Contemporary blackletter

Eimantas Paškonis's picture

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Ryuk's picture

Don't think it's a font, rather a custom lettering. Alternatives courtesy Mike 'Bowfin Printworks' Yanega: http://www.typophile.com/node/31519#comment-185450

donshottype's picture

I agree that this beer wordmark is lettering in much the same way as the wordmark for Black Tower wine

or for Oktoberfest

There is at least one contemporary blackletter that has some of the flavor of the wordmark for Duvel. For example Johan Mosse's Guillemet http://www.fontshop.com/fonts/downloads/gestalten/guillemet_ot/ot_ps
I trust there are others...
Don

donshottype's picture

Take a look at Fette Gotisch


https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/fette-gotisch/
Strip Fette Gotisch of the serifs, round some corners where the angled strokes meet the vertical, delete the fancy stuff on the capital, and it would be suggestively similar to a lighter weight of Duvel.
Don

Mike F's picture

Another good starting point, perhaps, might be Grenadier.

donshottype's picture

Today's gratuitous comment: I think there is a market for mellow, happy lifestyle blackletters, that would match the Duvel word-mark, and others that I posted, rather than the endless proliferation of angry, angular blackletters that are offered by fontmakers for consumption by bikers, heavy metal, pained tattoo aficionados, urban rebellion, Reich revivalist skinheads, Putinist fascists etc. So, fontmakers, get cracking.
Don

Mike F's picture

I think there is a market for mellow, happy lifestyle blackletters ...

Hah. I like it, Don. That would surely hold true for marketing to consumers in the second half of life. Therein, perhaps, is the limitation, though. I'm not a designer or in advertising, but it seems like angry blackletter is used for a huge range of products aimed at the younger crowd, while happy blackletter seems limited to saying, "This is German". There are exceptions and I may be wrong, but that's how it appears to me as a consumer.

I was pleasantly surprised when, in 2002 - a time when there was still plenty of that angry blackletter on rock album covers and in video games - Ray Larabie gave us Vinque (clearly a modification of William Morris' work). And this from a video games programmer.

donshottype's picture

Hi Mike. Vinque works for me! Morris blackletters are good.
BTW all consumers, except those that die young, have a second half of life quite different from the angst ridden first half. Nuff said. Lets get the designers working!
As for the German thing there is a big difference between laid back Fat Fritz in the beer hall, and the heil this and that gang.
Don

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