Rosalinde Design Information
TYPE BY Rosalinde is designed by Thomas Thiemich and is one of his latest commercial releases next to Gustella, Cobertura, Fakt Mono, and Fakt Stencil, published in May 2019 on the occasion of Type By launch.
Over the past fifteen years, Thomas’ design output brought out rather strict, neutral, logical, and traditionally-sound sanserif typefaces, such as Fakt superfamily or Remo designs. With Rosalinde Thiemich proves that he also has a soft spot for more humanistic and less mathematically sound but truly monolinear lettershapes.
Rosalinde is not a sanserif but it shares a true monolinear character with the sanserif class. It is a design based upon the hand movement resulting from writing semi-formal letter shapes with a Redis pen. During the late 19th-century, the steel pen manufacturers started producing the Redis-nib, a circular-point nib, of various widths, that ended with a bend. This enabled the users to write lines that appeared monolinear. And so, for the first time in history a easy-to-make monolinear line, lay within everyone’s grasp. Redis nibs quickly gained a great popularity, especially amongst professionals providing jobbing lettering for the advertising world.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the light-hearted and cheerful Belle-Epoque opened up a climate open for experimentation. Handwritten letterforms be they in printing or ephemera posters were widely accepted, moving away from the dogmatic attitudes that dominated just a few decades earlier. The Redis pen fitted very well into that development, for one thing is sure - with this nib one can do many things except mimicking historical calligraphy.
This greater acceptance for the theoretically alien and non-calligraphic monolinear line was catapulted into the world of late nineteenth century handwriting of all sorts, creating a lettering style novel for its days, and which remained highly popular for well over the next five decades.
Nowadays, we no longer depend upon Redis pen as our predecessors used to, but its presence and monolinearity runs deep in our collective memory and due to its charm its remaining vestiges can still find their way into graphic design and wide range of packaging.
Thomas managed to catch this atmosphere bringing out the playfulness this kind of lettering exudes. On the other hand he manages to distill it into a truly typographic tool - rather controlled and kept within very acceptable boundaries. This design approach resulted into a typeface family that is playfully charming yet not losing any of its inherent typographic strictness.
Rosalinde consists of eight weights of roman designs in one normal width. Its character set includes a well-thought range of stylistic alternates; multiple figure sets (each in tabular and proportional widths); fractions; comprehensive superiors, inferiors, numerators and denominators; case sensitive punctuation sets; mathematical and monetary symbols; arrows; standard and discretionary ligatures; and a complete range of accents for all Western, Central and East European languages based on the Latin script.
Rosalinde is available in OTF CFF, TTF, WOFF, and WOFF2 formats.