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PROKYON
DUTCH TYPE LIBRARY

German type designer Erhard Kaiser conceived Prokyon as a sans serif typeface with classical proportions and modern forms. His aim to achieve “formreduktion” or “simplification of shapes” of common letters is particularly apparent in the lowercase a, d, m, n, p, q and r. Prokyon is equipped with three different kinds of numerals and traditional small caps.

SCALA & SCALA SANS
FONTFONT

Scala was designed in the 1980s by Dutch typographer Martin Majoor for the Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht. A humanist text face with low contrast, it informed his design of a companion sans serif in 1994. In the design of Scala and Scala Sans, Majoor arrived at his motto of “two typefaces, one form principle.” They are obvious and complimentary partners.

DIDOT
LINOTYPE GMBH

Parisian printer and punchcutter Firmin Didot cut the best-known Didot romans and italics. Robert Bringhurst notes, “The romans, cut in the thick of the French Revolution, have a strictly rationalist structure. They have left every vestige of Baroque variety behind.” Linotype’s digital version of Didot was drawn by Adrian Frutiger.

ENGLISH GOTHIC BLACKLETTERS
LETTERS AND LETTERING, BY FRANK C. BROWN

Gothic letters are the typographic equivalent of the late period of Gothic architecture. Blackletter, a style of Gothic lettering, is characterized by a narrow letterform, and shortened ascenders and descenders. The condensation of letter, word and line spacing results in a page of uniform blackness. The late 15th century blackletters used in our print identity were redrawn from a brass original by Frank Chouteau Brown and published in 1902.