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Typeface Review


Reviewed by Dan Reynolds on April 4, 2009

Givry is a 2008 release from TypeTogether, a foundry that exemplifies being small and good. With Givry, designer Tom Grace gives the world one of the remaining missing blackletters.

While Givry may not be what you’d immediately classify as a blackletter, for my buck the bâtarde flamande style fits the bill perfectly. Writing style from the 15th century? Check! Used north of the Alps? You bet’cha! Rooted in the territory of present-day France and Belgium? Oh my! But then again, so are most of the blackletter-styles that were later dubbed “Germanic.” As a font, Givry is a treat. Its character set contains ligatures and ligating elements; when a rounded letter is followed by another round, the two curves will overlap. This saves space and looks sweet at the same time.

Although slightly different, I see the bâtarde flamande as a good civilité alternative. Don’t get me wrong! The Civilité genre is cool. But you just can’t use it anymore. No one can—or will—want to read it. If you want a similar old school feeling, and a schwabacher or a rotunda just won’t hit it for you, specify Givry. If your subject matter is Francophile, then Givry is a more apt solution anyway; watch out, Charles VII! Givry is awesomely undertaken and worthy of recognition.

Dan Reynolds cares about letterforms. He is a typeface designer and design researcher in Berlin and Braunschweig, Germany. His proudest achievement for 2015 to-date is finally getting a dog, after obnoxiously complaining about not having one since at least 2008.

One Comment

  1. trentd_c says:

    i like this font large, but when its body text size (not so much)

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