In the beginning was the Word in a font sans Seraphim and lone.
Help me rescue this funky cool typeface from becoming forgotten history!
Cristoforo is my name for a trio of new fonts: two are reviving classic American-Victorian art nouveau metal types by Hermann Ihlenburg: Columbus (1892), Columbus Initials (upright swash capitals) and the italic companion American Italic (1902) and American Italic Initials, while the third font is related symbols and stand-alone swashes that may be useful.
Why is Cristoforo needed?
Columbus and American Italic were classic typefaces by a master craftsman. But there’s never been a decent digital version of these fonts. With Cristoforo, I want to make a pair of professional quality digital fonts, complete both in standard character coverage and in having many assorted alternate letter shapes. For example, the graphic you click on for the video shows the swash alternate versions of C, V and R originally available in Columbus Initials. Cristoforo Regular is slated to have at least 300 glyphs! See more about the extras I am adding in my update to the original project.