Typographic reform was one of the major concerns of the German architect and designer Peter Behrens (1868-1940). He believed that, like architecture, typography provided ‘the most characteristic picture of a period, and the strongest testimonial of spiritual progress’. His intention was to create a uniquely German type, using logical construction methods to combine the power of blackletter, the grace of the humanist roman hand and the philosophy of Jugenstill, a German expression of the art nouveau movement.
Behren-Schrift, the first typeface he designed, is a composite of these ideas. In contrast to the ornate gothic styles that dominated German type design at the beginning of the century, Behren-Schrift features calligraphic strokes that been rationalized in order to provide a readable, even and open typeface.
With these historical story of Behren-Schrift, the initial thought is to explore and expanding more weight to this beautiful typeface without breaking its structure, value and specific letter characteristic.
Eurl, short and hard to spell, its described how the process when working on Behren-Schrift revival. The limitation in the process is answering the basic questions, How far the typeface can go when expanding the weights and how to present it in the modern tone and atmosphere?.
We’ll see and definitely need your support to make this project happened.
The project expansion (families, styles, numbers of glyphs and features) depend on the goals.