The word “Andinistas” roughly translates to “people devoted to the Andes.” In Venezuela, it is the word used to describe the people who climb the slopes of Pico Bolívar, the country’s highest mountain. “We found it an interesting name because of its resonance and relationship with the unknown,” Andinistas’ founder Carlos Fabián Camargo Guerrero said in his Creative Characters interview.
One of the first designers from Colombia or Venezuela to be able to make it as a full-time type designer, Carlos’ experience of living in both places has allowed him to tap into their colorful visual cultures and bring aspects of each of them into his designs. “I am proud of both countries — they have been an inexhaustible source of ideas to me.”
He joined MyFonts in 2006, and since then, his designs have graduated from a streetwise, sassy grunge style into a series of energetic and personable scripts and display fonts. Of his professional style evolution he says, “In typeface design we can never say we have learned enough, because when looking at old classics we realize that what we need to learn is inexhaustible. We never get anything definitively.”
“Today I feel that the word Andinistas also has a valuable meaning for me personally. It’s taken long years of experience before I slowly received some recognition for my foundry, and it’s required profound conviction and the will to surpass oneself. So the word combined concepts like spectacular beauty and adventure with the idea of overcoming challenges and getting to the top with work and creative effort.”