Where is the Blackletter

Chris Washer's picture

Hey,

I am wondering what blackletter faces are usually used for. I should mention that I am from New Zealand, which is a very, very young country. The only time I see blackletter faces around here are for fashion labels (on the goth bandwagon) and heavy metal record covers. Or not-heavy-metal-record-covers that are being ironic. The covers are mostly foreign (i.e. American, British) anyway.

Oh right, and on newspaper titles.

So, where else arethey be used?

- Chris

paul d hunt's picture

Fraktur or Blackletter? I'd like to see Mexican Fraktur...

Cristina Paoli's picture

I recommend the following book:

Blackletter: Type and National Identity.
Edited by Peter Bain and Paul Shaw
ISBN 1-56898-125-2

It contains good essays on the subject and gives a great overview on blackletter history.

Cristina Paoli's picture

You are right. In my case, since I’ll work with vernacular graphics, I’ll be searching for any blackletter-ish type: textura, rotunda, schwabacher and fraktur.

But I promise that if I find a fraktur-ish Mexican vernacular type I’ll post it immediatly for you.

Nick Shinn's picture

Here's a theory: Blackletter was a trendy face worldwide (as part of the Arts & Crafts movement that was such a force in the first mass media) at the time of the Mexican Revolution. Perhaps that association has imbued it with a Mexican-ness.

hrant's picture

Cristina, yes, that's a superb thesis subject - good luck with it! And I hope you share the results here. As for that blackletter book you mention, it's actually what first triggered my interest in the style. That and a thick German novel set in 1905, which seemed shockingly readable to me.

hhp

timd's picture

Germany also sought to develop a sphere of influence, economic and political, in Mexico both before and after the Revolution, maybe that included printing presses and typefaces.
Tim

saidlechat's picture

Hi,
As I just recently stumbled about this forum, I hope there is still someone...
Now my Question:
I am doing now the final project in my graphic design studies and my theme is treating the
recognition and usage of blackletter typefaces in our times.
As I am german it is pretty clear to me how it is in the german speaking area.
What I am more interested in is how other cultures see and "feel" those typefaces.
What associations are made and so on...

So, I am really interested in other points of you, far from the beer and nationalist cliché.

@diego m: Maybe I could contact you to get to know the latino point of view?

I am happy about all replys, Thank you

Hannah's picture

New member:

Hi, in response to your post below (and hopefully there are still people checking this forum):

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"""Hi,
As I just recently stumbled about this forum, I hope there is still someone…
Now my Question:
I am doing now the final project in my graphic design studies and my theme is treating the
recognition and usage of blackletter typefaces in our times.
As I am german it is pretty clear to me how it is in the german speaking area.
What I am more interested in is how other cultures see and “feel” those typefaces.
What associations are made and so on…

So, I am really interested in other points of you, far from the beer and nationalist cliché.

@diego m: Maybe I could contact you to get to know the latino point of view?

I am happy about all replys, Thank you"""""""""
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Glad to hear your from Germany. I'm a New Zealander and also doing a final year project on Blackletter:

Central Question
"Can validity be restored to blackletter?"

How do German's view blackletter today (I will wait to see if anyone active on here before answering your quesiton).

Hannah

fontplayer's picture

blackletter with all-lc setting

One I like found HERE?

Hannah's picture

That is very nice,

I like how the ligatures and terminals have that very sleek kind of adornment to them.

dan_reynolds's picture

Central Question
“Can validity be restored to blackletter?”
How do German’s view blackletter today (I will wait to see if anyone active on here before answering your quesiton).

I've tried to answer some of this in your thread here:
http://typophile.com/node/20252#comment-125672

Hannah's picture

yes, thanks very much for your input. Alot more useful on this site compared to our uni one that mainly digital/media people use.

fontplayer's picture

Here is an interesting new blackletter-hand I came across this morning.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Disneyland!



The logo has since changed to a Walt Disney signature and
Futura combo, but this is the original 1955 sign that is still
intact.

Zara Evens's picture

Marian Bantjes designed the most rawkin' 2004 Annual Report for the BC chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada in all blackletter types. In poster form, and on the back of a Rick Valicenti design no less, she used roughly nine different typefaces in various styles, including Fette Fraktur, pixel-happy Brea and Monarchia. I wish there was an online version

machismo's picture

Hi vincent,

What font would this one be.... The one in the 3rd tuesday image on page 1.

machismo

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