Filed under: Enthusiasms, Imagination, Recommended Books | Tags: Berlin, Bertram Scmidt-Friderichs, Blackletter, Design, Fonts, Fraktur Mon Amour, Gothic Type, Judith Schalansky, Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, Princeton Architectural Press, Verlag Hermann Schmidt
Fraktur mon Amour is an homage to Blackletter fonts.
As anyone who knows me will tell you – and as all of the graphic design on this site proudly demonstrates – I love fonts. I don’t understand them, I don’t know how people build them or how they relate to each other but I do know that sometimes they’re called typefaces.
To clear up the whole Fonts vs Typeface controversy I have consulted the internet and come away with this distinction: A typeface is a set or family of fonts in the same style while a font is a single kind of typeface, ie Times New Roman.
To me they’re an amazingly art form that’s capable of evoking powerful emotions and ideas. A good font in the hands of a skilled designer can turn something plain into something profound.
Some sort of modern Atari Asteroids inspired font called Dotic. By Miguel Hernandez.
The visionary concept, text, design and layout for the 720 page book was done by a woman named Judith Schalansky. It is a deep and sincere expression of her love for Blackletter fonts.
From the back cover: “Blackletter, also known as Fraktur or Gothic type, is currently experiencing s resurgence among graphic designers. Companies such as Nike and Reebok use it in their advertising, and it decorates posters, album covers, and even the skin in the form of tattoos.”
A contemporary font, Semper Idem. By Petra Heidorn.
You can see by the photos that Fraktur mon Amour is a thick book. Well conceived and designed with love.
The contents consist of a long series of facing pages with a showcase of each font on the right hand side and some concrete poetic designs on the left facing page that utilize the showcased font in imaginative ways.
Linking the literal and poetic aspects of the fonts and hopefully inspiring some experimentation among the readers.
All in all an excellent book that also includes a cd featuring a tonne of Fraktur fonts for people to play with and perhaps give their future designs that Gothic feel.
A textura font, P22 Canterbury. By Ted Staunton.
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