- Sans Serif
- Original Format
Greco Stencil is designed by Fred Smeijers and Pierre Pané-Farré, and is part of OurType’s Stencil Fonts Series of 2012.
Greco Stencil is one of three sans serifs in the Stencil Fonts Series, joining Orly Stencil and Remo Stencil. It is notionally the oldest of the three, its late ninteenth-century flavour descendant from earlier alphabets whose heavy condensed design gave words impact in narrow spaces. Their simple shapes were easy to draw on posters and signs, and their mostly identical widths made it easy to calculate their horizontal space requirements. Typefaces of this kind — and wood types in particular — proved popular, though not it seems until the 1880s when they appear in the inventories of many wood type manufacturers as uppercase-only fonts.