The latest news related to this PhD research.
’s-Hertogenbosch, 22 September 2013
On Wednesday 28 August in the presence of the Expert class Type design 2013–2014 (Plantin Institute of Typography) students, Guy Hutsebaut of the Museum Plantin-Moretus and Frank E. Blokland tested (again) Blokland’s theory on the systematization of the Renaissance font production, culminating in the standardization of character-widths in matrices. From Garamont’s original 16th-century matrices of the Gros Canon Romain the complete lower case was cast using a ﬁxed setting for the mould’s registers. By just centering the lower-case l and adding a little bit of space at both sides of the serifs, it was possible to properly cast the complete lower case with the same register setting for the mould.
EcTd-student Kees Kanters recorded the casting on video, which resulted in the movie above. He also took a couple of marvelous photo’s and placed them on a dedicated Flickr page.
’s-Hertogenbosch, 14 October 2012
In the recently released book Reading Letters: designing for legibility by Dr. Soﬁe Beier, Chapter 4 Theories on letter structure describes on three dedicated pages (the background of) some of Frank E. Blokland’s models and theories. The other two approaches described in this chapter are the mostly calligraphy-oriented ones by Edward Johnston and Gerrit Noordzij.