Type 1 Fall 2019

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Week 4 HW

READ

Call It What It Is by John Downer
http://www.emigre.com/Editorial.php?sect=2&id=1

Drawing for Interpolation by Erik van Blokland
http://superpolator.com/assets/images/drawingForInterpolation.pdf

DIGITIZING LETTERFORMS

The Bézier Game
http://bezier.method.ac/

Hand Lettering: How to Vector Your Letterforms by Scott Biersack
https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/hand-lettering-how-to-vector-your-letterforms--cms-23248

 

Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool Tutorial for Logos and Typography by Matt Borchert

 

Modern Techniques for Digitizing Script Alphabets by James Edmonson

TYPE REVIVAL PROJECT

A type revival can mean many things as defined by John Downer's "Call It What It Is" essay for Emigre. For this assignment, our revival will be an homage to Caslon and Bodoni. I'll divide the class into two groups, team Caslon and Team Bodoni

Bodoni Team

  • Aynur

  • Elias

  • Hager

  • Xixi

  • Miguel

  • Reph

  • Syed

  • Vadim

 

Caslon Team

  • Jackeline

  • Wilmer

  • Mafe

  • Marcella

  • Coby

  • Yamil

  • Di

Caslon was designed by William Caslon in 1722. It was considered the first original English typeface and was used extensively throughout the British Empire in the early eighteen century. Benjamin Franklin used it extensively and in fact it was the font used to set both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
https://www.fonts.com/font/adobe/adobe-caslon/story

Bodoni was designed by Giambattisa Bodoni in 1798 and is generally considered a modern serif typeface. One of the earlier publications using Bodoni was Dante’s La Vita Nuova in 1925.
https://www.fonts.com/font/linotype/bodoni/story

 

REVIVAL FILES

The type revival project files are located inside the Revival folder in the shared drive:

The Source Files folder contains high-res scans of both Bodoni and Caslon for reference. The folder contains the following files:

  • Bodoni_Bold_150dpi_BookofAmericanTypes_ATF.jpg

  • Bodoni_Bold_300dpi_BookofAmericanTypes_ATF.jpg

  • Bodoni_Bold_600dpi_BookofAmericanTypes_ATF.jpg

  • Bodoni_Bold_1200dpi_BookofAmericanTypes_ATF.jpg

  • BodoniBold Regulated.jpg

  • Caslon_Heavy_150dpi_ATF1912.jpg

  • Caslon_Heavy_300dpi_ATF1912.jpg

  • Caslon_Heavy_600dpi_ATF1912.jpg

  • Caslon_Heavy_1200dpi_ATF1912.jpg

  • Caslon_Heavy_Distinctly.jpg

The Templates folder contains the illustrator files that you'll need to complete this assignment. I provided both EPS and AI illustrator files since EPS are more backwards compatible with older versions of Illustrator. Please download and use the EPS only if the Illustrator file won't open on your computer. The folder contains the following files:

  • BodoniBold Revival_Template.ai
    BodoniBold Revival_Template.eps

  • Bodoni_Words_Template.ai
    Bodoni_Words_Template.eps

  • CaslonHeavy Revival_Template.ai
    CaslonHeavy Revival_Template.eps

  • Caslon_Words_Template.ai
    Caslon_Words_Template.eps

CHECK OUT

In case you're missing letters to complete the assignment, please check out the online archived material. It's not high-res but it will give you an idea of what the missing letters look like.

Team Caslon
ATF Type Catalog 1912, p. 349.
https://archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich

Team Bodoni
ATF Type Catalog 1934, p. 22.
https://archive.org/details/ATFBookOfAmericanTypes1934

 

WATCH

4 Revival Case Studies:
The four videos below show the process behind some notable type revivals. The reason for going back to the original source is because as technology changes, things get lost in translation. Studying the original material allows the designer to write a more complete history of how a particular typeface evolved and how it can improve. The teams behind each case study, not only seek to uncover the intentions behind the designs but also to expand on it and make it useful for the needs of contemporary typography.

These two definitions from John Downer's essay Call It What It Is help shed a light on the fact a revival is oftentimes also a homage, and good revivals aim to improve and not merely copy.

Revivals/Recuttings/Reclamations
Closely based on historical models (metal type, hand-cut punches, etc.) for commercial or noncommercial purposes, with the right amount of historic preservation and sensitivity to the virtues of the original being kept in focus-all with a solid grounding in type scholarship behind the effort, too.

