Implied Blackletter, Fraktur-esque Font

Wesley.Bancroft's picture

So I am starting a project wherein the branding is surrounding a famous Catholic saint, Padre Pio. So my ideation has lead to creating a wordmark that emulates a Gutenberg style typeface but also has a very modern feel to it. Basically, I am looking for a font that very subtly implies a blackletter style without such hard strokes.

...and yes I have looked at Fakir.

oldnick's picture

Why would you want to represent an Italian saint with a German blackletter? I could see it if you were promoting Martin Luther...

doubledaggers's picture

Perhaps Tim Ahren's Herb, orAiram LT STD?

Wesley.Bancroft's picture

@doubledaggers Thanks for the suggestions! Those are actually very helpful.

@oldnick I guess I didn't think about the country that Pio had come from... which is a great point, although I am not sure if Italian typography really reflects Catholicism as a whole. I am trying to touch on more the more archaic roots of the religion, such as scribes and early printing press. I am thinking more of a Benedictine calligraphic style with a modern twist.

I do not think that Padre Pio was too much into experimental Italian futurist type.

; )

Reed Reibstein's picture


And moving farther afield, but still perhaps appropriate ...

Wesley.Bancroft's picture

@auricfuzz I really like Lapture! These are all great. Thanks guys for the help with the fonts and some thought on my research.

Anymore are appreciated.


oldnick's picture

FWIW, among my prized typographic possessions is a page from a Roman Catholic Missal published in Venice in 1520. The closest present-day equivalent to the alphabet used on my page (which prescribes the ritual for dedicating a new church) would be Tudor Black. I am rather surprised that a quick online search didn't reveal a digital version (at least, not one credited as Tudor Black) other than my inline offering, Fordor Incised NF..

Queneau's picture

I really like Hamlet by Canada Type, though I don't know if it fits here...

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