revival-paradigms

edited December 2014 in Type Design Critiques
Hi there,

currently I'm trying to digitize two fonts from the »Flinsch-Foundry« (~ 1908) in a reasonable way. This (obviously modified sans serif-) fonts are ranked under the name Renaissance*. My interest is essentially based on the aesthetics of the printed image, but also on some curious details which I would like to keep in a neutral way. So I wonder how to balance it all between a charming inaccuracy/oddness and a typographical elaborateness (of course we are dealing with display-fonts). Further the question arises how to incorporate some missing glyphs and how (and why) to modify some already existing glyphs etc.. For one of the two fonts there is a preliminary PDF:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4926962/FLYNT-01.pdf

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Unfortunately I can't show more of the corresponding scans here. I would be very interested in your opinions and remain with best regards from Leipzig,

Reymund

* Halbfette and Schmale fette Renaissance
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  • "details that I would like to keep in a neutral way." That means you are creating something new, a new interpretation of this style, and not just trying to just digitize what is there already. That's the right way to go, in my opinion, but that means it's *your* baby. There are not any rules except the ones you make up that satisfy your aesthetic. It may be helpful to see other revivals of related styles, to see how they have solved the problems you will run up against, but your ideas are what will give it whatever value it ends up having.
  • Nick ShinnNick Shinn Posts: 1,180
    You have lost the discipline of the original, which has no overshoot and very tight fit.
    These qualities hold its irregular color in check.
    The tension between the disciplined metrics and the awkward color gives the face its nuanced personality.
    Without the accurate constraint of the metrics, the overall effect is amateurish.
  • Sorry, I didn't check the PDF. I like Nick's insights.
  • This is a deliberate aspect of course. I finally spent some time on spacing and it slowly becomes more density I guess. Thanks a lot.

    {I've just updated the link above}
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