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I'm looking for a blackletter, preferably bastarda, to use for display type in a book project about 15c Flemish painting. Here's the thing: I would really like to use a type of explicitly Flemish origin, and that's proving harder to find than one might expect.
The closest I've gotten is TEFF's Bugundica. It's got just the character I want, but of course isn't Flemish. It's also a little more expensive than the budget of this project can support.
Does anybody know what is the typeface used in the body copy of the Magazine De Stijl published from 1917 to 1920?
I include some attachments here for identification. Thank you in advance.
In 1962, the Dutch "Institute for Normalization" (NEN) published a guide for proper letter designs, both a sans and a serif. According to Middendorp,
The official digital version of the NEN 3225 alphabets has been made available at the type production Visualogik in 's-Hertogenbosch
("Dutch Type", p. 299).
Are these fonts somewhere available?
One of the problems with designing a typeface is getting feedback. Most designers work in a vacuum and that's why a forum like this is so useful.
I have started looking very critically at my half finished type projects and decided that my passion for Dutch typefaces could provide enough impetus to design a really nice text face.
So I looked at a lot of the typefaces I really like such as Lexicon, Van den Keere, Swift, and Lectura. I started drawing without referring to any of these in particular and tried to make the characters as quiet as possible. I'm looking at a useful typeface for extended reading.
Here's a first jpeg of work to date and i would really appreciate any comments.
I am working on a a but of customization Doesberg and Kegler's De Stij — mainly on upper case K and V.
I am fairly happy with the V (80% there) but having a bit of a harder time with the K — partly to do with the fact that's it's followed by an E.
Any thoughts or comments?
The condensed orange gradient typeface here is something I am curious about - love the numerals - it is not far away from MVB Solano (http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/mvbfonts/solano-gothic-mvb/) - but not quite...
Your time and knowledge is, as always, much appreciated!
Founded by ReneVerkaart in 2004, Characters Font Foundry is an independent Dutch type foundry, designing and selling high quality public- and commisioned typefaces. CFF fonts have been used for corporate identities, websites and packaging.
Besides being a self-taught type designer, René Verkaart is the co-founder of Stoere Binken Design, a renowned Dutch graphic design studio based in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Rene Verkaart started CharactersFontFoundry in 2004 as the result of a decade of custom logo- and typedesign for clients. Since 1995 he's been running his own graphic design studio, Stoere Binken Design, with a friend. Most of his early typefaces were custom designed for clients.
Most of his typefaces originate in his holidays. "Visiting new places in the world is a big inspiration for creating new typefaces", he says.
All his typefaces are extensively tested by carefully selected BetaTesters. This are renowned graphic designers or design studios that TestDrive the typefaces in practice and give critical feedback to improve the final release versions.