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Monotype's new lettering pays tribute to a jazz legend

Today sees the launch of Masqualero, the latest typeface from legendary type foundry Monotype (opens in new tab). Designed by Jim Ford of the Monotype Studio, this dual-natured serif typeface took its name and inspiration from a classic jazz composition by Miles Davis.

With six different weights and italics, not to mention both Stencil and Groove display weights, the Masqualero typeface has been touted by Monotype as a versatile solution that can be applied to luxury goods, mastheads, logo design (opens in new tab) and more.

The origins of the new typeface can be traced back to when Ford listened to the Davis tune from the Sorceror album. With scintillating details and brilliant corners, Ford's aim with this typeface was to reflect the complexities and contradictions of Miles Davis and his music. 

“With the Masqualero typeface, there’s never a hair out of place,” said Ford. “It’s the black tuxedo or stiletto heels – it dresses up words.” 

Explore the typeface for yourself in the gallery below, and if you like what you see, grab single weights of the Masqualero typeface from MyFonts.com (opens in new tab) and the Monotype Library Subscription (opens in new tab) from $49, or the complete six-weight family for $199. The complete typeface family will be available at half price until to 20 April 2017.

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.