Today is Christmas Eve, December 24th and we end our our Advent calendar with a 24-ligature. That’s it for this year? Not exaxtly. There will be a short retrospect and a slideshow with our AdventsZeichen to page through at this place tomorrow. He who finds time to can pay us a visit between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. 26+ wishes Merry Christmas to all of you!
The AdventsZeichen is taken from “Falun”, a transitional antiqua I have been working on since last semester. I think the connection of the two letters makes a beautiful glyph combination. I wanted to create a contrast between the inner form, where the arc of the ſ floats into the bar of the t and the outer form, with the corner at the end of the arc to the vertical stroke of the t.
I wanted to draw an F and travelled around a lot by rail last week. What a pity that even in an ICE it’s hard to put down straight lines on paper. So I laid the drawing book aside to scribble digitally. I finished this letter somewhere on the way from Berlin to Würzburg – inclusive a broken railcar in Kassel inbetween. By the way: Now I know that those who miss their last train connection at night due to a delay can expect the Deutsche Bahn to pay a taxi.
Named after the Aldus Manutius, who used the heart-shaped leaf as final piece for text or as ornament of title pages in his books, through history, the floral heart has been stylized to a heart shape more and more. Also the Samblone typeface interprets the heart-shaped leaf rather than a heart, less than a leaf.
Today the n of Moritz Esser’s Nautinger shows us, where to end plain logic and start optical correction. First, the r is a formal offspring of the n, but the cut-off arch is slightly shortened so as to reduce the white space below (1). From the same reason, the lower right serif is slightly longer (2) as predetermined by the n. Finally, the arch is singed down a bit to bottom (3) to finish balanced white space.
After a total of 306 steps up St. Peter, you can have a great lock above Munich, but the really exciting thing is at the base of the tower. There are several old stone tablets with finely engraved type. So today the 2 from a pending TypSafari is in focus – even though the date is the 5th: The swashy horizontal and the almost walbaum-style tension of the strong curved top reveals a contrast to the otherwise set in blackletter tablet
I drew inspiration for this letter from a photo I took in October on my type-safari in Würzburg. Due to the hipsters, the mere form isn’t exceptional any more. What’s exceptional in this case is the dating and place, where it can be found: An oriel tower of the Röntgen Gymnasium at Sanderring, a transport nodal point in Würzburg. “The hipster-R already existed in Art Nouveau!” tweeted Christoph Köberlin .
Todays letter is the ampersand of Underware‘s »Auto 2 Italic« and »Auto 1 Roman«. Beside the letters virtuous design a quote from Robert Bringhurst’s legendary Elements of Typographic Style is proofing such expressive shapes: “Since the ampersand is more often used in display work than in ordinary text, the more creative versions are more useful. There is rarely any reason not to borrow the italic ampersand for use with roman text.”
The K from today really is a majuscule K. The form is borrowed from my own handwriting. Sometime shortly after I had left primary school (after the fourth grade in Germany) I started to change my handwriting. I considered it being ugly, illegible and dull and decided to work on it. In the beginning I gave up the “Lateinische Ausgangsschrift” (the script first grade pupils are taught in Germany) in favour of unconnected letters.
Typophiles and type designers, always zealous to see letters around every corner — fogies … and that’s why we are going to take a look at several letters and their story behind. Starting today, until the 24th of December. Starting with the lowercase g of »Franziska«, a font currently in development: A clumsy calligraphy lead to a distinctively shaped letter, which is at least — after digital fine-tuning — working well in a functional textface.