Hi curently I digitize a humanistic cursiv of Aldus Manutius. It is a lot of fun. What do you think should I go on? Greets Jens
Yes, you should go on. But i think you’d have to have an roman to go with it. I like the fatness of the type. And the way you digitized it. Although you’ll hve to do a little about spacing and kerning. (you could try to base those on leadtype, no kerning?) If you want to claen the forms up, beware of not loosing of loosing the vitality it has now. For modern use, you might want to have a small ‘s’ (or not!) —Jacques
go on, sure! i like espessialy this rough outlines.
The small s is also traditional, and should be part of the font. It was used as a ﬁnal s, and perhaps also as initial s — I don’t remember. The long s was dropped after the French revolution, I believe.
Thanks for the comments! to jacques: if i wanna make like Aldus the Caps has to be roman. So he dont italiced the caps rigt? maby hav to try with the AdobeAldus… Spacing and Kerning… hmmm view my other typedesign and you will see this is one think that I really have to learn. But i will try also to overtoke it from the original. To William and jacques: Of course a “short s” comes… Are there chances to embed it with a Opentype feature? BTW: I must made many more ligatures for this. But what will happan if make somesthink like this: “ﬁ” and “ie” What if both ligaturs are after another in one word?? Okay thanks for the comments… mabye some more? Greets Jens
Very nice, I enjoy its irregularity. Although “q” and long-“s” look exaggeratedly heavier than the other characters, to me. And “a” is too small? About your ligature question (“ﬁ” and “ie”): maybe you should just design a “ﬁe” ligature? ;-)
This is a beautiful design, and it has quite a bit of potential. I don’t think it needs a companion roman, necessarily. Aldine italics were meant to function independently. It’s only relatively recently that we have begun to pair them with roman fonts. I also think that a bold version would go against the spirit of the face. This design could easily stand alone as either a text or a display face. I agree with you that the caps should probably take either a roman or sloped roman form. I’d encourage you to try an upright roman ﬁrst for the caps to see how it works. I also agree that you should design a short “s” for beginning and ending letters of words. As for ligatures, I say design as many as seem to suggest themselves. You should deﬁnitely include a full range of “f” ligatures (“fb”, “ﬀ”, “ﬃ”, “ﬀj”, “ﬄ”, “ﬀt”, “fh”, “ﬁ”, “fj”, “fk”, “ﬂ”, and “ft”), as well as “c” ligatures (“ch”, “ck”, “ct”, etc.) and “s” ligatures with long and short “s”. You might also consider a “Th” ligature, as well as ligatures for the article adjectives, common prepositions and conjunctions (The, “the”, “An”, “an”, “Le”, “le”, “La”, “la”, “El”, “el”, “From”, “from”, “And”, “and”, “&c”, “etc.”, etc. ) I also wouldn’t change the “a” very much, as it looks nice to my eye, and seems to ﬁt the spirit of the Aldine italic. Best of luck. This could be a great font. David
I love that outsized S… sweet! I agree with David that a Roman isn’t necessary. Just have fun and don’t worry about what other people think you HAVE to have in it. Worry about what you want to have. If you want to have a bitmap of a rodeo clown as part of your font, do it up!
Great! it is going on! Made some changes… k, v, w, x, y and z are stil missing. The w is a uu fake…
The way you have gotten the soft, antique look without lumpy outlines is great. Spacing seems to be a particular challenge with this style. Did the original have a lot of ligatures with the long ‘s’? These may be necessary for good spacing.
Maybe i should post the original from wich I digitize. The spacing in the original isnt perfect either, I guess. I also want to digitize the The great Q
any thing new on this one? i think you have something beautiful here.
Dear paul hmm.. it doesnt happent much to this. Personaly it was allmost a study bedause the font is very individuality. Bur her is image of the current standings. So added many ligatures and some Uppercase (wich are Romanstyle) and the et Sign