In 1742, Claude Lamesle published a type specimen book in Paris. One of many in the market at the time, there was no way to expect its ongoing influence, even 280-years later. In 2019, Ramiro Espinoza of Retype was looking through the tome’s pages when he stumbled upon the anonymously included ‘Gros Canon deux points de gros Romein’. This rough specimen, with sharp curves, open apertures, and heavy contrast inspired Espinosa. Describing the design process in an earlier article:
Espinoza took upon the exercise to design a typeface that would keep that specific freshness he identified, while building precise contours for a useful and readable family. Matching italics were modeled after the polished, rational design introduced by Pierre-Simon Fournier, which was later adopted by Jacques-François Rosart and other eighteenth-century punchcuters.
Claude Lamesle’s specimen book, originally titled Epreuves générales des caractères qui se trouvent chez Claude Lamesle Fondeur de Caracteres d’Imprimerie, is a typophile favorite, earning a facsimile reprinting in 1965 by Brill.
In November of that year, Retype released Dejanire Headline, a roman family with strong presence, perfect for titles and logotypes. Several months later, Retype released Dejanire Sans, a successfully humanist expansion of the style. It’s robust strokes and open forms suited it to websites, marketing, and user interfaces.
Earlier this year, Retype announced the third installment in the Dejanire series, adding Dejanire Text and Dejanire Jewel. Text shares the same basic principles as Headline, “but with proportions, contrast, and spacing adapted to reading sizes.” It’s an eminently readable text face with a sharp, effective presence both in print and on screen, making it an ideal for magazines and newspapers that want to keep consistent appearance across media. Dejanire Text’s friendliness makes it a top choice for websites, brochures, and annual reports.
The accompanying Dejanire Jewel is baroque and ornate. For these dramatic initials, Espinoza found inspiration again in antiquity: A religious decree printed in Barcelona, Spain by Pedro Battle in 1800. Espinoza writes, “Its wide set letters are reminiscent of jewels cradled by foliage, creating their own light and shadow.”
Dejanire Text contains ten fonts, fully equipped with OpenType features for satisfying even the most demanding briefs. Its character set includes small caps, fractions, case-sensitive forms, arrows, fleurons, and seven sets of numerals. Dejanire Text also supports Central European, Baltic, and Turkish languages.
Of course, Dejanire Text, Jewel, Sans, and Headline all work well together, providing everything from UI text (Sans) to body text (Text), from drop caps (Jewel) to titles (Headline). The Dejanire series now covers every base, all with style, class, and readability.
Like all Retype fonts, Dejanire Text and Dejanire Jewel can be licensed 24/7—for print, web, mobile apps, and ePubs. Webfonts may be tested for thirty days and desktop trials are available upon request. Have a licensing question? Get in touch. To stay current on all things Retype and Type Network, subscribe to Type Network News, our occasional newsletter featuring releases, foundry happenings, type and design events, and more.