Bremer Antiqua Revival
My revival project for Type West was of the typeface Bremer Antiqua. It was designed in 1912 for Bremer Presse, a small German private press (1911–1939), considered a benchmark in German book design. Willy Wiegand, founder of Bremer Presse, designed the typeface for proprietary use by the press.
Bremer Antiqua is a text typeface intended for use in editorial design for when one requires a conservative typeface with quirky character and rhythmic, dense texture on the page.
The typeface revival was created during Term 1 of Type West with co-instructors Graham Bradley and Kel Troughton, held online at Letterform Archive in 2021.
The source material was a single page of the book Cornelii Taciti Germania, printed in 1912 (image made available through Ketterer Kunst, an auction house in Italy). A comparison is pictured below.
I missed out a lot of details in my initial sketches—some of them being characteristic of the typeface—which became clearer on closer inspection.