Maragsa is a free display font, a semi-serif typeface that owes its form to one of the accent marks used as a guide to the correct pronunciation of Filipino words—the pakupyâ accent—whose tapered tips heralded the sharp edges, hastily-flowing strokes, and abrupt cuts in the characters, similar to the manner words with the stress should be spoken. One of the perks of growing up in the Visayas is being able to understand a variety of regional vernaculars along with the national language Filipino, which is largely based on the tongue of the Tagalog people in Luzon. I wanted this maragsa font project to be inclusive and showcase the beauty of other local languages as well through accented glyphs.Building this maragsa font project has caused me to unearth memories of fleeting moments, frozen in snapshots that have been piling up in my phone, like a moving vehicle being stopped by its brakes, like the pakupyâ concluding the delivery of a word with an impit.
From simply being a typography enthusiast, to crafting my first-ever font, this type specimen has become more of a diary, a learning experience that I enjoyed and intend to cherish. The same way I had fun producing this raw typeface, I hope that you’ll also grow to love using Maragsâ on your next project. —Jad. Designed by John David Maza. Loving maragsa font? Share it with your friends or donate via Gumroad.
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