My new typeface, Volterra, is finally finished. It is currently for sale at MyFonts.com for a reasonable $25.
Volterra was inspired by an experiment I did in 2008 with Bodoni (for the Holly Hunt 25th Anniversary Campaign) where I added a white stroke around the edge of the typeface that started eating away the thin strokes. Eventually I eliminated the horizontal stroke altogether, then took the remaining shapes and redrew them into more more balanced forms, hopefully breathing new energy into a 200-year-old classic.
I named it Volterra after the artist Daniele da Volterra—who was famously hired to paint loincloths over Michelangelo’s “Last Judgement” when nudity in religious art was condemned—partly because I thought the name suited the look of the typeface, and partly as a joke about corrupting the work of a typographic master—Giambattista Bodoni. I’m proud of the final product, but I obviously acknowledge it isn’t exactly in the league with a typeface like Bodoni. It is strictly a display face, and looks better and better the bigger you make it.