Fraktur mon Amour: Blackletter Resurgence

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Fraktur mon Amour is an homage to Blackletter fonts.

As anyone who knows me will tell you – and as all of the graphic design on this site proudly demonstrates – I love fonts.  I don’t understand them, I don’t know how people build them or how they relate to each other but I do know that sometimes they’re called typefaces.

To clear up the whole Fonts vs Typeface controversy I have consulted the internet and come away with this distinction: A typeface is a set or family of fonts in the same style while a font is a single kind of typeface, ie Times New Roman.

To me they’re an amazingly art form that’s capable of evoking powerful emotions and ideas.  A good font in the hands of a skilled designer can turn something plain into something profound.

Fractur Mon Amour-7XSome sort of modern Atari Asteroids inspired font called Dotic. By Miguel Hernandez.

Which brings us to this amazing new book from Princeton Architectural Press called Fraktur mon Amour.  The book was originally published in 2006 by German house Verlag Hermann Schmidt.

The visionary concept, text, design and layout for the 720 page book was done by a woman named Judith Schalansky.  It is a deep and sincere expression of her love for Blackletter fonts.

From the back cover: “Blackletter, also known as Fraktur or Gothic type, is currently experiencing s resurgence among graphic designers.  Companies such as Nike and Reebok use it in their advertising, and it decorates posters, album covers, and even the skin in the form of tattoos.”

Fractur Mon Amour-9XA contemporary font, Semper Idem. By Petra Heidorn.

You can see by the photos that Fraktur mon Amour is a thick book.  Well conceived and designed with love.

The contents consist of a long series of facing pages with a showcase of each font on the right hand side and some concrete poetic designs on the left facing page that utilize the showcased font in imaginative ways.

Linking the literal and poetic aspects of the fonts and hopefully inspiring some experimentation among the readers.

All in all an excellent book that also includes a cd featuring a tonne of Fraktur fonts for people to play with and perhaps give their future designs that Gothic feel.

Fractur Mon Amour-5XA textura font, P22 Canterbury.  By Ted Staunton.

Sean Cranbury is the Executive Editor of Books on the Radio. He's also Founder and Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. Sean is General Manager at the legendary Storm Crow Tavern and consults with literary arts organizations on digital communications strategies.

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  • […] Fraktur mon Amour is an homage to Blackletter fonts. As anyone who knows me will tell you – and as all of the graphic design on this site proudly demonstrates – I love fonts.  I don't understand them, I don't know how people build them or how they relate to each other but I do know that sometimes they're called typefaces. To clear up the whole Fonts vs Typeface controversy I have consulted the internet and come away with this distinction: A typef … Read More […]

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