The GAUDI fonts are named for the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). His visionary buildings in Barcelona are strangely biomorphic, all curves and intricate surfaces, often covered with broken-plate and -tile mosaics. Gaudí didn’t invent that folk-art form (called “trencadís” in Catalan and “pique assiette” or “picassiette” in French) but his use of it on walls, benches, sculpture, and even rooftops makes a simple craft sublime. Another wonderful example of this artform is the Maison Picassiette in Chartres by Raymond Isidore (1900-1964), though it was unknown to me when I made these fonts.
For my font, I’ve made rough-shaped letters composed of irregular-shaped tesserae (the pieces of a mosaic). I’ve also made a separate font representing the grouted space between the bits, and three other component fonts (colored red, yellow and blue in the illustration), which can be layered and colored to create custom mosaic lettering. Alternatively, make the grout layer dark for a stained-glass effect.
Each font includes capitals, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.