I drew inspiration for this letter from a photo I took in October on my type-safari in Würzburg. Due to the hipsters, the mere form isn’t exceptional any more. What’s exceptional in this case is the dating and place, where it can be found: An oriel tower of the Röntgen Gymnasium at Sanderring, a transport nodal point in Würzburg. “The hipster-R already existed in Art Nouveau!” tweeted Christoph Köberlin .
The Q-Ball by Raffaele Tessore is based on a strict grid, with arcs allowing dynamic curves. Even the spacing and kernig of the font remain its units faithfully. The typeface was created in 26+ workshop / lecture in summer 2012 at the FH Münster.
After a total of 306 steps up St. Peter, you can have a great lock above Munich, but the really exciting thing is at the base of the tower. There are several old stone tablets with finely engraved type. So today the 2 from a pending TypSafari is in focus – even though the date is the 5th: The swashy horizontal and the almost walbaum-style tension of the strong curved top reveals a contrast to the otherwise set in blackletter tablet
Today, no letter is the glyph of the day, but a dingbat: The index, also manicule (Latin: manus = hand) or or printer’s fist has hardly use in todays book design. Anyway, its unicode (uni261E) offers a usage! In my new font Franziska there will definitely be an interpretation of this character.