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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 uppercase or lowercase, 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, (maybe: @ ? ! &) 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 ( 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.

TAKE A LOOK HERE: They take the old forms, and expand them in new directions, whilst retaining the charm and beauty of the originals. https://commercialclassics.com/

Readings (read a couple or all)
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

Book to purchase: Revival Type by Paul Shaw: Intro | selection

Additional Readings


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


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Movie: titles: http://annyas.com/screenshots/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/type_specimen
Flickr: printed alphabets

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) 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.

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 (optional: ? ! @ &)

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Wed Sept 16
Intro to the Revival.

: due in a week Sept 23 Do not wait until the day to do this! you will be sad.

There are a number of pdfs for you to refer to when looking for a revival. You can also use flikr or any resource really to find a set a letters you would like to revive. Pull the image. Make sure you keep track of where you found them.

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 3 options to revive and of course you can have a favorite.

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September 23
Present pdfs

Start sketching your revival by hand. Pick any 5 letters to sketch, TRY 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, plus numbers)

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September 28
Meet one on one or small groups if you want.

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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September 30
Class Crit: share where you are -- give feedback

Add Extreme, Stem Measure Tool, Speed Punk, Dimensions, Fit Curve, Global Spacing. Word Space
Class Crit.

Refine your work add Bb, Ii, Jj, Kk, Rr, Yy, Xx, Ww, Zz.. And please read over this and download this Each number explained. you can start numbers if you want but you don't have to :).

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October 5
Meet one on one or small groups if you want.
refresher on how to create a new glyph.

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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October 7
Class Crit: share where you are -- give feedback

refining and working on spacing
Refresher on how-to-space-a-typeface

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October 12

Meet one on one or small groups if you want.

refining and working on spacing, create presentation
kerning pairs today
Upload everything to the class google drive, into your folder

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October 14

Due! all uppercase or lowercase, numbers, punctuation optional, diacritics optional

Introduce Personality project.