Here's my most recent project, a textura blackletter typeface built from a limited inventory of straight segments and circular arcs of consistent weight, with exclusively orthonormal or diagonal cuts. I'm aiming for a "geometric sans" among blackletters.
The project was inspired by the letters |ABCD| hand-painted by Sasha Prood
in what seemed to be a geometric blackletter. I later found out he drew these letters from an existing font, Bastard by Jonathan Barnbrook
. Luckily, my own rendition of the concept had taken on a life of its own by then, and had turned out very different from Barnbrook's approach. I used Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch as my main reference for blackletter shapes.
Since some traditional blackletter letterforms can be hard to parse for modern readers — in particular the capitals —, I made more legible alternate forms for |AGHIKZ|. They can be accessed through the Stylistic Set 01 in the main font, and I intend to release a companion font in which these forms replace the default forms for easier use.
Here are some PDF specimens:http://www.cinga.ch/type/gryffensee_specimen.pdfhttp://www.cinga.ch/type/gryffensee_alt_specimen.pdf
And full character inventories:http://www.cinga.ch/type/gryffensee_inventory.pdfhttp://www.cinga.ch/type/gryffensee_alt_inventory.pdf
I intend to release the font soon, unless there are issues remaining that would call for a major overhaul.