Fra (Bartolomeo)

titus n.'s picture

dear typophiles,
i'm posting my latest project: fra, a display font based on the lettering on a sketch by italian renaissance artist fra bartolomeo.

i'm presenting two versions. i started with a design, that wasn't very close to the original drawings. after i got feedback, that it was to reserved and geometric i decided to draw a new version.
by now, i hate the first version, but i'm not quite sure if the second attempt is heading in the right direction, even though i like it much more. please tell me what you think.
is it too calligraphic ot should be even less "sharp"? what about the serifs, should i keep the edges or round them up?


application/pdfhere is a pdf:
specimen121204.pdf (484.8 k)

as8's picture

I like the first (close to the original drawings) better
but with the Y proportions and the angle you changed.
Little bit round serifs make it looks more consistent,
I think. Very nice. Where did you find that sketch ?


Fra BARTOLOMEO (1472-1517)
Portrait of Girolamo Savonarola (c. 1498)
Oil on wood, 47 x 31 cm
Museo di San Marco, Florence

titus n.'s picture

hello alessandro,
i suppose you're talking about the second version, on the bottom of the page.

what do you mean with the proportions of the Y?

there was a great renaissance drawings exhibition in vienna a couple of months ago. the lettering on fras sketch jumped immediately to my eye.

as8's picture

Hallo Titus,

yes, I'm talking about the second version,
on the bottom of the page. With 'Y proportions'
I wanted to say the vertical (direction of the shapes).
So, you are in Vienna ! Cool.
I have a friend who just graduated at

titus n.'s picture

>So, you are in Vienna ! Cool.
only the fact of being in vienna can't really be called cool. :-)

i know two quite famous professors at the angewandte: "lürzer" (advertisement class) and "fons hickmann" (grafic design class). perhaps it was one of them.


as8's picture

Why ? You are freezing ?
Hej, then might be Fonts Hickman ! :-)
Will ask her.


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