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Professor: Andrea Herstowski
Office: 353 Chalmers Hall
Office hours: by appointment

email: herstow@ku.edu







The Revival Type (in progress)

Create an original set of letters, numbers and some punctuation based on an example of letters you have found. Create a revivial.

understand Revivials
expanding your drawing skills in Glyphs
explore how to draw numbers, @ ? ! & to match your revivial
practice the principles of spacing

Typeface revival: the art of taking a classic and modernizing it for the digital era. Similar to the remastering of movie classics, where light, color, sound and lost scenes are digitally restored, classic typefaces are often remastered for the purpose of making them more relevant for today. (HOW Mag)

The Past is the Present with Paul Barnes (Type@Cooper lecture: watch)
For over a decade Commercial Type have been designing and releasing contemporary typefaces; from modern classics like Graphik, Druk, Publico, and Guardian through to more experimental faces like Orientation and Styrene. Some of them like Lyon and Portrait have been informed and inspired by the past, but not dominated by it. At the same time, they have been searching through the vast archive that is St Bride Library, looking for hidden gems; designs long forgotten and no longer available. Rather than being modern interpretations where the designer leaves an obvious mark, they are careful reconstructions, made not for yesterday, but for today’s users. They take the old forms, and expand them in new directions, whilst retaining the charm and beauty of the originals. https://commercialclassics.com/

Please click on and read
Read: monotype-restored-the-font-walbaum-a-200-year-old-serif-typeface/
Read: smashingmagazine.com/2012/08/legitima-experience-fossils-revivals/
Read: comparison-of-the-next-generation-helvetica-bbc91a28940a
Read: studiotype.com/originals/kingfisher
Read: https://studiotype.com/originals/hawkland
Read :the-development-of-orwellian-d90948e43876

Revival Type by Paul Shaw: Intro | selection

Additional Readings


Brok Galllery poster, 1919 (left) designed by Chris Lubeau
Brok typeface, 1995 (right) designed by Elizabeth Holzman


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Check out in-class http://members-only-beta-v0042.lettarc.org/extensions/LFA_beta/search.html

William Page
Morgan Willcox
American Foundries
Hamilton Wood Type | 1 | 2 | 3 |
Austin Foundry
Palmer and Rey
Holly Wood
Tubs Wood Type
Caslon Wood Type
Stephenson Blake
Specimen Pool
Franklin Type
Barnhart Bros

Typography Guru: https://typography.guru/forums/topic/44-type-specimens-online/

David Shields (long great list!)
Henry Caslon: http://luc.devroye.org/fonts-54976.html
A Short History of the Italian: woodtyperesearch.com/short-history-of-the-italian/
Spencer Research Library... Speciman books google doc

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Click on the readings at the top of the page. Read and look at the images :) Start identifying copyright free images that have type you want to revive. Look through the links above. Capture (collect) 3 options for what you want to revive. Make sure if you take photo you know where it came from. You can make a close revival or you can use what you found for a jumping off point for your own forms.

Prepare a presentation your research on the Revival including any thoughts, facts, summary from the readings. Revival options... What is it -- show us an image? Where is it from? Why does it interest you? What do you want to do is it a classic revival or are you using it as inspiration for an original font. Have at least 2 - 3 options.

Revival specs: letters need to be well designed with an attention to proportion and consistency. You ell be responsible for sketching, refining and putting into glyphs the letters handglovesmurf or HANDGLOVESMURF lowercase or uppercase + numbers and ? ! @ &.

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February 26
Intro to the Rival.
Visit the Spencer Research Library.


Based on what you saw at the Spencer, what you found on-line prepare a pdf presentation on what you read, researched, 3 different references you found that you would like to use to revive. Where you found them. Why you are interested in reviving it. What challenges do you foresee? Which 1 of the 3 is the one you are most interested in.

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March 2
Present pdfs

Start sketching your revival by hand. Pick any 5 letters to sketch, may take a few sketches to get one you like for some of the letters. Pick wisely, eventually you have to figure out handglovesmurf or HANDGLOVESMURF. (you are doing just uppercase or just lowercase for the revival)

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March 4
class crit on sketches start getting the letters into Glyphs.

Get at least a first draft of HANDGLOVESMURF or handglovesmurf into Glyphs.
Print out your letters at least 72pts and bring the printout to class.
Along with a print of your reference of your revival

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Starting March 23
Moving on-line!
Hello all we are doing it! Moving on-line It is going to be a bit awkward but I am confident we will figure it out and you will get the feedback and attention that you want/need. We will be a bit fluid at the beginning to figure out what is due for the semester. Please note: If you or a loved one gets sick and you have to miss class don't worry it won't effect your grade. We will continue to have class at our MW 2:30 time lets start that way on Monday March 23. Zoom link https://kansas.zoom.us/j/757970426. Please try and make it to class. Just send me an email if you can't.

To prepare for class... please have your most recent Glyphs file up on the Google drive by 2:00 so I can pull them down to open and share. Also if you could have the file open on your screen -- it will make it easy for you to share your screen. :)

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Behance post (all the letters, words or phases in your fonts, feature letter(s) construction, some process.)
1 - 3 instagram ready images saved as a jpg or png
glyphs file
font file
project overview

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March 23
Welcome Back!
Rest of the Semester
Add Extreme, Stem Measure Tool, Speed Punk, Dimensions, Fit Curve, Global Spacing. Word Space
Class Crit.

Refine your work. And please read over this and download this Each number explained. you can start numbers if you want but you don't have to :)

To prepare for class... please have your most recent Glyphs file up on the Google drive before your one on one time so I can pull down you file if I want :) and have it open on your screen to share with me.

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March 25
refresher on how to create a new glyph.

one on one crits: log into Zoom a bit before your time.


12:40 Emily Greene
1:00 Kira Wedel
1:20 Sydney Deitz
1:40 Kylie
2:00 Amber Zhao
2:20 Callie 
2:40 Hadley
3:00 Kayleigh
3:20  Alex
3:40: Mollie Mytinger
4:00: Anne Carlson
4:20 Karley

Refine letters and sketch or work directly in glyphs on the construction of
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 (if you have options create them as a new glyph)
and if you want to try punctuation ! ? @ & * . , " optional: you do not have to do punctuation

To prepare for class...

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March 30
Meet as a large group.
Zoom: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/757970426

Kerning game. Let's play https://type.method.ac/

Refresher on how-to-space-a-typeface
Do you want to learn how to make kerning pairs today?
Intro to Intro to Final Font and Promotional Experience.

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April 1

No class meeting on Wed April 1...if you want to talk to me during class time use the link below -- let me know you want chat.
Zoom: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/757970426

Behance page make it as great as you can. Show off your letters, characteristics, words... parts of the letter. Try and write something about it... here are some sources for writing Fontsmith |

Due by Monday, April 6
Upload everything to the class google drive, into your folder
- link to behance google doc
- glyphs file (also have this open so you can share your screen)
- font file
- 1 - 3 instagram ready images saved as a jpg or png
- project overview

Also... have idea of what you want to do for your final font and have that started in some way. Research, sketches, start in glyphs whatever. And some initial thoughts on the promotional experience.

A: Final Font 1) continue with the revival to expand to a entire font 2) use something you started earlier in the semester and finish it as an entire font 3) make something new for your full-font.

B: Promotional Experience. What you are thinking you would like do to. Does not have to be set in stone would just like to know what you are thinking.