Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) was a Flemish painter, architect, and interior designer.
From 1902 to 1917, van de Velde was based in Weimar but was engaged throughout Europe, and it was during his time in Weimar that he created some of his greatest works. The dynamic Erfurt-Weimar-Jena region is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Henry van de Velde’s birth in 2013 by highlighting his achievements and those of his associates. Visitors will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with all aspects of early modern art at a whole series of exhibitions and other events.
Commissioned by the Weimar tourist office, design studio Goldwiege conceived a brochure and a website for the Van de Velde year 2013. They employed two strong colors – dark purple and golden yellow – and a beautiful typeface. Novel was drawn by Christoph Dunst in 2008. In the following year it was amongst the TDC² winners – presumably not least for its adorable italics.
What a pity / missed opportunity that they don’t use webfonts.
That was the first thing that I noticed, too. While I am convinced that the advantages of using webfonts prevail, we have to keep in mind that there are also some drawback and hurdles: Not only does one have to pay additional license fees. One will also run into previously unknown issues (differences in rendering, line height etc.), and thus one need to acquire different skills. It is still way easier to embed an image than to set up webfonts correctly. At least I can understand why not every designer rooted in print is eager to leave the WYSIWYG cave and jump into webfonts. That’s why educating and providing information is so important.
As far as I know, there is no webfont of Novel available.
Sure! Already used it for the German Design Conference website.
Atlas (previously called Büro Dunst) offers webfonts at MyFonts, and I assume FontShop soon, too.
As with many small foundries, sometimes the most pleasant way is to get in direct contact.
In February 2011, when we worked on this project, there were no web-font-version of Novel, we had contact to Christoph Dunst …
And its almost impossible to »change« a web-project after launch … especially when it will takes the costumer’s money. Unfortunately!
By the way: for the »150« in the corner-signet, we used »Vollkorn« by Friedrich Althausen … but this is another story
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