Reliable researchWith the mist descending on St Pancras Old Church, we were in a suitably morbid mood to collect our wax rubbings from the ancient gravestones. Using the rubbings, we were able to research the typefaces we had come across, and study the way the stone-carved lettering has aged over the centuries.
Terrifying typographyTaking inspiration from the aged Blackletter typefaces that we collected in the graveyard, we set about designing our own killer typeface. Blackletter was a script used throughout Western Europe from approximately 1150AD to well into the 17th Century. Textualis, also known as Textura or Gothic Bookhand, was the most calligraphic form of Blackletter, and today is the form most associated with “Gothic” — a style of lettering that is synonymous with all things dark and dangerous.
Plucky printNow we had a fittingly frightening typeface, we needed a way to showcase it properly. Cue the Stocks Taylor Benson gravestone, complete with the legendary Gill Sans, a smattering of traditional Garamond and decorative graphic grave ornaments, crafted to represent our very own tools of the trade. To really put our typeface to the test we had our design 3D printed, complete with ‘carved’ lettering and a ‘worn stone’ surface, created from textures found in our wax rubbing collection using 3D software.
Creepy conundrumsWe were pretty pleased with our tactile gravestone, but it left us with a perplexing problem — how do you design a poster for mass production using a one-off model? In true Stocks Taylor Benson style, we kept it simple by returning the project to where it began. By wax rubbing the surface of our 3D model we were able to get a unique relief, the results of which are placed on the front of this poster.
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