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4–7 September, 2019

Friday, 6 September | | Miraikan Hall

Talk | Presented in English

Two Revivals

This talk presents a comparison of two type-revival projects published in the book Reviving Type by Céline Hurka and Nóra Békés (written under the supervision of Frank E. Blokland). Two studies, which started out as a university assignment and then evolved into an independent research project, are woven together into a single volume: one study tells the story of the Renaissance letters of Garamont and Granjon; the other is about the Baroque types of Nicholas Kis. Reviving Type guides the reader from finding original sources in archives, through historical investigation and the design process, to a finished typeface. The first, theoretically grounded part of the book provides insight into historical changes in type design through visual examples of printed matter. The second part offers a thorough explanation of the production process of the revival typefaces. Here, two different approaches are placed side by side, creating a dialogue about different working methods in type design. Technical details, design decisions, and difficulties arising during the design process are thoroughly discussed. Rich imagery of original archival material and technical illustrations visually buttress the texts. Taken as a whole, the publication becomes a “cookbook” for anyone wanting to dive into revival type design. Reviving Type will be published in the fall of 2019.