German Art Deco Epigraphical

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Andreas Stötzner
Andreas Stötzner Posts: 783
edited January 2014 in Type Design Critiques
I wonder what you fellows might think about this fontification of a 1920ies find (Art Deco building, Leipzig city centre).
I could not resist.
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  • Craig Eliason
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    I get a retro-horror-movie-poster feel from it.
  • Nick Shinn
    Nick Shinn Posts: 2,169
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    I like that you have been faithful.
    I hate it when revivals attempt to improve on the original, often rationalized as “adapting to today’s requirements”.
  • Chris Lozos
    Chris Lozos Posts: 1,458
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    Looks great!
  • Andreas Stötzner
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    › faithful ‹

    I aimed to be, as a matter of fact. Although it can hardly be a simple reproduction such a revival. To move from epigraphical to typographical lettering is a shift of conditions, some things don’t work in one medium which do work in the other one.
    When looking closer you’ll spot some changes I made. For instance, I beefed up the round parts of B, R considerably. My type is less slender than the brass letters. One of the most interesting things was the issue of weight distribution in M, N, W. Initially I thought about “correcting” it according to the standard model. But then I realised that this was unsatisfying and got back to the peculiar solutions with the outer stems being stressed symmetrically (a feature which would look weird in most other typefaces.
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    The sportive joy is not only to complete the capital alphabet (the inscription only giving 13 letters), but also to invent the figures and a lowercase set. The latter I didn’t want to do initially, but then …

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  • George Thomas
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    Consider offering both versions.
  • Jan Schmoeger
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    Ditto. I find the 'corrected' letters very attractive.
  • Jan Willem Wennekes
    Jan Willem Wennekes Posts: 148
    edited February 2014
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    Yes liking them both a lot! Though I do like the symmetrical version better - which is the original as far as I can tell. Nice job and nice find!