Geometria is a new geometric sans serif. It consists of 16 fonts - eight weights with matching italics. The font includes multiple sets of figures and currency signs, alternate glyphs, a variety of experimental ligatures, and punctuation marks for the two cases. The 815 glyphs support 71 languages.
Although geometric Sans Serifs have been in vogue for nearly a century, they have never been as ubiquitous. It is not improbable that the old adage would be phrased: “When in doubt, set it in geometric sans”, had it been composed today. Have we not had enough? We think, not. Postmodern times demand a variety of expressions.
The vision behind Geometria was to revisit the perennial favourite to lend subtle individuality to its tried and true forms. Geometria stands out in the crowd of similar fonts thanks to its complicated nature. It combines dynamic elements with a certain degree of stability. A slightly higher waistline of the capitals contributes to their distinctive appearance. If the upper case refers to the American grotesques of the 19th century, the lower case tends toward the forms of the Renaissance in its proportions.
Geometria is a typeface of clean shapes that is well-suited for continuous reading, and it sets remarkably well. At the same time, it can be friendly, even flirtatious. Its distinct personality combines seeming opposites. At times it may appear serious, at times playful. On occasion, it may be deliberate, other times dynamic. It could seem rigid, then elegant. It is a typeface that could be perceived either as cutting-edge, or as nostalgic.
A careful and discerning typographer will bring out and emphasize those aspects of its multifaceted personality that are needed to solve the problem at hand. Granshan 2013 award.
The Cedar Lumber Manufacturing Company’s mill, located just west of the Ballard Bridge, was the largest in Ballard. At the mill, logs were cut into lumber which was then dried for at least nine months before being sold. The stacks of drying lumber were over 50 feet high. In 1958, these stacks caught fire and burned. Ballard residents remembered the huge blaze for many years. (+)
This reminds me of my grandfather’s “lumberyard” that my brother and me used as adventure playground when we were kids. My grandfather used to be “Wagnermeister”, now an extincted job: he was more or less a carpenter who was specialized in the construction of horse carriages and cartwheels (German: “Wagen” = cart, carriage).
Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves. We used old growth reclaimed wood from Chicago’s Rebuilding Exchange to make these floating shelves. Three 2 x 4’s wide and solid wood, the shelves themselves are heavy! In order to hold a couple hundred pounds of books on top of the shelf weight, we had to devise a pretty serious mounting system. We did not want to use visible brackets. Instead we mounted a thin piece of the shelf to the wall, attaching it to studs in four places with 6 inch bolts. Then we inserted steel dowels into pre-drilled holes in the mounted wood. Next we lined up the dowels with pre-drilled holes in the shelf and hammered the shelf on. The result is a clean, solid wood, floating shelf that can easily hold several hundred pounds.