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The HWT Brylski Font Project

Friday, June 02nd, 2017 | 14 comments

HWT Brylski is a typeface by Nick Sherman, named for retired wood type cutter Norb Brylski and designed to be cut as wood type at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. It incorporates several themes that were common in 19th-century type design, including split Tuscan serifs with angled mansard-style sides, heavy weight placement at the top and bottom of letters (traditionally referred to as French or Italian/Italienne, regardless of any actual relation to those countries), and an extended overall width.

The digital typeface includes a few bonus features:
• Alternate forms for G, M, N, Q, R, V, W, and exclamation mark
• A set of simplified glyphs for the percent, at, and copyright signs an homage to how those symbols were often sold as generic designs for wood type, marketed separately in the back of the catalog
•A set of punctuation with flipped side angles
•A handful of dingbats and arrows

Following traditional wood type production methods, several limitations were employed in Brylski’s design process to simplify manufacturing and composition of the physical wood type. For example, in traditional fashion, all glyphs were designed with the same minimal amount of sidebearing space. At the intended size, all glyphs have widths in half-pica increments. Kerning is simplified to a minimum group of glyphs and is designed around the idea of wood blocks being sawed to interlock with each other.

Though not a strict revival of any one historical typeface, Brylski takes cues from various old-fashioned designs including Midway Ornate, Aldine Extended, Wm H. Page & Co’s No. 121 (a.k.a. Mansard), French Antique Extended, and Hellenic Wide, among others.​​​​​​​

Brylski joins the ranks of the Hamilton Wood Type Legacy Project where noted designers have created new designs produced in traditional wood type, as well as digital releases, for letterpress printers and designers of all stripes. Graphic design legends Matthew Carter, Louise Fili, Marian Bantjes, and Erik Spiekermann have created Van Lanen, Mardell, Bernice, and Artz respectively, and now Nick Sherman adds Brylski to the series. The fonts each carry the names of residents of Two Rivers, WI who worked at  the Hamilton Manufacturing company and kept the art of wood type alive into the present day.

The digital version of Brylski is available along with all other HWT fonts is available to the general public through P22’s Hamilton Wood Type Collection with proceeds of sales supporting Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum’s ongoing mission of preservation and education of printing heritage and engaging with contemporary designers. The wood type version of Brylski is currently in production at the Hamilton Museum. If you haven't been there you should really treat yourself and plan a visit!

To see more images of the making of HWT Brylski see our Behance page.


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Je pense que la police de caractères HWT de Nick Sherman est une chose très authentique et intéressante. Je sens combien de travail le designer a fait lors de sa création. En tant que responsable marketing, je suis sûr que c'est une bonne idée de faire une version numérique. Je serais heureux d'apporter ma contribution à cette production. Si vous avez besoin d'un site Web, je vous recommande de comment faire une analyse seo, et cette version numérique en ligne de Brylski deviendra certainement plus populaire.

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