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The idea for the TpDuro goes back to a design by Albrecht Dürer from 1525. It shows a schema to construct a gothic lower case letter. Following the logic of the lower case construction, but not the traditional upper case letters of the gothic, we designed the upper case letters. We intensified the "pixel" feeling of the downstroke in repeating the rotated square module as often as we could. Result is a strong typeface with steady rhythm, working well as a display typeface or for short texts.
The TpMartini refers esthetically to typefaces drawn with a pointed nib as the Bodoni or Didot, but with the clear distinction that it is obviously constructed by modules.
The visual system for the TpMartin is based on a square 5x9-unit grid and three different basic forms with which the font and other elements are designed. The basic forms consist of a straight line and circles of two different sizes. The line can be extended, but the circles retain their related proportions.
TpMartini only has one weight, but it includes special characters and a real italic.
The TpKurier is the second redesign we did of the Courier. The first redesign from the year 2000 was tutorized by Petr van Blokland and Peter Verheul at the Royal Academy of Arts (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten / KABK) and even though it was based upon a five-unit grid, it was drawn by hand. Six years later we designed a grid for another version of the Courier, the TpKurier family was born. This version is completely constructed until its last detail. We didn't want to correct the "mistakes" deriving from the use of the grid, but instead make them visible (see "S").
The TpKurier is based on a very simple grid, composed a proportion of four units high by two units wide. A series of other links between them make it possible to form a font from this grid. We felt it was important to consistently work within these limitations so that any unexpected asperities would help provide the font with its character. Even though it is a rough constructed typeface it was important to us to design real italic lower case letters and not just a sloped roman (see "a", "g" or "s"). The first family published contained a serif and sans-serif version of the TpKurier, with italic and bold.