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However, since then someone invisible persistently whispered “mache die Schrift!” in my ears. But I still hesitated for a long while since I was uncertain about what should decently accompany the capitals on the lc positions. When I ﬁnally started the actual work the idea was to place a kind of uncial glyphs there, to try something new. But my energy to spend on it didn’t last very long …
After more than a year I reconsidered the project, now thinking about doing small capitals. It was still a quite ‘capitalish’ matter in my eyes. But then I looked aside on the Andron project. As one of many aspects of that typeface I developed what I call the “tricameral alphabet model” some years ago. This is a typographic system consisting of “three houses”: uppercase, lowercase and middlecase letters. And I thought: yes, the three of it – that’s it!
By the way, I don’t see any ‘Lapidaria Italic’ up to now. For me this is not really belonging to the nature of that kind of typeface. But anyway, it ought to become a proper family. The modest set of three weights realized is what may be the most useful, I think.
Until outstanding sales ;-) force me to do so I’ll never add a fattish Bold because I don’t like fat type very much. But possibly an additional Medium (between Regular and Semibold) and also a Thin (below the Light) may be an option some day.
However, another option does appeal to me much more: making ornated versions. Because the face is soo ornamentish … ;-)
Why not. A swashy variant has already been recently dicussed in this thread. Could be funny! The other idea is to make ornated initials, in a rather smart and crisp fashion, perhaps. Sketches already exist …