If you are not involved in typography you probably never heard the term Fraktur.
Being a lover of dark things though, you probably read a lot of Cds or books titles printed in gothic fonts; that kind of fonts are actually called Blackletter or Fraktur.
They were commonly used in Europe during the Middle Ages (the name Dark Ages suits better on this blog) until the end of Reinassance when Latin Antiqua took over.
In recent years there has been a return of Fraktur, it is often used for several mainstream publications and products.
Being such an obscure, ancient type family, Blackletter is excellent for goth-related designs and products and althought I don’t use it often on my works, I truly love it.
Therefore, when I read online about “Fraktur mon amour”, a book by Berlin-based graphic designer Judith Schalanksy, I bought it immediately.
The book, resembling someway a Bible with fake leather cover and stylish pink page borders, is a collection of 300 variations of Blackletter fonts including historical fonts as well as contemporary reinterpretations. Each font is presented on two pages, the first one featuring a wonderful pattern design created with some letters of the font, the second one displaying the full alphabet plus details of the designer, date of origin and foundry.
Included with the book you’ll find a CD Rom with a selection of 137 font for free personal use.
Please check some pictures from the book here, if you like it be sure to buy your copy now, It will probably become a cult book soon.
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