14th century initals

andreas's picture

-14th century initials-

Worth a look or something for the trash can?

Miss Tiffany's picture

Andreas, where did you find these.

andreas's picture

Before I talk about the sources (they come from different ones) I like to hear some opinions.

They are drawn as a initials for a script face. But I have some reason to reject it from this project.

The concept was not to add historical true "14th" initals, but initials look a like. I dropped away all the floral, pictural & oranmental stuff.

Miss Tiffany's picture

In some of the characters, if they are in fact authentic, they seem derivative from the Art Nouveau, and in some instances William Morris. I suppose what comes around goes around and perhaps that might be my eyes seeing them in that way. However...

Miss Tiffany's picture

Have you considered the Jacobean Inititials from Lanston? http://www.lanstontype.com/JacobeanInitials.html -- I could post a GIF if you'd be interested.

andreas's picture

Thank you Tiffany,

but I`m more interested in getting feed back about the current design.

It`s cash or trash? ;-)

Miss Tiffany's picture

In general, Andreas, I think they do have the correct flavor. I think they need some spacing work. I'd say that all of the "boxes" need to be the same dimension. They feel hand-drawn, which is nice, not overly type-ified. No. I wouldn't call them trash. I think they have potential.


andreas's picture

1 point for cash, thanx Tiffany.

To the spacing issue, him, I only had a single glyph usage in mind, like initials truly designed for. You can set words too, but then you get the "Art Nouveau" feeling.

Someone said to me, "It`s worse enough for a t-shirt."

Hope some other readers have opinions too, so please punish me! ;-)

plubird's picture

Oh I love Initials!
Bad that many people would say "it is not up to date"

The V and W dosent really fit in the style, I would say.

But all together - go on
But i guess there not many who want to use it because of the reason I typed above


andreas's picture

Yep, like some others glyphs too. The problem is, you don`t find a V / U other than the roman capital in this time.

So the project is now canceled.

plubird's picture

Why canceled? To busy?


Did you have any sources for initials or for ornamental initials?


andreas's picture

Yes, Schade. But why develop/release a dead thing? The font is ready like on the sample.

Sources, J.J.G.Alexander have written some nice books about medieval typo & art. His work is available in german and english too.

For ornamental stuff have a look for old specimen books around 1900, and earlier. For true native stuff you have to study old handwirtten scripts.

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