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¶ Apart from French printer Christophe Plantin working in Antwerp during the Renaissance, another important figure dominated the market but as a type designer: Hendrik van den Keere.

¶ The question that comes to mind now is what's the real Hendrik van den Keere "roman" available on digital format:

Renard (Fred Smeijers)
DTL VandenKeere (Frank E. Blokland)
Poynter Old Style (Tobias Frere-Jones)

¶ Many thanks to your inputs to come.


¶ Apart from the notorious Claude Garamont and his Garamond typeface, Lyon-born Robert Granjon, another key figure of the French Renaissance, gave us roman and italic typefaces.

¶ The question that comes to mind now is what's the real Robert Granjon "roman" available on digital format:

Granjon (George William Jones)
Plantin (Frank Pierpont)
Galliard (Matthew Carter)

¶ Many thanks to your inputs to come.

The Calligraphic Leaning of the Baskerville Roman?

John Baskerville was first a calligrapher in his youth
and then became a rich merchant.
Baskerville stated that his own romans were influenced by calligraphy.
How do you spot the calligraphic leaning in the letters of the Baskerville Roman?
I'd like to know your personal view.


Lower case

The Magnificent Times New Roman

Hi People,

I would like to tell you how magnificent Times New Roman in Indonesia is. Times New Roman (especially in 12 point for body text) is very standard in various writing. Every scientific writings, school assignments, government documents, law documents and other non-casual non-modular (i.e like advertisement etc) should use Times New Roman. I ever created a assignment in Georgia and my teacher in high school rejected my assignment. In every single University in Indonesia, all of scientific writing (minithesis, thesis, dissertation, paper etc) must be printed in Times New Roman 12. I don't know how why people standardize and convene Time New Roman as the one and only formal serif font that able to use in Indonesia. This kind of 'natural' convention is really irritating me.

Help with a really black didone


Hello friends!
I'm writing because I feel I'm lost with my project.
I need your eyes here, because I'm tired of trying things and it seems this font has no solution.

I want to make "the boldest" didone out there, so I started experimenting and this was my result.

The problem is that some letters (ie the "e" or the "v" etc) don't work in small sizes.
In the lowest part of the image I wrote "Mexico and Pistilli" So you can see what I mean.
Pistilli turns really black (and that's what I want) but Mexico has so many white space between letters that it drives me crazy.

Is there something you suggest?
I tried making the stems of those "open" letters bolder, but it seems it's not the solution.

Any referent?


Confounding font

Hello everyone, this is my first post here. I couldn't figure out this font with whatthefont or identifont or the help of a few co-workers, or going through my whole font library one at a time, so I ask if you recognize this font.

I have a photo of the font, and a version where I blackened a selection of the letters, and a version where I blackened and sheared the letters back to an angle that seemed non-italicized. Thanks guys.

Rieven Roman by Steven Skaggs


For Immediate Release:
Alameda, CA- February 12th, 2013

Delve Fonts presents Rieven™ Roman, by Steven Skaggs.
Available now at: http://www.delvefonts.com/rieven_roman.html

In order to address those instances where the more contemporary letterforms are preferred, designer Steven Skaggs has expanded the Rieven family by creating a Roman version that can be used hand-in-hand with its predecessor, Rieven Uncial.

ATF Oxford

Lawson's book has piqued my interest in this typeface, originally known as Binny & Ronaldson's Roman No 1. Does anyone know of a digital implementation? I can't find any on MyFonts or through Google.

I'm aware of Monticello but I understand that's more of a derivative (like Sabon is to Garamond) than a direct adaptation.

Origin of some Roman and Cyrillic glyph variants?

I would like to know where certain Roman and Cyrillic glyph variants come from.

In American cursive handwriting (Roman letters, naturally):
• the "f" looks more like a print "b" than a print "f";
• the "s" does not resemble any print letter at all;
• and the "r" looks like some kind of weird mutant print "n".

In Russian cursive (Cyrillic letters):
• the "г" looks like a backward print Roman "s";
• the "д" looks for all the world like a cursive Roman "g";
• and the "т" looks like nothing so much as a cursive roman "m"!

