8 Comments on “Samantha Pleet”
Interesting to see the renewed interest in these odd painterly faces from the German Jugendstil era! Ryan Waller of Other Means kindly let me know that it was Dinamo who created the custom digitization. Samantha was made for the exclusive use in the identity.
The image below shows Baldur (top) compared to Samantha (bottom). The reinterpretation generally is, as one would expect, a bit more streamlined, with less complex forms and larger apertures, see especially lowercase letters like a c g o p but also 4. For some other glyphs, however, Dinamo went for a more ornamental form (O) or replaced rounds with corners (H U). The latter was probably done to achieve greater homogeneity across the capitals, cf. M or N. The left-leaning S now looks right-leaning to me, but your mileage may vary. ;)
Thank you Florian for all this additional information! So interesting.
This is one of my fave fonts I’ve ever seen! Is there a way I can download it to use it?
Samantha (the version shown at the bottom of my previous comment) is not freely available. You may inquire at Dinamo about availability, but chances are that it’s exclusive to Samantha Pleet.
There is BN Breezy, (another) digital typeface based on Baldur, but with modified and refined characters.
Thanks, Jay. I’ve made an entry for BN Breezy and linked it from our Baldur page.
So that Baldur appeared in Dan X. Solo’s book Art Nouveau Display Alphabets.
And I have to say, on the Freddy in-use page, the year appears to be 1976, not 2012! It could be an error I see.
That was indeed an incorrect date. Fixed now, thanks!
By the way, I’ve renamed the entry for Freddy to Chianti. I don’t know what the original name was, but the earliest showing (known to me) is as Chianti in a catalog by Lettergraphics.