Homages/Tributes/Paeans
Loosely based on historical styles and/or specific models, usually with admiration and respect for the obvious merits of the antecedents - but with more artistic freedom to deviate from the originals and to add personal touches; taking liberties normally not taken with straight revivals.
 

Introducing Johnston100 by Monotype
http://www.monotype.com/resources/case-studies/introducing-johnston100-the-language-of-london

 

 

Goudy & Syracuse: The Tale of a Typeface Found by Pentagram

DO

Scan your Foundational Hand, Roman Minuscules, Typecooker Translation, and Typecooker Expansion work from Week 3.

Complete your Roman Minuscules practice sheets for next week. Use a pointed nib.

  1. alphabet necklace in between n’s (fill up the page).

    • nanbncndnenfngnhninjnknlnmnnnonpnqnrnsntnunvnwnxnynzn

  2. alphabet necklace o’s (fill up the page).

    • oaobocodoeofogohoiojokolomonooopoqorosotouovowoxoyozo

Complete your Foundational Hand practice sheets for next week. Use C1 nib at 30°

  1. alphabet necklace in between n’s (fill up the page).

    • nanbncndnenfngnhninjnknlnmnnnonpnqnrnsntnunvnwnxnynzn

  2. alphabet necklace o’s (fill up the page).

    • oaobocodoeofogohoiojokolomonooopoqorosotouovowoxoyozo

Revise your TypeCooker Expansion worksheet

  • 1 TypeCooker worksheets at the Easy Level.
    Keyword: Ranges

    Expansion Contrast: The contrast produced by a pointed nib pen.

Revise your Typecooker Translation worksheet.

  • 1 TypeCooker worksheets at the Easy Level.
    Keyword: Ranges


    Translation Contrast: The contrast produced by a broad nib pen.

Scan your Roman Minuscules practice sheets and save them as 300dpi high quality jpegs inside the Calligraphy folder on the Shared Drive as:

  • YourName_RomanMinuscules_Week04_001.jpg

  • YourName_RomanMinuscules_Week04_002.jpg

Scan your Foundational Hand practice sheets and save them as 300dpi high quality jpegs inside the Calligraphy folder on the Shared Drive as:

  • YourName_FoundationalHand_Week04_001.jpg

  • YourName_FoundationalHand_Week04_002.jpg

Scan your typecooker lettering pieces and save them as 300dpi high quality jpegs inside the Lettering folder on the Shared Drive as:

  • YourName_TypeCooker_Week04_Easy_001-Expansion.jpg

  • YourName_TypeCooker_Week04_Easy_001-Translation.jpg

Download and complete either the BodoniBold Revival_Template.ai or CaslonHeavy Revival_Template.ai revival worksheet using the Prototyping technique shown in class. Make sure to check the Drawing for Interpolation reference sheet as well as this vectorizing tutorial.

When you're done, export a pdf and email it to me named as:

  • YourName_BodoniBold.pdf
    or

  • YourName_CaslonHeavy.pdf

Download and complete either the Bodoni_Words_Template.ai or Caslon_Words_Template.ai worksheet. 

For Bodoni, typeset the words delegated, leagued, and eagled using your digitized letterforms
Line 1: delegated
Line 2: leagued
Line 3: eagled

For Caslon, typeset the words stylistic, nittily, and instils using your digitized letterforms.
Line 1: stylistic
Line 2: nittily
Line 3: instils

When you're done, export a pdf and email it to me named as:

  • YourName_BodoniBold_Words.pdf
    or

  • YourName_CaslonHeavy_Words.pdf

Write a brief paragraph answering these questions and post as a comment on the blog.

  1. What was the easiest and hardest thing about this assignment? Talk about your process/experience of reviving a typeface.

  2. What's your favorite feature (typographic detail) of Caslon or Bodoni? Why?

  3. What was the hardest and easiest letter (or part of a letter) to draw? Why?

  4. What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses so far?

BRING NEXT WEEK

  1. Scan, upload, and pin your four calligraphy practice sheets (Foundational Hand and Roman Minuscules) for discussion at the beginning of the next class.

  2. Scan, upload, print, and pin your two Typecooker lettering pieces (translation and expansion) to the board for critique at the beginning of the next class.

  3. A printout of the completed BodoniBold Revival_Template.ai or CaslonHeavy Revival_Template.ai worksheet.

  4. A printout of the completed Bodoni_Words_Template.ai or Caslon_Words_Template.ai worksheet.

  5. Post your writings on the comments section and be ready to present discuss both your calligraphy and lettering assignments at the beginning of the next class.