How To Take Inspiration From Typography

D&AD's Type Director Dan Rhatigan uncovers a new typeface called Mercurius.

Tim Lindsay, D&AD
Tim Lindsay, D&AD on February 17, 2013. @timothylindsay

In this video filmed by D&AD at Monotype’s Archive in London, Type Director Dan Rhatigan unearths the original drawings for a typeface he’s never seen before, Mercurius.

Aside from earmarking it for a new addition to his typographic tattoo sleeves, Dan talks through the processes that the typeface would have gone through as it was developed from original drawings to a lead font.

The mysterious Steltzer, a shadowy figure that developed many of the typefaces of that time, was responsible for this type, but no one knows much about him…  see for yourself the original marks made by the team of typographic artists working on Mercurius.

Visit Inspired by Typography. Follow Dan on Twitter @ultrasparky.


TOPICS: Arts & Culture, Design & Architecture, Ideas
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Tim Lindsay is CEO of D&AD. is a membership organisation, awards programme and educational charity serving the global design and advertising community. It aims to promote, stimulate and enable creative excellence, with a view to generating sufficient funds to provide material support to creative people around the world.