Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Aiming high

As I was saying in my previous post, why not aim high in excercises? Below, Rest trying to keep up with none other than Francesco Griffo da Bologna himself (and not doing a good job of it, of course):

As I wrote on the Flickr caption, the above is a quote from the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili set in Rest, stylistic set 1.

Since my kerning is not yet done, I used InDesign’s optical kerning (and it shows, many combinations like QVA are way too tight). The stylistic set includes a Q with the long tail, an M without the upper-right serif (as seen in Griffo’s De Aetna type) and open-bowled P. S looks a bit too short and maybe too wide and heavy. Q and O should be more round by Griffo’s standards. I used to have a long-tailed R but removed it at some point, maybe I should bring it back for all caps settings like these.

Update on the previous point: yesterday night I drew an alternate R with epigraphic capitals proportions and contrast – to a certain extent. This:


Now, when I say I’m trying to keep up with Griffo I don’t mean I’m trying to replicate his lettershapes or proportions in Rest. That’s a fun project for sure, but not this one. And I am also quite skeptical of “literal” revivals of metal typefaces: of course you can chase the grace and the impression on page of a typeface, but apart from that I think you’re chasing the impossible as technologies are drastically different and needs and usages have changed too (so that would make for a pretty unpractical typeface).

Anyway: fun fun fun!


Blogger emily parrr said...

this kind of blog always useful for blog readers, it helps people during research. your post is one of the same for blog readers.

Thesis Papers

13 May 2010 11:04  

Post a Comment

¶ Home