by Sed4tives

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At a time when making books was a very time-consuming and labor-intensive process, an increasingly literate 12th-century Europe required more and more books. To keep up with the increasing demand for the spread of literature was a ongoing struggle. Writing materials such as inks, dyes and parchment were very expensive. And it wasn't until the 15th century, when parchment was largely replaced by paper, along with the arrival of the printing press, for it to gradually became cheaper, faster and less labor-intensive.

So it made perfect sense to find other ways to help with this process.
Simplifying a script and cutting back on the decorative calligraphy was the most effective way of doing this.

This led to the development of simplified variations to pre-existing bookhand scripts. One of such forms is littera textualis, categorizing within the Textualis/Textura or simply Gothic bookhand scripts group.

Littera textualis is the simplest and least calligraphic form of textualis. It was developed with just two main goals in mind, to save time and costs. The simplified letterforms could be written much quicker than the more calligraphic and luxurious variations. It offered a more cost effective and faster version to the script. It was often used for less important literary works and academic papers.

It functioned as the standard bookhand script in the Netherlands during the 14th & 15th centuries.

====[ ABOUT THIS FONT ]====

TEXTUALIS BATAVICUM - A calligraphic inspired Blackletter/Gothic bookhand script. Essentially a Textualis/Textura inspired work.
The design mainly follows the concept for a traditional form of littera textualis bookhand script as was described in the intro written above.

It remains a work in progress and I will add update info for this font in the comment section bellow.

Some character still need slight adjustments, but so far I am very pleased with the result. As you can probably notice, the uppercase characters have slight more weight than the lowercase has.

More characters follow soon.

I hope y'all like it


Awesome.  You are killing it with the Blackletter!

Comment by SymbioticDesign 4th august 2019

I think you mat have to revisit N, but this really is awesome.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 4th august 2019
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Comment by Sed4tives 24th october 2019
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “STF_TEXTUALIS BATAVICUM” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 24th october 2019

Thanks a lot for the Top Pick Rob!

It kind of comes as a surprise since it is still so early in its development stage.

I'll try my best not to make it a disappointment


Comment by Sed4tives 24th october 2019

Superb revival!

Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 24th october 2019

Spectacular! This is a stunning display of beautiful design and technical brilliance; straight out of a medieval scriptorium. My favourite. 10/10

Comment by Frodo7 25th october 2019

PRO Letter forms and consistency in its blackletterosity. A triumph. And look! There's Will and Frodo! What's up guys!?! So weird how I felt impelled to comment today. 

Comment by geneus1 26th october 2019

@ Will, Frodo, geneus1

Thanks a lot for those kind words and your appreciation. I can only feel honored to read such positive response from FontStruct pioneers like you guys. I wouldn't be able to pull all these fonts off if it wasn't for me having peeked at your works in the past in order to educate myself.

Comment by Sed4tives 26th october 2019


Comment by dachied 1st november 2019

Awesome forms you've got here!
I've stared at it for half an hour, I guess.

Comment by Cookielord 2nd november 2019

Wow, what an excellent blackletter!

Comment by four 29th november 2019

Fearless Goat

Comment by Kiontre_410 2nd february 2021

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