Where is the Blackletter

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Héctor Muñoz Huerta's picture
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Blackletter came to M

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Where is the Blackletter?

I see the Blackletter…. the next title by Steven Heller (that can write the book this weekend, and publish it by Monday)

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Lots of beer labels: dutch, belgian, and german ones specially…
Also several liquors use black letter in their labels.

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maybe you could take blackletter and really make it New Zealand… I would love to see a hybrid between blackletter and some Maori motifs.

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Hello everyone. I’m new here. I’m a mexican graphic designer studying an MA in Graphic Design in London. I’m so happy that I found this blog, because I been thinking on making my thesis exactly on fraktur type in Mexico!!!!!! This idea has been in my mind for a long time, but I always thought that no many people would agree. I would like to know why is such a Germanic element taken by Mexicans and completely changed in terms of what it imply.
Certainly by reading all your comments I been inspired. Thanks, and hope this conversation continues.

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Fraktur or Blackletter? I'd like to see Mexican Fraktur...

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You are right. In my case, since I’ll work with vernacular graphics, I’ll be searching for any blackletter-ish type: textura, rotunda, schwabacher and fraktur.

But I promise that if I find a fraktur-ish Mexican vernacular type I’ll post it immediatly for you.

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I recommend the following book:

Blackletter: Type and National Identity.
Edited by Peter Bain and Paul Shaw
ISBN 1-56898-125-2

It contains good essays on the subject and gives a great overview on blackletter history.

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Here's a theory: Blackletter was a trendy face worldwide (as part of the Arts & Crafts movement that was such a force in the first mass media) at the time of the Mexican Revolution. Perhaps that association has imbued it with a Mexican-ness.

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Cristina, yes, that's a superb thesis subject - good luck with it! And I hope you share the results here. As for that blackletter book you mention, it's actually what first triggered my interest in the style. That and a thick German novel set in 1905, which seemed shockingly readable to me.

hhp

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Germany also sought to develop a sphere of influence, economic and political, in Mexico both before and after the Revolution, maybe that included printing presses and typefaces.
Tim

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New member:

Hi, in response to your post below (and hopefully there are still people checking this forum):

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"""Hi,
As I just recently stumbled about this forum, I hope there is still someone…
Now my Question:
I am doing now the final project in my graphic design studies and my theme is treating the
recognition and usage of blackletter typefaces in our times.
As I am german it is pretty clear to me how it is in the german speaking area.
What I am more interested in is how other cultures see and “feel” those typefaces.
What associations are made and so on…

So, I am really interested in other points of you, far from the beer and nationalist cliché.

@diego m: Maybe I could contact you to get to know the latino point of view?

I am happy about all replys, Thank you"""""""""
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Glad to hear your from Germany. I'm a New Zealander and also doing a final year project on Blackletter:

Central Question
"Can validity be restored to blackletter?"

How do German's view blackletter today (I will wait to see if anyone active on here before answering your quesiton).

Hannah

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blackletter with all-lc setting

One I like found HERE?

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That is very nice,

I like how the ligatures and terminals have that very sleek kind of adornment to them.

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Central Question
“Can validity be restored to blackletter?”
How do German’s view blackletter today (I will wait to see if anyone active on here before answering your quesiton).

I've tried to answer some of this in your thread here:
http://typophile.com/node/20252#comment-125672

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yes, thanks very much for your input. Alot more useful on this site compared to our uni one that mainly digital/media people use.

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Here is an interesting new blackletter-hand I came across this morning.