Published by Tipografies Nomada is diverse and delightful! Jordi Embodas and Maria Ramos, (Nomada's designers) pitch this family of intimately linked styles as an exploration through type history and geographies… Although it could equally be viewed as a journey through time.
Offering both aesthetic diversity and visual consistency the foundation of the system is Nomada Sans, a humanist typeface "infused with Latin Flair" perhaps strongest throughout the systems italics which have a sensational rhythm. Nomada's sans form is functional, elegant and carefully engineered to provide a flexible base. Available in 18 styles (9 weights and matching italics). It feels contemporary while still standing on the shoulders of iconic mid-century sans.
The serif builds on the foundations established by the sans, with another 18 styles combining characteristics of multiple typographic genres it is easy on the eye and its low contrast and generous x-height make it perfect for long from small text. As the weight increases, the forms reveal their character and charm, which are (to my eye) distinctly 17th century. And these heavier weights allowing pairings for headings and pull features in your typesetting which will grab and hold attention.
Dialling the form back a little, Nomada Slab is probably my favourite in the system, it is super legible, has the strength you’d expect from a slab but its humanist qualities make it a friendlier voice than many of the mechanistic typefaces in this category. Nomada Slab both references early industrial era faces while transcends the achyetype with modern and soft details. The slabs italics are joyous with a tempo that dances on the baseline. Nomada's Slab styles are exciting to look at but without having details that would be distracting for the reader.
Now we move further back in time from industrial categories to that crafted by hand. Nomada Incise has dramatically flared stems, oblique axis, elevated contrast and diagonal stroke endings so it strongly emulates letters cut with a chisel in stone. As you’d anticipate from this genre the proportions are dignified and classic.
Finally, the volume is pumped up on the contrast with vertical stress, ball terminals and hairline details in the Didone accompaniment. Super sophisticated, the heavyweights nod to 19th-century fat faces, and the lighter/text weights focus on sophistication and opulence while still being easily read. The italics in this set are also truly wonderful.
Selecting the right typeface is important for any text. Nomada allows you to shift tone while still communicating in a familiar voice. Each of Nomada's genre has 18 styles making 90 complimentary yet contrasting faces in the system. This gives the designer incredible flexibility while still putting the reader's comfort at the forefront.
With vast OpenType features and beautifully considered ligatures, this collection of type is a smart choice for any editorial designer. I had incredible fun testing the system out for this post and highly recommend you try and buy Nomada for yourself (if you act quickly you can take advantage of the 60% launch discount).