The Rosart Project
Hundreds of hours of in-depth research, meticulous drawing, discussion, testing, and reﬁning, ultimately resulting in a comprehensive series of cutting-edge digital revivals: the Rosart Project. This website describes the processes involved and shows the outcomes of an intensive typographical adventure of the experts Walda Verbaenen, Michel Paré and Lukas Schneider.
The project arose from a group project of five students from the Expert class Type design (EcTd) course 2014–2015 of the Plantin Institute of Typography in Antwerp, led by Dr. Frank E. Blokland. The subject of the study was the 18th-century Belgian punchcutter Jacques-François Rosart.
Walda, Michel and Lukas, three alumni of the course, further examined Rosart’s punches, matrices, foundry type, and related prints in collections in Antwerp and Haarlem.
The digital fonts presented include a range of text and display types, decorative capitals, and ornaments. It is undoubtedly the largest and most comprehensive collection of revivals based on the work of a single punchcutter to date.