Font Family: Westeinde Caption, Number of fonts: 10*OTF, Type Foundry: Hungarumlaut, Designer: Adam Katyi, Design date: 2014
The idea behind Westeinde
When the designers set type with lead-type, they had a different design for each size, size specific design. Legible at 6 pt, beautiful at 72 pt. Fonts were designed specifically for the size, for which they were to be used. But when they started to adapt the typefaces from lead-type to photo-type setting, in most cases they adapted only one optical size, and used the typeface with the same design in both, 6 and 72 point size. (Respect for the exceptions, like TypoArt in East Germany, they adapted all the optical sizes). So this thing was always in my mind, that in many cases we don’t use the right typeface.
About the Westeinde design-process
I started this typeface as my diploma project in The Hague, The Netherlands, at the Royal Academy of Art, Type and Media master course.
Consultants: Christoph Noordzij, Erik van Blokland, Françoise Berserik, Jan Willem Stas, Just van Rossum, Paul van der Laan, Peter Biľak, Peter Verheul and Petr van Blokland.
From October 2014 Westeinde Caption optical size is available in a family, with five weights in two styles! The other optical sizes (Text and Display) will be available soon!
We started with family-planning and sketching, and I did some historical and technical research about the optical sizes. I compared the different designs in big and small sizes, and I tested the shapes in different sizes. After these experiences I started the sketching for the all family together, with all the weights. I started the digital work with the two extreme optical sizes: Caption and Display. I tested them together in the whole process. And I completed them to a family with several styles. For the graduation I finished four weights: Caption Regular, Display Regular, Italic and Black. Soon I will complete the family.