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Portfolio website of Peiran Tan, 2017

Contributed by Peiran Tan on Apr 5th, 2017. Artwork published in
March 2017
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    Source: Peiran Tan. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Since my last portfolio site, I’ve decided to keep doing the country theme as a self-imposed design constraint. This time Italy comes on stage, and this site is specifically a tribute to Aldo Novarese, the legendary 20th-century type designer who worked for the Nebiolo typefoundry in Turin.

    All three typefaces are revivals of Novarese’s work: Forma, revived by David Jonathan Ross; Sutro, an Egizio revival by Jim Parkinson; and Recta, revived by Canada Type.

    I chose Forma Deck for big text instead of Display or Banner, since the stem flaring is more pronounced, reminiscent of metal-type printing. Recta is used sparingly; its construction is more lenient and proportions more compact, making it more suitable for small headings.

    A shout-out to Mr. Ross, who provided me with Forma on a student license.

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    Source: Peiran Tan. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    Source: Peiran Tan. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    Source: Peiran Tan. License: All Rights Reserved.


    • Forma
    • Sutro
    • Recta




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    3 Comments on “Portfolio website of Peiran Tan, 2017”

    1. Peiran Tan says:
      Apr 14th, 2017  8:56 am

      According to an article by CAST, it turns out Recta was originally designed by Alessandro Butti, before Novarese stole the credit.

    2. Blythwood says:
      Apr 22nd, 2017  4:02 am

      Very nice! I’m excited to see what you review for Typographica.

      I was extremely excited to see that article too. It does seem like a lot of the available English-language writing on Nebiolo’s history has not had the benefit of access to good source materials, so I’m glad to see someone is looking hard at this.

    3. Peiran Tan says:
      Feb 14th, 2018  7:36 pm

      Tankboys have released another revival, “Forma Nuova”:…

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