Type Design Bundle (Designing Type Revivals + The Stroke: Theory Of Writing)
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Designing Type Revivals
By Riccardo Olocco and Michele Patanè
Many typefaces created today are related to types of the past, and interest in older letterforms is stimulated by the great number of visual resources available. We are surrounded by digital fonts based in one way or another on historical models, but it is clear that we cannot consider all of them as revivals.
So, how to distinguish a type revival from a typeface that is loosely based on historical forms? More reflection on this subject is necessary, both to help navigate the landscape of contemporary typefaces, and to give greater clarity to discussions on the history of type.
This 104-page publication provides tools for researching and designing revival types. A concise publication that will show a practical perspective and fresh content, fueling the conversation among and between designers and scholars.
The content is organized into four parts beginning with a definition of the theoretical landscape, including a definition of revivals, and a discussion on the boundaries of a revival project. The second part introduces the framework of analysis developed for recording the relevant design features of the type used as a model. In the third part, Olocco and Patané apply the framework to the roman type cut by Francesco Griffo for the De Aetna (1496). Based on this analysis, the fourth part showcases the process of reviving this historical type.
Although the authors focus on defining a procedure to design a type revival, the suggestions can be adopted beyond the scope of a revival project. Their approach ensures a strong connection with any original source and a substantial help towards understanding how to employ historical models in a contemporary context.
With a preface by Gerry Leonidas
Designed by Riccardo Olocco and Michele Patanè
Edited by Gerry Leonidas
Published by Lazy Dog Press, 2022
Softcover, 112 pages, full color, 4.8 × 8.25 inches
The Stroke: Theory Of Writing
By Gerrit Noordzij
The Stroke is the most concise and powerful statement of Dutch graphic designer Gerrit Noordzij's theory of writing.
First published in Dutch in 1985 by Hyphen Press, The Stroke put forward a genuine theory of all writing, done with any kind of generating tool.
Noordzij starts with fundamentals of the space within and between letters and proceeds in stages towards a full account of how the strokes of writing can be formed, and an analysis of the qualities of letters. Along the way, there are reflections on history and culture, and remarks on method.
Noordzij's theory serves to repair the split that grew, with the invention of printing, between written and typographic letters. He shows us the underlying written quality of all letters, with whatever technology they have been formed.
Published by De Buitenkant, 2019
Softcover, 88 pages, in color and b&w, 4.9 × 8.3 inches