Fraktur mit Ligatur für Literatur

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This font is intended to replicate the appearance of old German printings of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It has character designations similar to PDF preview files from Literaturmühle publishing. It includes many ligatures that were once common in printing (in German) which are difficult to imitate with computer fonts and have fallen out of use in the digital age. This font includes ö,ä,ü,Ö,Ä,Ü and ß along with the following characters: What you type: What you get: c ch ligature % ck ligature ^ ss ligature \ ll ligature < sch ligature ` (dash) ~ tz ligature { ff ligature # st ligature @ si ligature $ c } ft ligature µ tt ligature [ fi ligature ] fl ligature ª sl ligature & ⁊ (Tironian et) s ſ (long "s") + s (small "s") > (horizontal rule) The Ligafaktur pragram available at http://www.ligafaktur.de/Startseite.html will allow you to type as normal while the program automatically replaces the individual letters with the correct ligatures.
Info: Created on 13th February 2014 . Last edited on 24th April 2015.
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15 Comments

wow it's a masterpiece
I'm speechless
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 13th February 2014
I and J,
I saw many time the J is always abit bigger than the I. I'm not sure if it's a design contempory solution to distinc them but we see it many time in several blackletter typo.

the sample join here is a font close to your took from the human encyclopedia of fonts: luc.devroye.org
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 13th February 2014
Yes, I have seen it in many modern fonts, but I wanted only to replicate Pre-WWII Fraktur fonts.

This is a German Typewriter without a capital J. Shift+j will render a ck ligature. Shift+i is used for "I" and "J" both.
Comment by Wo steht das geschrieben? 13th February 2014
Here is the Keyboard.
Comment by Wo steht das geschrieben? 13th February 2014
this typewriter is very cool, lucky you

I Look in the Fraktur bible book "Fraktur mon amour" from Judith Schalansky, and even fonts from 1750 to 1900 the J was bigger than I most of the time.

Despite all you did a great job here
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 13th February 2014
I agree with upixel the J would be much better if it were slightly below the line.
Comment by djnippa 13th February 2014
I'm imagining that you are Dieter Steffmann in disuise... ;-)

Awesome work!
Comment by laynecom 13th February 2014
Sorry, that's "disguise"...
Comment by laynecom 13th February 2014
@ Upixel

It's not my typewriter--but it's still very cool.

I've got a 1936 Royal KHM typewriter that has the standard Courier font. It is like the one in this picture.
Comment by Wo steht das geschrieben? 13th February 2014
@ Laynecom

Sorry, no creative genius here. I didn't want to make anything new. Just wanted to make something old more available. The core alphabet is pixel for pixel from a scan of a German grammar book:

A Grammar of the German Language for High Schools and Colleges: Designed for Beginners and Advanced Students by Hermann Carl George Brandt

which can be found here (click on "page 1" for the alphabet):

http://books.google.com/books?id=HuIFAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=brandt+grammar+german+high&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DkT9Uq7cAY-LkAf2TA&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAA#v=snippet&q=%22THE%20GERMAN%20ALPHABET%22%20&f=false

The numbers were from a lower resolution picture and all I had to do was adjust the edges--which is why they have a smoother appearance than the Letters. The ligatures are essentially other characters squeezed together and compared to images from several books to get a close resemblance. The punctuation and break lines were not very complicated to draw in.

It took a long time and I appreciate everyone's reception, but I can't really claim any originality in the design.
Comment by Wo steht das geschrieben? 13th February 2014
Awesome work.
Comment by SymbioticDesign 14th July 2014

Man, I can't believe this isn't a top pick.

Comment by ZanyBrainy 17th December 2017

So beautiful!

Comment by ColorSwitchFan25 20th March 2018
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Fraktur mit Ligatur für Literatur” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 20th March 2018

The feathering of the edges makes this font even more authentic. Fantastic.

Comment by thalamic 19th June 2018

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