congratulations, Gustavo! For your effort, for your competence and for the results of your wonderful work. Thank you for inspiring us all!

    Posted by Rico Bacellar on Jun. 21, 2009
  14. aêêê! enchendo a gente de orgulho!

    Posted by maria clara rezende on Jun. 22, 2009
  15. Thanks everyone for the positive vibration! :-) and thanks Yves for posting.

    @niko: Sure, just send me an email.

    See you all on FontStruct.

    Posted by Gustavo Ferreira on Jun. 22, 2009
  16. Congratulations Gustavo! I do believe you’re the best for this job position.


    Guilherme Capilé

    Posted by Guilherme Capilé on Jun. 22, 2009
  17. Great news Gustavo! I didn’t knew you have already moved to Amsterdam. I wish you all good luck on your new home, on your new job. I’m sure you’ll be great, as compentent as you are.

    I’ll miss you here though. It was always nice talking to you man. Keep in touch.

    grande abraço

    Posted by Mauro Pinheiro on Jun. 22, 2009
  18. Gustavo, I’m very happy with the news and so should be FontStruct.

    Posted by Giovana Vaz on Jun. 22, 2009
  19. Hey Gustavo! Congratulations! What great news to find in my reader this Monday morning! FontShop is lucky to have you on board.

    All the best,

    -Eric Viv (S.G. ’02-’03)

    Posted by Eric Viv on Jun. 22, 2009
  20. doooooooooooooon!

    Posted by leo on Jun. 22, 2009
  21. Wow!
    I’m happy you have to great opportunity!
    Nice to see a pict of you working and recordnize you like in Gmuend!

    A big hug and I hope to see you soon.


    Posted by Valeria on Jun. 22, 2009
  22. Sinto muito orgulho e alegria de saber do seu sucesso Que Deus o abençoe sempre, dando-lhe saúde,alegria, tranquilidade e força de vontade, para superar os desafios e a saudade de casa… Parabéns Gu… Quem sai aos seus, não Muito amor e pensamentos positivos para as suas conquistas
    Tia valéria

    Posted by Valéria Aureo on Jun. 30, 2009
  23. Parabéns cara.

    Posted by Hubert Fonseca on Jun. 30, 2009
  24. Parabéns, filho querido. Você está colhendo os frutos de uma longa e difícil semeadura. Sua determinação em busca dos seus sonhos começa a ser recompensada. I am the proudest man on the Earth. Desejo-lhe continuado êxito nessa carreira que você abraçou.
    Forte abraço,
    Marco Polo

    Posted by Marco Polo Áureo on Jun. 30, 2009
  25. I’m very proud of your success!

    Posted by Decarlo Áureo on Jun. 30, 2009
  26. Que orguuuulho!!!
    Parabéns,filho! Vc foi determinado na busca dos seus sonhos e trabalhou muito pra alcançá-los! Orgulhe-se disso e curta muuuuito!!!
    Todo o meu amor,

    Posted by Lina de Souza on Jun. 30, 2009
  27. Seus tios Nely e Arlindo têm orgulho de você. Um tal de Ruy Barbosa fez sucesso em Haia. Agora temos você. Um Hiperexito!

    Posted by Nely e Arlindo on Jul. 1, 2009
  28. Meu dindo querido!Meu coração está explodindo de tanto orgulho!As coisas só acontecem na vida da gente qdo. elas querem e não qdo. queremos…E a hora chegou!!!!Te amamos muito! Seja feliz q vc merece!Dinda e cia.

    Posted by Marisa de Pinho Ferreira on Jul. 1, 2009
  29. congratulations gustavo! With your skills plus the good eye for the detail.. you’re the one! best – m

    Posted by mareike on Jul. 2, 2009
  30. This is wonderful news. A great tpyographer and designer is on his most promising professional way. Congratulations Gustavo!

    Posted by ulrich schendzielorz on Jul. 2, 2009
  31. ¡Parabéns, Gustavo!

    Posted by Pablo Cosgaya on Jul. 5, 2009
  32. Parabéns, Gustavo!

    Vou mandar o link pro Marquinhos!

    Abraço grande!!

    Posted by Chris Calvet on Jul. 13, 2009
  33. Congrats, Gustavo!!!
    You believed on it and worked hard for it.
    Keep focused and enjoy your moment.
    Take care

    Posted by Pedro Monte on Jul. 16, 2009
  34. Gustavo, congratulations!

    Posted by Ilya Ruderman on Jul. 25, 2009
  35. Parabéns Gustavo!

    Abraço de Portugal ;)
    Vítor Quelhas

    Posted by Vítor Quelhas on Jul. 29, 2009
  36. Congratulations Gustavo!

    Your name is my name too. I won’t put my name here because they’ll confond me with you. I’m proud of you, your fonts, your success and all Brazilian typefaces and typedesigners! I’m proud of being Brazilian!

    Not only Gustavo Ferreira, Yomar Augusto is another Brazilian tyedesigner who designed a font Adidas for World Cup 2010!

    Long Live Brazil!
    Viva o Brasil!

    Posted by Benedito Reis on May. 8, 2010

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