I’ve only just started following your project, and must admit that I’ve only skimmed your posts. I don’t know what size you’re scanning from, but you might consider working with the newer Van Dijck figures that English Monotype had Matthew Carter design. Michael Bixler should have them in composition sizes. The figures originally issued by Monotype were just the Bembo figures. They’re fine, but the newer figs were a better fit.
Thank you for the input! Your comments are indeed helpful, and not the least bit discouraging. the proof I’m currently working from is from a synopsis that Michale Bixler had already composed, and he just pulled me some proofs from it. As you can see, none of the sizes give a full character set. I digitized the 24pt. and as a result have those Bembo numerals. My adviser and I noticed that the block of 13pt. text in the specimen has different numerals, and suspected that perhaps the original design only had numerals for a limited range of sizes, with Bembo being used for the rest. Considering Van Krimpen’s distaste for the project (and revivals in general) it’s hardly surprising that the character set is meager. Is there anything in print about Carter’s work on Van Dijck? This little detail is one more argument for the importance of scale and source material in revival work.
In the future, I will be commissioning more specific proofs from Mr. Bixler. In this case, he already had the form lying around in the shop, all ready to go, so the job didn’t cost me much. When I get some funding for the project, I’ll get afull range of sizes (optical size is important to me) and see what can be done about normalizing the figures. Since this is a “rough” revival at present, there’s not much I can do for the larger sizes, but I’ve been thinking about a cleaned-up smooth version.
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