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Friday, January 18, 2008

Delicato: The 'Calling All Dawns' Font?

I think I may have found my font for Calling All Dawns. Introducing Delicato, designed by Stephan Hattenbach for the Fountain type foundry (based in Sweden). I think it's quite good; it looks classic, without being overly used, and without the baggage of a font like Trajan.

Here's the creator of the font describing his product:

"After spending my early years experimenting mostly with display faces, my focus now is to make functional text fonts, incorporating both traditional and modern aspects.

Delicato is, in many aspects, built in a traditional way. Still, some modern details have been implemented which classic designs sometimes lack. The prime goal was to make a strong text font for books and longer texts in general. This fact does not exclude the possibilites for use elsewhere.

Throughout history existing designs have often been the source of inspiration for newer ones. Delicato is no exception and looking closely, similarities can be found in the lowercase of Jeremy Tankard’s Enigma and the stems of Petr van Blokland’s Proforma. My goal is to respect these sources and turn my own creation into something new with a unique and personal touch.

Most text faces carry a basic set of weights like regular, italic, bold and small caps. I wanted to expand that a little bit further and added a medium, alternates and a set of ornaments to make the family complete and versatile."

I know I have some artistic readers out there....what do you all think? Thumbs up? Thumbs down?

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Anonymous Dyna said...

Definite thumbs up! It's classic but quirky in its little details, sending a message that it's definitely not mainstream. It sets beautifully both as a text font and as a display (even though it wasn't conceived for that purpose). So lovely...and because it has a contemporary vibe to it, you can pair it up with a sans serif with no problems. A more original solution than tired, much-abused Trajan.

January 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Blogger Larry "Liontamer" Oji said...

I hope you decided in favor of it, because I'm definitely feeling it!

Larry "Liontamer" Oji
Head Submissions Evaluator, OverClocked ReMix
Creator, VG Frequency
Staff, VGMdb

June 5, 2008 at 11:26 PM


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