- Garamond Corpus
An anthropomorphic study of our Latin letters
- Garamond Corpus is a typographic study based on Geoffroy Tory’s book Champ Fleury from 1529. In his book he makes remarkable comparisons with typography and the human proportions.
I’ve made two posters containing various studies of the twenty-three Latin letters, their proportions and function in an anthropomorphic form. My purpose was to examine the individual letter, its shape and typographic qualities. Our letters have many characteristics comparable to the human: there’s big and small letters, thin and fat, there’s an indication of movement in the italic letter and every upper-case letter has a younger sibling, the lower-case. Further there’s in every typeface something we call families, and typographic styles can be seen as races with different qualities and history. Within the field of typography we have a definition for the different parts of the letter which is called the anatomy of the typeface and partly reminds of our own anatomy: the letters have arms and legs, eyes and ears, spines et cetera.
The title of this project, Garamond Corpus has a double definition and besides its Latin meaning, “Body of Garamond”, corpus is also a typographic measurement that is equivalent to ten points. Garamond was Tory’s greatest pupil and was therefore chosen to be the foundation for my research.
The work can also be seen as a deconstruction of the letters roll as a representative of the language and places the letter in a new context, as something organic and alive.