The typewriter Zuzana Lednická’s mother used to write medical reports on became a model for a monospace typeface Werke by Jakub Spurný. “I love these hidden personal layers, I kind of need them in my work,” Lednická confided. The alphabet was created for the book With an (In)human Face?! 1938–1989, about the transformations of Czech society and its reflections in art, which Lednická was designing at the time, but its use will be wider. Originally the idea was to use American Typewriter, then Lacrima and finally Trixie. But then there was the 100-year-old Continental typewriter made by the German company Wanderer-Werke lying behind the couch in the studio. So in September 2018 Spurný created his own typescript with each letter in six different versions of keystrokes. It offers two optical families: L, as detailed as the software allowed for, and S, for smaller sizes in inverse use. Each family contains three fonts as if from three different writers, with the same letters but different alternations of the keystroke intensity. The character set corresponds to the typewriter model – there was no need to add anything that it did not have in 1920. A true copy of typescript, as accurate as today’s technology permits.

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