Gewaard is an interpretation of Halfvette Aldine, shown in the Lettergieterij Amsterdam specimen of c.1906. The original typeface was cut in a large size for display setting: for use in praybooks for example. Such a book would be used by grandmothers, so it had to be legible in poor lighting conditions. To achieve legibility the typeface is rather condensed, with a large x-height and dark overall colour.
Gewaard is a Type and Media revival project, at Royal Academy of Art, in The Hague.
Project leader: Paul van der Laan<