Monotype Breathes New Life Into Classic ‘Wolpe’ Typefaces With Bright Revival

Monotype Breathes New Life Into Classic ‘Wolpe’ Typefaces With Bright Revival

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Monotype has unveiled ‘The Wolpe Collection’, its latest typeface revival collection.

Developed by Toshi Omagari and team, the series uses German calligrapher Berthold Wolpe’s work as its influence.

Creations include ‘Albertus Nova’, ‘Wolpe Fanfare’, ‘Wolpe Pegasus’, ‘Wolpe Tempest’ and ‘Sachsenwald’. All are contemporary twists on classics, and are designed for use across various genres, such as branding campaigns, publishing, and even video games.

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In an interview with DesignTAXI, Omagari says, “I noticed that there were many cool designs by the same designer, Berthold Wolpe, who was primarily known by his most famous typeface design, ‘Albertus.’ But he is perhaps more famous as a graphic designer in England, where he designed many book jackets for book publisher Faber & Faber. So it was quite a nice surprise to discover more typefaces made by Wolpe, which all still look very fresh and relevant today.”

When asked about the kinds of design gaps ‘The Wolpe Collection’ might be able to fill, the typeface designer explains, “Each of the five typefaces I have revived has different strengths, and is useful in its own way.”

‘Albertus Nova’. Image by Monotype

“‘Albertus’ is an existing typeface which has proven its worth as a display face for titling and even on TV or video game screens, so I expect the ‘Albertus Nova’ typeface to be used in the same way.”

‘Wolpe Tempest’. Image by Monotype

“The ‘Wolpe Tempest’ and ‘Wolpe Fanfare’ designs are like siblings, sharing a similar intent and energy. They work well on book covers and in titles, especially where you want a sense of movement in the design.”

‘Wolpe Pegasus’. Image by Monotype

“The ‘Wolpe Pegasus’ design is a text typeface with lots of quirks that work in any size… I think it has a good balance between precision and humanity that modern graphic designers are looking for.”

‘Sachsenwald’. Image by Monotype

“The ‘Sachsenwald’ typeface is the least predictable one as to how it will be used, which I think is a good sign that it is filling some kind of gap. It could appear in a fashion or modern art context, but who knows?”

As for which existing typefaces pair with those in the collection, Omagari believe that most of the series “would have to be paired with fairly recent text typefaces… Within the ‘Wolpe Collection’, I think the Wolpe Pegasus design works well with any of the others.”

Head over to Monotype to learn more about this refreshing collection.

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