Revival Type

Revival Type

Digital typefaces inspired by the past

  1. Paul Shaw
  2. Foreword by Jonathan Hoefler
  • ISBN 9780500241516
  • 24.60 x 19.00 cm
  • Quarterbound (no jacket)
  • 256pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2017

A wide-ranging survey of revival typefaces focusing on digital fonts with roots in the past

Revival Type spread

Examples in 'Revival Type' include direct revivals of metal and wood typefaces, while others are looser interpretations of older typefaces. Among the fonts are interpretations of classic designs by Nicolas Jenson, Claude Garamont, Robert Granjon, William Caslon, John Baskerville, Giambattista Bodoni, Firmin Didot and other iconic names. Alongside them are typefaces rooted in the work of important, though lesser known, names such as Eudald Pradell, Philippe Grandjean and Richard Austin.

Finally, there are updates and revisions of 20th-century classics like Palatino, Meridien, DIN, Metro and Neue Haas Grotesk (the original name of Helvetica). Some designs are not revivals of typefaces but of letterforms, from inscriptions to calligraphic manuals to letters in posters and bookjackets. Some revivals are aesthetic extensions of 20th-century typefaces that have been updated technologically. Others are actually reinterpretations or variations on typefaces from the past necessitated by having to make types that function in the 21st century and not in the distant past. Re:Type looks at type ‘revivals’ in this broad manner.

Paul Shaw is the award-winning designer or co-designer of 18 typefaces. He also teaches at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.

Jonathan Hoefler founded The Hoefler Type Foundry in 1989. He has designed original typefaces for Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire and the band 'They Might Be Giant's.