Iconic
Iconic

Conjuring memories of chunky typefaces from the late-60s and early-70s, and named after the world’s greatest footballer of that and probably any other era, FS Pele is one of a set of Fontsmith fonts designed specifically for headlines and other prominent applications.

“We wanted to create fonts that could be integral to the design of posters, album covers and magazines,” says Jason Smith.

Welcome to FS Pele, iconic, like its namesake (though, perhaps, a little less nimble).

Iconic
Big Pele, little Pele
Big Pele, little Pele

There was only one Pele. But there are two sizes of FS Pele. FS Pele One, with the finer counters and details, adds considerable weight and style at large sizes, especially in big block headlines on posters.

FS Pele Two’s thicker “slots” make it a better choice for smaller-sized text.

Big Pele, little Pele
A load of blocks
A load of blocks

FS Pele began as an exercise by Phil Garnham in turning squares into legible letters, via the least means necessary. The idea extended his ideas about logo-making, and the search for a stamp-like brand mark that lends authority, stability and instant identification.

“The thought that the type was a 2D/3D jigsaw of slotted, architectural pieces was almost an after-thought. I wanted to create a strong, stacking, block aesthetic for the most contemporary poster design.

“At the time there were a lot of designers creating their own versions of the same thing but I wanted to take the blocker forms to the next step, and infer a more legible text without sacrificing the idea.”

Phil Garnham
A load of blocks
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