Artifex Books will exhibit at


April 10 - 13, 2022

If you're in the Bay Area in April, please visit our booth at CODEX VIII where we will be showing a number of things. In addition to Percussive Roman and the Spelling Alphabet described below, we will also be presenting handmade paper with watermarks for improving penmanship. 

Percussive Roman and the Spelling Alphabet are

different applications of a post-digital type design based on an interpretation of Giovann Francesco Cresci's inscriptional letterforms. Wooden dowels

have letters laser cut into the face of the dowel. The typeface inverts the printing surface: where the letter is engraved into the face and the surrounding circle is printed. This plays with the conventions of printing because the "type" is recessed and remains unprinted, much like the engraved alphabet from the 16th century Cresci source material.

The Spelling Alphabet is reminiscent of a 19th century game played by children learning their alphabet. 


Il Perfetto Scrittori by Giovanni Francesco Cresci, 1570

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