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Sneak peek: Neacademia

Neacademia by Sergei Egorov is an excellent Latin and Cyrillic type family, a contemporary interpretation of the Aldine types from 15th century. So old it’s new!
It is inspired by the types cut by 15th century Italian punchcutter Francesco Griffo da Bolgnа for the famous Venetian printer and publisher Aldus Pius Manutius. Neacademia is designed for lengthy texts of an appropriate nature such as classical literature and art. Different versions of the typeface are optimised for settings at specific point sizes in a manner, traditional for setting metal type. While the display sizes maintain a visual link to its calligraphic roots, text sizes exhibit more typographic qualities, following the moves of the carver’s, not calligrapher’s, hand.
The typeface designed with specific allowances for letterpress printing; when printed digitally, it can tolerate and even benefit from low resolution, rough paper, and low-grade presswork. This carefully crafted family already proved its qualities in the Modern Cyrillic 2009 competition where it was awarded in a ‘type system’ category.
The initial release of Text versions of regular and italic this June will be followed by a series of optical sizes (expected release in early 2012).

You can also have a look at a demo boradsheet printed in English and Russian using multiple optical sizes. The photopolymer runs were printed and photographed by Peter Fraterdeus.
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Date: May 2011
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