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GARAMOND CORPUS

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

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