My ears cannot hear.
I have arms that never budge
And stems that don’t grow.
I found myself very interested in Marian Bantjes’ work! She has an incredibly unique approach to typography. Her work is very specific and can’t be used in just any design. She does a lot of hand-lettering and stylized calligraphy. Some of the letterforms in her typeface are so ornate that they are barely recognizable. It’s no surprise that she has a background in illustration.
I really enjoyed this assignment. My letterform is a fusion of a Baskerville “n”, the descender of the “j”, and the ear of the “g.” I found it very helpful to create thumbnails of the actual Baskerville letterforms before beginning our sketches of fictional letterforms. There were so many minute details that I don’t think I would have been quite as aware of had I gone right into creating my fictional letterform. When I started designing my letterform, I wasn’t considering how easily it could be written. Once I tried writing out each letter, it was much easier to narrow down my sketches to this design.
related ideas: help, reinforcement, strength, structure, added extra, a stepping stone, boost, make fuller, maximize, buttress
visual qualities: tall, bold (showing strength) OR thin (show structure)?, bottom heavy (to give the illusion of being held up/boosted)
1.indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent: a sluggish disposition.
2.not acting or working with full vigor, as bodily organs: a sluggish liver.
3.slow to act or respond: a sluggish car engine.
4.moving slowly, or having little motion, as a stream.
5.slow, as motion.
1. averse to activity or exertion
2. slow to respond (as to stimulation or treatment)
related ideas: lazy, slow, weak , bored
visual qualities: sloppy, wavy, lopsided, thick, dragging lines
Transitional Serif: ITC New Baskerville Roman
Lexy chose to create a fairly simple letterform. She flipped the loop from the Baskerville “g” and attached it to the top of a fully enclosed, round bowl. Because the bowl of her letterform is taller than the upper bowl of the the “g,” there is no link in the joining of the two forms. There is a clear contrast between thick and thin strokes, a vertical axis, the curved strokes are very rounded, and the terminal is tapered. She did a great job of using the characteristics of the Baskerville typeface, and bringing in a new element by connecting the two halves in a way that doesn’t exist in any Baskerville letterform. Lexy’s fictional letterform looks very natural between the “p” and “q” as they all have a closed bowl. The descenders of the “p” and “q” balance the ascender of the new letterform. Her decision to keep it simple makes it easily handwritten, believable, and recognizable as a part of the font family.
I found a few great articles on the difference between font and typeface. The main points I got from reading are that a typeface is the design of the characters created by typographers, while font refers to the variations of the typeface.
Typeface vs. Font
This website even uses each in a few sentences, which is helpful!
I’ve found the following characteristics of Baskerville to be most notable:
High contrast between thick and thin strokes
Circular curved strokes
fairly tall x-height
This poster does a great job of showing how circular the curved strokes of Baskerville are. It makes it much easier to sketch out the letterforms more accurately!