Taking our creative license well and truly in hand, we’ve progressed our Henry VIII project significantly. Still a lot of work to do of course, but there’s now a full set of rather charming (I think), but entirely fabricated, lower case letter forms. The text used here, solely for illustrative purposes, is with due acknowledgement to ‘Wikipedia’…
Here’s a set of Capitals, based on lettering inscribed in the tomb of Henry VII, in Westminster Abbey.
Of course, there’s a certain amount of ‘designer’s license’ entailed here. To make a useable set of capitals for modern day usage letterforms such as ‘J’ and ‘Q’ must necessarily be added, styled in the manner of the other forms.
If we turn this into a complete typeface, we’ll also need Arabic numerals and punctuation, at a minimum. The question becomes, how far does one go down this path? “Authenticity” would suggest that these letterforms make the basis of an all-capital typeface, but as noted, authenticity will already have to go out the window somewhat in pursuit of practicality.
That being the case, why not have a stab at corresponding lower case letter-forms. What some, such as ‘l’ would look like can easily be imagined. Others are trickier to envisage-how will ‘j’ look for example, but finding out could be rather enjoyable.
So which is it to be? Somewhat ‘pragmatised’ (excuse the word) authenticity, or free and unbridled license? I rather think it will end up being the latter…