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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 revial or you can use what you found for a jumping off point for your own forms.

Prepare a presentation your research on the Rivival 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 orignial font. Have at least 2 - 3 options.

Revival specs: letters need to be well designed with an attention to proportion and consitency. You wll 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 Rivial.
Visit the Spencer Research Library.


Based on what you saw at the Spencer, what you found online prepare a pdf presenation 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 revial 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 revivial)

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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 revivial.

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Spring BREAK

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March 16
class crit.

intro to numbers, and ? ! @ &

Refine letters and sketch or work directly in glyphs on the construction of 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 or 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, the ? ! @ &.

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March 18
class crit.

working in class on refinments, questions, the rest of the numbers.

Refine letters, construction, spacing, numbers and !?&@. And prepare pdf presenation.

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March 23
PDF Presentation

Upload everything to the class google drive. Have a folder for your Process/Sketches, Glyphs, PDF Presentation (initial presentation and final presenation) and please include the Project Overview.