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LETTERING

A few lettering pieces

Gauntlet

Unconventional rules
The style is made of lower case letters only. Ascenders and descenders have been folded into the body of the letters. It’s illegible. Yet people like it.

Gauntlet

Commercial typeface, suitably distorted

T he höfðaletur style developed from ribbon blackletter in Iceland at the end of the sixteenth century. It was mainly used in woodcarving and occasional metalwork.

Today it is more popular than ever, mainly for decorative texts where legibility is barely an advantage. In the 1930s, nationalism overran common sense when the style was used on a series of postage stamps.

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