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Justin Penner

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  • Re: Kabella revival — Koch's swash cap/sans-serif design

    @George Thomas You're right—I have a copy of a 1935 type catalogue that includes it as Grotesk-Initialen. I just meant it didn't have a unique name like Kabel or Wallau or Jessen. My understanding is that Grotesk-Initialen essentially just means "capitals for sans serif".

    @Andreas Stötzner I appreciate the warning, but could you elaborate on the inherent flaws in Koch's design?

    Probably my main motivation for doing this project, besides the learning experience, is that I really like Koch's work and this design in particular, and I think it's worthwhile to preserve it and make it available for anyone that may want to use it, rather than sitting in a book in a museum where few designers will ever get to see it. I'm happy to release it with any inherent flaws it might have, but anything I can fix while still preserving the character of the design, or by adding alternates, would be fantastic. I do really have an appreciation for the idiosyncrasies in Koch's designs.
  • Kabella revival — Koch's swash cap/sans-serif design

    I've been working on this as a student project, and I'm at the point where it's looking pretty good to me, but I'm hoping someone with more experienced eyes can point out the flaws I'm missing.

    I've done upper/lower/figures/punctuation and extended western European so far. Most are based on the specimen I managed to get a copy of, but I filled in a lot of missing characters myself, inspired by the various existing versions of Kabel. I haven't done any kerning yet, but the sidebearings are working reasonably well.

    I'm also really curious whether anyone has even seen this design before. It's Rudolf Koch's swash capitals designed to pair with lowercase Kabel—it was never given its own name (Kabella is my name for the revival) and there seems to be very little information available about it. He really seemed to love mixing different styles of upper and lowercase. Koch was really a fascinating character (no pun intended).