Postgothic extracts elements and ideas from blackletter into a collection of hybrid typefaces. Sans combines two historical references: the use of roman capitals with blackletter lowercase, and the modernist rationalization of letterforms. The monolinear uppercase is based on geometric shapes, while the lowercase is a blackletter simplified to having no curves or thin strokes. Serif mixes in gothic qualities in a roman text face: broken, angular curves, narrow proportions, sharp details, serifs based on textura terminals, an even rhythm between stems, and a dark color of text. Compressed is built from modular shapes based on a grid, echoing the monotonous black-and-white rhythm of compact blackletter calligraphy. The horizontal strokes are the same weight as the verticals, making them optically slightly thicker. The collection is not intended to be a conventional type family, although the different styles can be set to work together.
Sander Pedersen is from the south-west coast of Norway. He developed an interest in designing type after getting a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.
The idea started with the challenge of making an uppercase and lowercase in different styles work together. I wanted to create something new with historical references: the combination of roman capitals with blackletter minuscules, and the modernist simplification of letterforms in the 1920s. The lowercase was pushed to be more contemporary and readable than its sources of inspiration. The Cyrillic was another challenge to design, as the script does not have the same calligraphic blackletter conventions. The lowercase is based on handwritten forms to clarify the core idea. Exploration of a width axis for the Sans became the Compressed style. Blackletter is mainly made of straight stems, so the letters are adaptable to different proportions by just elongating or shortening them. Contextual forms make certain letter combinations with serifs more legible. I also wanted to work more organically with curves and stroke contrast during the semester, which is how the Serif style came about.