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Complete family of 17 fonts
Lewis McGuffie, Manuel de Lignières
© 2018 by Lewis McGuffie Type. All rights reserved.



Waba – pronounced ‘Vah-bah’, is a font family that I designed. The name comes from a historical variation on the Estonian word ‘vaba’ – meaning ‘free’, or ‘at liberty’.

Back in 2017 I visited the Estonian Print & Paper Museum in Tartu to see its great collection of type (well worth a visit!). While I was there I saw some big woodcut blocks of Reklameschrift Herold – a super Art Nouveau/Jugendstil style display font. The Print & Paper Museum’s collection covers both Latin and Cyrillic faces and as a foreigner in these parts I’m kind of fascinated by the exoticism of Cyrillic. How it is different but the same to the Latin letters I take for granted (as a humble Englander – no excuses). Not to mention, Jugendstil with its imitation of natural form, reverse-weights and looping-delicious curves (like you’ve left the window open all summer and the garden plants are climbing in). This mix of Jugendstil, Cyrillic letters and the beautiful historical border town of Tartu inspired me to start drawing Waba.

Trimming the serifs from Herold, simplifying those angles and expanding the category of weights, then taking look at the magical logic of Berthold Block and doing a few things that just seemed right at the time – Waba is a bit of love letter to Estonia, the Baltics and the visual history of Eastern Europe.

Waba also contains a monogram face, which allows you to create any monogramming latin and cyrillic. Simply type out your 2-3-4 characters in Waba Monogram, making sure Contextual Alternates is turned on them voila! Monograms can be customised manually using the OpenType select-pop-up in Adobe. Also included are a few Discretionary Ligatures for Mc, De, Von etc. Monograms work best when Contextual Alternates is turned on.

Waba C Regular - All Glyphs
Waba D Regular - All Glyphs
Waba E Regular - All Glyphs
Waba Kontor - All Glyphs
Waba Monogram - All Glyphs

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Lewis McGuffie, Manuel de Lignières

Publisher: Lewis McGuffie Type


Lewis McGuffie

Lewis McGuffie

British graphic designer and sign painter who was at some point in Tallinn, Estonia. Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2019.


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