Sunday, December 02, 2007

New Goudy Digitizations


Two new font releases from Lanston Type Co. from the original art of Frederic W. Goudy

LTC Goudy Extras
A set of over 50 ornaments, connecting borders, flourishes and decorative motifs originally designed by Frederic Goudy throughout his career. Many of these designs were used by Goudy at his Village Press and offered by his Village Foundry in the 1920s. The styles range from complex title page illustrations to simple linking borders, but all have the unique Goudy style. This set is completely different from the Goudy Ornaments found in the P22 Goudy Aries Set.

LTC Italian Oldstyle
Italian Oldstyle designed by Frederic Goudy in 1924 has now been digitized by Paul Hunt. This new font is not to be confused with the font "Adobe Italian Oldstyle MT", which is an earlier design from 1911 based on William Morris's Golden Type based on Nicholas Jenson's Roman face. Goudy went back to Jenson's original Roman and other Renaissance Roman faces for his inspiration and the result is what many consider to be the best Renaissance face adapted for modern use. Bruce Rogers was one of the biggest admirers of this face. He designed the original specimen book for Italian Oldstyle in 1924 using his trademark ornament arrangement.This specimen is a classic example of Rogers's design and Italian Oldstyle in an exceptional setting.

With most digitizations of old metal typefaces, one source size is often used as reference (as was Goudy's method for his own cuttings of his Village foundry types) so that all sizes refer to one set of original artwork. The original hot metal fonts made by Lanston Monotype (from Goudy's drawings) and other manufacturers used two or three masters for different size ranges to have optimal relative weights (smaller type sizes would need proportionally thicker lines to not appear thin and larger sizes would require thinner lines to not appear to bulky). The variations in size ranges can also be affected by the size of the cutter head in making the master patterns. The light weights of LTC Italian Oldstyle were digitized from display sizes (14, 18, 24, 30, 36 pt) and the regular weights were digitized from smaller composition sizes (8,10,12 pt.). The fitting for the regular weights is noticeably looser to allow for better setting at small sizes. Very few font revivals take this approach.

A Pro version of Italian Oldstyle will be released in late 2008 with ligatures, small caps and expanded language coverage.

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