This project I created a Type Specimen of the font Perpetua. I chose Perpetua just because I liked typeface as well as its background story and historical association. I created this using the idea of its historical association of the Christian martyr Vibia Perpetua for a gothic medieval vibe, as well as the style it was intended for such as it being a header for memorials and monuments.
Type Specimen "Perpetua" 2022
Is a Humanist font Serif, often classified as a transitional serif font, with a delicate structure. It was designed by the sculptor and stonemason Eric Gill for the British Monotype Corp. around the year 1929. It was commissioned at the request of Stanly Morison; a historian of printing, who wanted to use Gills talent to design a “Roman Letter” type for the foundry that was suitable for book reading.
Perpetua was intended to be a crisp, contemporary design with structured influence by Gills experience in carving letters for monuments and memorials. Perpetual is commonly used for covered and headlining’s and occasionally for body text.
Perpetua is named for the Christian martyr Vibia Perpetua, an account of whose life was used in one of its first showings; its companion italic is named "Felicity" for her companion of that name. The choice had appeal to Morison and Gill, both converts to Catholicism.
Perpetua and Falicity were Christian martyrs of the 3rd century. Vibia Perpetua was a recently married well educated noblewoman, said to have been 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was nursing. Felicity, a slave imprisoned with her and pregnant at the time, was martyred alongside with her.
Wikipedia contributors. (2022, October 16). Perpetua (typeface). Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetua_(typeface)