Motivated by my love for the pixel I designed Bitter. A "contemporary" slab serif typeface for text, it is specially designed for comfortably reading on any computer or device. The robust design started from the austerity of the pixel grid, based on rational rather than emotional principles. It combines the large x-heights and legibility of the humanistic tradition with subtle characteristics in the characters that inject a certain rhythm to flowing texts.
Bitter has little variation in stroke weight and the Regular is thicker than a normal ‘Regular’ style for print design. This generates an intense color in paragraphs, accentuated by the serifs that are as thick as strokes with square terminals.
Each glyph is carefully designed with an excellent curve quality added to the first stage of the design, that was entirely made in a pixel grid. The typeface is balanced and manually spaced to use very few kerning pairs, especially important for web font use since most browsers do not currently support this feature.
Dambleé Brasserie. The studio was commissioned to design the new branding for the brasserie.
Clásica Victoria, the prestigious patisserie in Buenos Aires approached the studio to improve the already existing logotype. After that we designed packagings, boards, stationery, postcards, patterns and promotional emails.
The project was funded by Google, being led by Mooniak, a collaborative collective of designers based in Colombo Sri Lanka with the cooperation of Mr. Pushpananda Ekanayake, the designer of the FM Abhaya font and Sol Matas as the Latin designer. For Moonaik, Pathum Egodawatta and Ayantha Randika contributed to the project in consulting, managing and Opentype engineering.
The Latin set was inspired by the style of the original Sinhala, with the notable inherent contrast in between thick and thin strokes, was modified to tally with the visualization logics of Latin typefaces. The ductus references according to the lines of a Didone typeface add some Sinhala forms to certain terminations.
During the month of February 2016, Alphabettes contributors opened their minds and hearts to create the Love Letters series.
«Sol Loves Antique Rubber Stamps»
You can see the studio contribution here.
Accademia della Pizza is a branch with many restaurants in Buenos Aires,
Exedra is a traditional Cafe at one of the most traditional corners of Buenos Aires. The client commissioned the studio to create the new branding for the re-openning of the place. We designed the menu, crockery, packagings, boards, sign making, promotional posters and stationery.
The project is led by designers of Mooniak, the collaborative collective of creatives based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sol Matas contributed Latin design. Initial development and release of font project is funded by Google Fonts.
The x-height of Latin is generous, and has short ascenders and descenders, increasing the space efficiency. It has a somewhat neutral personality with a touch of soft and smooth curves that add some whimsy.
yanna Narrow will perform well when used in headlines, subheads and shorter text blocks such as pull quotes.
London City is a traditional Cafe at one of the most famous corners of Buenos Aires. The client commissioned the studio to create the new branding for the re-openning of the place. We designed the menu, shopwindows, packagings, boards, sign making, promotional posters and stationery.
POP Hotel is the first Budget Boutique Hotel in Buenos Aires. Colorful and pop design.
Own hotels is a branch of boutique hotels situated in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay).
Gemunu Libre comes in 5 weights from ExtraLight to ExtraBold. Each font supports the complete Sinhala script and includes a Latin typeface designed by Sol Matas to match the Sinhala. The Latin design shares the modular and slightly condensed construction as the letterforms are based on a square shape with rounded corners and a large x-height.
The project was funded by Google Fonts and led by Mooniak, a collaborative collective of designers based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It began with the cooperation of Mr. Pushpananda Ekanayake, the designer of the FM Gemunu font, and continued with the international collaboration with Sol Matas as the Latin designer.
Volta is of the most well-known ice cream shop chains in Buenos Aires.
The client commissioned the studio to design a new image for a new branch. They were looking for a cheerful new design for the shop with the already existing logotype. We designed the menu, leaflets, promotional material, general signs and toilets signs.