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SEAGULL / 1978 / ADRIAN WILLIAMS

SEAGULL / 1978 / ADRIAN WILLIAMS

2010 / BELLS  BOOKS / PALO ALTO / CA

2010 / BELLS  BOOKS / PALO ALTO / CA

Lately I’ve gravitated more towards Humanistic serifs because I have been practicing the art of calligraphy. Humanistic sans is also known as “oldstyle” with its origins from a hand held pen on a consistent angle to create rhythm. I wanted to point out that this is the first time I’m distinguishing “Humanistic serifs”, because there are “Humanistic san serifs” but that’s for another entry.

At the secondhand bookstore I was drawn to the Seagull Light typeface as another example of a Humanistic serif because at first the lowercase letter “e”, fits right into the characteristics with the slopping bar. Then there is the lowercase letter “r”. Let’s pause. Look at that “r”, that shoulder, and those serifs. Could you just imagine what pen Adrian Williams used to create this font? My guess would be an old brause nib. Adrian Williams designed type and worked on redrawing and converting fonts designed for hot metal typesetting into fonts fit for phototypesetting devices. It is fascinating to follow the evolution of fonts through technological progress. Just as humans get older and develop a better sense of character through years of refinement, fonts have been refined to fit the time and its purpose. Seagull seems to be have had a a good run since it was created in 1978, it’s not loud but it certainly has a unique personality, a man that has lived a life and enjoys slowly walking around with his classic tweed suit and his yellow bow tie. But when I take a closer look at the uppercase letter "B", it becomes very feminine to me and untrustworthy. What do you think, how do you feel about this font? 

METAL VS. PHOTOTYPESETTING

METAL VS. PHOTOTYPESETTING

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