“There aren’t many indigenous typefaces from the English-speaking Caribbean; barely any in fact. There is a kind of vernacular around handwritten signs, one of which was created by our Managing Partner Marlon Darbeau’s work for Alice Yard; more recently with digitisation projects such as the Fete Signs project by the talented duo of Kriston Chen and our own Agyei Archer. Contemporary typography doesn’t so much originate here; looking for a typeface that is ‘authentically Caribbean’ really means looking elsewhere.
What we do have are legacy faces; echoes of systems and powers that have long departed, quietly reminding us of the past.
The shared history of the English-speaking Caribbean means that there are similarities in style across the region. One can in particular find a loose group of typefaces that seems to speak of empire, of order, of plain protestant authority.”
Taken from Abovegroup’s blog about rebuilding their identity. I just love the idea of a new, font of Caribbean origin.