Panos Gavalas and Ria Kourti – I want to talk about my pain album art
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Hey Maria, thanks so much for extending our humble but growing collection of DIY language extensions! Very cool to see how Greek designers responded to the neglect by Latin-centric type manufacturers: “If they don’t offer the latest styles for my script, well – I just make my own then!”
The typefaces on the back are Pascal Greek and (Mecanorma’s) Helvetica Medium Greek. Both are shown as two of 23 styles in the Greek section of Mecanorma’s Graphic Book 14 from 1988. For comparison: This catalog shows some 610 different styles for Latin typography. The manufacturer of dry transfer lettering sheets didn’t even bother to show the Greek faces with names: The former is labeled as “G18“ (G is for Greek, 18 is Pascal’s catalog number), the latter as “G22”.
I don’t know if Pascal Greek was designed by José Mendoza y Almeida himself, but it’s certainly possible. The monograph edited by Martin Majoor & Sébastien Morlighem and published by Ypsilon Éditeur in 2010 shows linocuts by Mendoza, documenting his interest in Greek letterforms.