(The cursive forms for "г" and "т" are also used in italic.)

As for "r" and "г", I wonder if the same principle is at work for both.

I have seen some of the Russian "cursive" letterforms in print, in the credits for some episodes of "Nu, pogodi!"

Two New Families Released


Greater Albion have jusst released two new families through Fontspring and Myfonts:

Corsham was inspired by traditional stonemason's engraved lettering designs. Designed to be used alone, or in combination with our Corton family, ithas wonderfully lively air, with distinctive lively serifs and beautifully swashed downstrokes. Four faces are offered-regular bold and black weights as well as a condensed form. All faces include a range of Opentype features, including ligatures and old-style numerals. The Corsham faces merge 'olde-worlde' charm with fun character, yet remaining clear and legible for text use.


New Release: Spargo


The Spargo family of six typefaces has just released on Myfonts.com and on Fontspring.

Spargo is inspired by 20s and 30s American typefaces, often seen on share certificates and other securities. We thought it was time to bring a touch of transatlantic boom and ebullience to our portfolio of typefaces, not to mention a healthy dose of Roaring 20s spirit. Spargo is the result, offered in six all capitals display typefaces.

Here are speciments of the six faces...

Bertolessi and Tulk's Victorian Banner


Greater Albion Typefounders have just released tow new Typefaces on Fontspring and Myfonts:

Bertolessi, is a Roman face made fun, with a healthy dose of filigree curves thrown into the mix. It's an ideal compliment to our extensive Bertoni family, but can be used anywhere a bit of humour and flair is required.

Atkinson Bros. Agency logo from 1980's -- puzzling embellishments

Hello all; this is my first time posting, though I've come here reading off and on. I have been learning all I can so I can speak intelligently about this topic, but please forgive me (and correct me) if I use some of the technical terms incorrectly or too broadly.

The attached logo was found on some rolls of metallic stickers that our insurance agency has been using for various purposes for at least twenty years, if not longer. We are currently looking into branching out with our marketing methods, which has of course left us in need of a distinctive "look" -- and we would like to use this logo, as it is (in our opinion) rather handsomely suited to the "tone" of the business we are pursuing, as well as able to give us some brand continuity. Unfortunately, the gentleman who designed the logo for us is long deceased, and we have no original files anywhere either.

Now, even after hours of searching and browsing through font identification tools, none of us have been able to determine which typeface is used here. The interesting flourishes don't help, I'm sure...

Help ID this Roman serif font

Please help id this font for me

I believe that it is hand drawn, I have a feeling that it is out there or something that is very close to this.

I have the following letters

AL: http://www.scholarlytype.com/its/al.jpg

GH: http://www.scholarlytype.com/its/gh.jpg

z: http://www.scholarlytype.com/its/z.jpg

i: http://www.scholarlytype.com/its/i.jpg

Thanks so much for looking.

Two New Releases From Greater Albion


Here are samples of Greater Albion Typefounders' latest two releases, which have just launched on myfonts.com and fontspring.com.

Paragon is a display Roman family of nine faces, combining elements of formality and fun. It embodies a high degree of contrast between near hairline horizontal strokes and bold vertical strokes. The family is offered in three widths and in regular, small capitals and title faces. Use Paragon to lend impact to your next design project.

Mynaruse Royale, an expansion of Mynaruse with script capitals.


Mynaruse Royale is an expansion of Mynaruse Titling. It features script capitals and widely tracked and smaller titling capitals. Mynaruse Royale has plenty of character and, with its powerful and sharp serifs that draw the eye. Mynaruse Royale is useful in settings that call for titling with an extra touch of elegance, such as a storefront, wedding program or formal invitation.
Mynaruse Royale contains a number of OpenType alternates, including alternate forms for the capitals that are large, drop cap like capitals instead of the calligraphic script capitals found in the default forms. Additionally there are non widely tracked lowercase forms that work well with the included alternate characters and ligatures.