Oldrichium type was inspired by the calligraphy and typefaces of the
Czech type designer Oldrich Menhart. I came upon his work over a decade
ago and have been collecting examples ever since. His typeface designs
and spring pen calligraphy are unique although seldom seen in the United
The initial design of Oldrichium was developed
from my own attempts to letter in a style similar to Menharts
Manuscript type, while trying to introduce some of the exuberance and
playfulness of his calligraphy.
The resulting designs proved to be unsuitable
as a text types so I redesigned them, toning down some of the eccentricities
and smoothing out the individual forms for more overall continuity.
Oldrichium was intended primarily as
a family of text faces with an engraved version, similar to Menhart's
Monument type for titling, but more energetic and calligraphic.