Bonsai Roman

Font >> Serif - Bonsai Roman 15419 by Three Islands Press @ CreativeMarket

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A good while ago I developed an interest in the Japanese art of dwarfed potted trees, bonsai. I bought some old pamphlets on the subject from Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In one¡ª"Handbook on Bonsai: Special Techniques" (seventh printing, February 1976)¡ªthe type was bad. Old worn lead type, I suspect, spread wide in the tops of characters and disappearing at the bottoms. Two decades later, I came across my Brooklyn Botanic Garden collection and was struck again by this interesting type. Inspired, I made a typeface. Didn't take me long to decide on a name for it either: a name with a double-meaning, based both on its look and its inspiration. Bonsai Roman is one of two styles of the typeface; they both come with more than 800 glyphs¡ªincluding true small caps, lining and old-style figures, lots o' ligatures, fractions, currency symbols, and support for Central/Eastern European languages.

Keywords: old printing press, letterpress, top-heavy, mid-20th century, pamphlet, legible grunge, quirky roman, three islands press, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, worn lead type, old type.


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