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Famous for:
First postscript typeface to extend idea of italic 'superfamily'.

Applications: Religious and Devotional

Ubiquity:
Average use

Category:
Chancery Italic

Stress: Angled
Serifs: Calligraphic

Date: 1992

Designer:
Robert Slimbach

Foundry:
Adobe

Location:
California, USA

Current equivalent:
Adobe Poetica

See also:
Cancellaresca Bastarda by Jan Van Krimpen

Technologies:
Postscript

Design history:
Robert Slimbach's comprehensive attempt at creating a family of interrelated chancery italics. Based around four varying degrees of swash on one underlying italic design, the parts of Poetica's family are numbered 1-4. The full set also contains five types of swash capitals, two sets of alternate lowercase figures, two sets of lowercase terminals, fractions and standard ligatures, ornamental ligatures, one font of analphabetic ornaments and another font entirely of ampersands. The concept seeks to use the postscript technology to make good on the ideas of Jan van Krimpen; the design itself is based on examples of 15th century penmanship that predated the creation of italics as printing typefaces.

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