Very nicely done, and very apt for the subject.
It wasn’t too long ago that Penumbra was available in the vanished Multiple Master format, which meant you could adjust the letterforms with sliders that veeerrryyy slooowly redrew them to independently change weight or length of serifs. Now there are only a few 'instances’ to select from, when you once had all the combinations of weights and serif sizes between them.
Sic transit gloria litterarum!
Thank you for the extra information, Chris. I didn’t know about Penumbra’s MM background. Here’s a list of the multiple master fonts formerly available from Adobe and their corresponding OpenType packages.
I saw this today for the first time, and like it very much. Nice use of Penumbra. Regarding Chris’s comment, it is still possible to make interpolations between the 16 variations of serif and weight. To do this you set the word, make a copy and drag it several line space below, and assign a different serif or weight to it. Then select both lines and use the blend tool, which will let you state how many in-between variations you want. Works great.
Thanks for chiming in, Lance! Are you saying that Illustrator’s Blend function will interpolate in the same way that Multiple Master did? This possibility fascinates me. I tried it using Penumbra Serif and Sans (OT) and got the result below. The serifs are indeed very similar to the Half Serif style (shown at left) but there are some aberrations, such as bowing at the foot of the ‘P’. Did I skip a step?
Contributed by Thomas Hirter
Contributed by Florian Hardwig
Contributed by Stephen Coles