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Goudy Bookletter 1911 by chemoelectric Goudy Bookletter 1911 by chemoelectric
Version 2010.07.04 (as of 4 July 2010). Now includes TrueType.

This font is based on Kennerley Old Style, which was designed by Frederic Goudy in 1911 for a collection of H G Wells stories, The Door in the Wall and Other Stories, which was published by Mitchell Kennerley.
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tooleh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
This is absolutely wonderful. Is it available in bold or italic?
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chemoelectric Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
P22's commercial version does: [link]
The italic wouldn't mix well with mine, though the bold might.

Originally I wanted to do the italic, but I got bored. :) It is unlikely I would make the italic now, though I might do a whole new (and less irregular) Kennerley series based on specimen books. I have some of the work done for the open caps.

I have never yet completed a boldface; in my own life I tend to find searching for a different solution than boldface more rewarding than making a boldface. :) Or I break down and use someone else's font, when making a user icon or something like that.
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BeebarbX Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
I find this font a clearly readable design :)
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chemoelectric Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Thanks :)
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BeebarbX Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
You're most welcome :D
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Nadesiko Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
What a delight! I was handling an old Roycrofter book ([link] oh god so hot) the other day set in Kennerly and was instantly seduced. This font is a wonderful interpretation for digital use and I'm so glad to have found you :D Now if only I could actually get my hands on a full drawer of Kennerly *siigh*
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chemoelectric Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
:) Thanks for liking it.

I’ve had the font features on Smashing Magazine three times, I think, so I finally decided that people really liked it. :) Also the League of Movable Type was using it for their logo long before I became a member.

Kennerley IMO is especially pleasing if one experiences the manner in which the letters fit together. This is something that the old Monotype catalogs described as the letters seeming to ‘lock’ to each other, but in digital type it comes to this: there is very little need for kerning. See how the letters kind of spread their shoulders out and occupy the space provided to them. :)

I have done some work on a new version done from my own high-res scans of foundry specimens on coated paper, but I don’t think people will like it as much (except the open caps), and so I will give it a different name. But I’m not a very productive designer, anyway, so who knows what will happen? :)

BTW Goudy designed Forum capitals to go with Kennerley and there is an existing free version here: [link]
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nymphont Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooh HG Wells always had the best fonts. Ever. Thanks for sharing this.
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chemoelectric Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
No problem, I make ’em for sharing.

Is that true about Wells and typefaces?
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nymphont Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, he must have been into typography, because he used wonderful serifs such as Goudy for the text in his books, but his book covers are sans-serif art! Seriously, if you were to google image search his books you would surely see them. Lovely use of color & typefaces. Geometric sans-serifs was what he usually used on cover designs, and they were really quite lovely to look at. Some of my favorites.
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