This is Seriatim Gestalt, an experimental typeface inspired by and similar to Jonathan Hoeﬂer’s HTF Gestalt. I wanted to see if I could add a workable lower case, and try my hand at my own version of the upper case and symbols in a style that would make for a reductivist addition to my Seriatim family (now showing in the Sans Serif Critique Forum).
The question behind the experiment is this: How much of each character can be removed while still allowing the human mind’s phenomenon of “gestalt recognition” (recognizing the whole) to still resolve each individual character?
The result seems to be very similar to a stencil font, but then it occurred to me that stencil fonts are another extension of this same question. In order to allow counters, etc., to remain in place in a stencil font, what parts of each character can be safely removed without compromising character recognition? Seriatim Gestalt simply takes it beyond the counters.
As always, comments are appreciated and encouraged.
20 May 2002 - 3:43pm#1