The idea was to take a blackletter typeface out of its tainted historical context by recreating its texture with contemporary tools.
In adhesive paper tape I found similar characteristics to a broad pen… at least the fixed stroke thickness. For the glyph shapes I drew inspiration from Schmale Deutsche Anzeigenschrift (the Minuscules) and Tannenberg Fett (the Majuscules), but I tweaked certain characters for legibility.
Initially, this blackletter face was developed as a headline lettering concept for an Austrian creative economy magazine.
Unsurprisingly, the concept was rejected – the publisher feared to come under criticism, which use of Fraktur-related typefaces still provokes in Austria.
Design: Roland Hörmann