The typeface was commissioned for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in 2008; Today Sueca is the design DNA of Svenska Dagbladet, the one thing that give all different products of Svenska Dagbladet a clear connection.
I was invited to speak in Stockholm, the 7th of december, 2016, about »Sueca« and my design for Svenska Dagbladet, where I was Creative Director between 2003-2013, so I decided to also update my blog, here, about my work.
It was a big step and decision to decide to develop a customised typeface but it was also the engine, the main inspiration for the whole design, in the redesign project to be launched 2009 and in the following years developments. My aim with the new type design was to make SvD more unique, with a clear visual identity that stood out. SvD has always been known for it’s sharp and intelligent style of writing and what could be a better way to express the quality of words than with a quality typeface?
Sueca (‘Swedish’ in Portugese) is a complex typeface that includes serif, sans and slab versions, but what sets it apart from other superfamilies is that each version was designed independently from the others, rather than being a derivation.
SvD was early, with an introduction of a web version of the customised Sueca, already in 2011.
In 2015, I was consulted by Svenska Dagbladet for the new responsive site (svd.se) and type design. My role was to direct the design of all headlines and to direct the new webversion of Sueca. The new webversion of Sueca was hinted* by Göran Söderström at ’Letters from
Typeface designer: Mário Feliciano, Feliciano Typeface Foundry, Lisbon, Portugal.
* The black art of hinting
Sueca was chosen for the issue 80 of Eye, 2011, a british design magazine specialised on typography. Sueca is also presented in the Swedish book: »Strindbergs lilla Röda«, 2019.
Anna Thurfjell held speech on Sueca for the Society for news design Scandinavia at the black diamond, 2011, Copenhagen and for Cap&Design at Berns, Stockholm in 2012.
Anna Thurfjell has been awarded for her work with Svenska Dagbladet by GYF, Sweden 2011, and multiple times by the Society for news design, Society for news design Scandinavia and European newspaper award.