WALBAUM

johnland's picture

I am looking for a Walbaum and am torn between Storm and Berthold (Standard). The Storm is heavier - too heavy? but gets the quirky uppercase 'r' better. The Storm's heaviness does give it perhaps greater legibility.

Storm and Berthold both provide pdf's. The Storms is excellent, by the way. I would be interested in anyone's views

John

jupiterboy's picture

Storm's Walbaum is my favorite work from Storm. You see people heavy up faces to make them feel more like letterpress, but the work on this face is really lovely in the micro details. I have yet to take a job to print using it but I don't think you would go wrong.

johnland's picture

thanks so much, Jupiterboy, for your quick reply.I will go with the Storm. Interestingly, a designer I came across on Will Harris web site used Walbaum (I don't know which) for a business card, but Bodoni for the numerals, as they come up clearer, and he challenged the viewer to find some disharmony. It looked very good, actually

dezcom's picture

I really like the Storm version as well. I don't feel it is too heavy at all. It holds up much better at small sizes as well.

ChrisL

johnland's picture

I am doubly fortified in going with Storm! Thanks, Chris.

This is a new topic, really, but came to me as an afterthought. There are three faces I love, but nobody seems to use them much. They are Weiss, Aldus and Zapf Renaissance. The last two are Hermann Zapf, of course, but all three are so great, I wonder whether all this is a matter of fashion, or poor PR from the foundries.

dezcom's picture

My guess is that it is not the foundries but the customers who make choices based on their own needs and perceptions.

ChrisL

Nick Shinn's picture

There are three faces I love, but nobody seems to use them much.

Things could be worse.
What if Comic Sans, Times and Ariel were your faves?

jupiterboy's picture

Nick's Walburn is a very nice rework as well. It is good to have such carefully put together versions of this great face.

poms's picture

Just for your pleasure - some hot metal-Walbaum in typographic action, nowadays in Berlin :)
Unger Fraktur and Walbaum
Walbaum, Walbaum Kursiv (italic)
Walbaum
and
Bodoni, Bodoni kursiv (italic)

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Don McCahill's picture

> What if Comic Sans, Times and Ariel were your faves?

Worse yet. Comic Sans, Tekton, and Dom Casual.

brampitoyo's picture

Hey, what's wrong with picking Ariel as a fave?

:)

dezcom's picture

Nothing, if you drive a Hugo :-)

ChrisL

mr smith's picture

I chose Storm's Walbaum as a body face for a fashion magazine with trepidation, but since have never regretted it. It's a brilliant, idiosyncratic face. Storm = genius.

mondoB's picture

I just made a careful study of Walbaums and concluded that I need two of them: Storm for a delicate, historically accurate look, much like the Monotype version (which is not available with old style figures loaded)...plus Storm has bold italic, which Berthold Standard lacks--I hate that! I know the first job I use it for will require Bold Italic--how many type famillies are still released without one?? And the second Walbaum is from Linotype, heavier and more contrasty than Berthold Standard, and cheaper than Berthold Book (I'm a freelancer who pays for his type). Two really superb Walbaums, with different blacknesses and different personalities. I would like to go for Berthold Standard, but the lack of bold italic is really egregious.

mr smith's picture

The Berthold is beautiful. I guess the quirkiness of the Storm cut is what sold me, plus the discretionary ligatures are hot.

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