Recitations is a revival typeface that I worked on in my first semester of the Type@Cooper program. This was my first major type design project that I worked on and involved a great deal of learning. Hannes Famira, our teacher, frequently reminded us that a first typeface is a lot like the first pancake on the griddle. I was working from a 1877 letter-pressed book called Dick's Recitations and Readings, Vol. 6, published in NYC.
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I combed through the book trying to find a decent variety of examples of each letter, number, punctuation mark that I could. It was really interesting to start to look at the variation between printed versions of the same letter. Sometimes they were different just from how much pressure was applied during production and sometimes, the letters seemed to be alternate glyphs.