On Thursday 5 September at 4.15 p.m. at the Academiegebouw Leiden, Prof. Gerard Unger will defend his doctoral project:
Alverata, a present-day, European typeface with roots in the middle ages
The thesis is in three parts. Part one documents the conditions under which Romanesque capitals developed and were used in inscriptions, and the characteristics left behind in them by stonemasons and their clients and masters, culminating in the concept underlying Romanesque capitals in inscriptions. Part two treats of the precursors of Alverata in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and from there moves on to discuss the present conditions for and ingredients of a type design and hence to the twenty-first-century concept. Part three describes the synthesis of the two concepts and of Romanesque and contemporary elements. The type specimen, part of the conclusion, is visible evidence of the successful combination of ideas and letterforms from the Romanesque period and our own times.
A presentation will be held at the Meermanno Museum, Prinsessegracht 30, The Hague, on Wednesday 4th, at 3.00 p.m., to which you are cordially invited.