Font Friday

Emeritus

Emeritus feels traditional and very much alive. The blackletter typeface Emeritus on a phone set in the title and a pullquote by me, Oliver Schöndorfer saying:"The great beauty of Blackletter shows when words become patterns."

Display typeface

designed by Tim Vanhille, Léon Hugues, Matthieu Salvaggio
at Blaze Type

1 style

Display

Licenses from

€ 30 (web, app, print)

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

Specialty

A calligraphic, contemporary interpretation of a blackletter typeface with a ton of stylistic alternates, ideal for your next beer label or storybook.

My thoughts on Emeritus

My heart just starts jumping when looking a these beautiful, rhythmical patterns blackletter typefaces can create! It is so much visual joy! Sometimes super hard to read, and horrible for long reading text, since we are not used to that. Emeritus by Blaze Type feels traditional, but not strict or dusty.

Blackletter Love in all caps. Super hard to read. So beautiful to look at! This rhythmical pattern makes Emeritus so interesting. A rigid structure is loosened by organic terminals with hairline endings.

I think what Emeritus does really well is how it mixes a rigid structure of very contrasting lines with a lot of liveliness and playfulness. Try to set Emeritus as large as possible, so you can see the organic terminals and the curved hairline endings. Gorgeous! And make use of its plenty alternate characters.

A few of the plenty stylistic alternates Emeritus provides

Of course, you’ll have to have a project that works for it. And for screen display it most likely will be too delicate or hard to read. Nevertheless, maybe it will do for one word, or a gigantic drop cap? I think I should design a fairy tail app only to do that … If you dig this style, but Emeritus is a bit too much, check out Avona or the free font Grenze I reviewed.


What do you think? Is Emeritus something for an upcoming project, or do you have a font recommendation? Tell me in the comments below!

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2 Comments

  1. My 1st thought was “This is a masterpiece”, an ancient one👌🏻
    I don’t even consider its readiness, all I think is it’s a design piece, and don’t care about that headline!

    You’re not alone. Whenever I land on some website to read an article, my eyes are sensitive to all things letters. If the typography is off, that will impact the experience, despite the value of the content. But I’m far from being a proficient nerd like You. This week’s font is a nice surprise, going to archive for some Christmas design!

    1. Oh! Great idea, Jana – it definitely fits a Christmas theme 🎄! And so happy to have you in the Club of Type Sensitive People. Life is good and hard here 😅.

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