Maledetto was firstly devised as an experiment during the Type Hack workshop led by Fraser Muggeridge at London's Typography Summer School 2015. Participants were assigned a random sound piece from the Avant-garde sound archive UBU WEB and tasked with performing a swift hack of an existing typeface as a visual representation of the phonic work. Developing from a quick redraw of existing typeface, Mr Eaves Modern Sans Regular by Zuzana Licko, a number of six basic alterations is then applied to it. This "type hacking" formed the starting point for the creation of the new typeface Maledetto.
Maledetto (italian for "cursed") is a direct reference to the experimental sound piece Lingua II: Maledetto by Kenneth Gaburo. In this piece, seven virtuoso speakers progressively layer their respective voices and speeches. As polyvocalism and sound effects such as varying tempi or syncopation intensify, the piece grows into a tormented almost suffocating (para-) language composition.
This typeface design is a graphic interpretation of Gaburo's experiment in compositional linguistics—music as language and language as music. The six basic modifications pile up over the original weight, making a family of seven with a set of glyphs becoming increasingly less discernible. This multi-layered typeface also allows for many more individual combinations to challenge legibility even further.