HWT Geometric now available at Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. This late 19th century design conjures up early 20th century Dutch DeStijl lettering with a mostly strict adherence to right angles and minimal stroke modulation. Geometric began its life as a metal typeface from the Central Type Foundry, circa 1884. Soon after, this design was officially licensed to Morgan & Wilcox and was shown in their 1890 catalog in Regular, Light and Condensed Light variations. After acquiring Morgan & Wilcox, Hamilton Manufacturing offered Geometric Light Face Condensed as their own No 3020 and the Geometric Light Face as No 3021. HWT Geometric has been expanded digitally to include a Regular Condensed version. A heavier wood type specimen was found from an unknown manufacturer and digitized as it was found, resulting in the HWT Geometric Shopworn and Shopworn Inked variations.

Typeco created this font for Hamilton in conjunction with P22 type foundry. See our older post about the making of HWT Geometric.
A curious wood type indeed. This type, known as Geometric, was originally introduced previous to 1884 by the Central Type Foundry. Hamilton Manufacturing eventually acquired this design and rereleased it with more weights and widths. But Geometric strangely has qualities of the De Stijl artistic movement. It reminiscent of the alphabets of Theo van Doesberg, drawn almost 30 years later. Who knows, perhaps Theo was inspired by these minimal letters.

Working with as much source material as we could find, we pieced together 6 fonts. We replicated pristine versions of the 4 fonts we knew existed. Then I created 2 Shopworn versions, showing a more rough and warm cut of this face that tries to replicate some of the artifacts of hand-cut wood and the attrition of well used wooden type. Of course I expanded on it to include all the sorts and Central European diacritics you might need.

This project is in the works and slated for a June release from Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. For making HWT Geometric possible I have to give big thanks to Richard Kegler at P22 type foundry, Bill & Jim Moran at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, and David Shields the foremost American Wood Type historian.