|Commissioned by||Stanley Morison|
Albertus is a glyphic, serif typeface designed by Berthold Wolpe in the period 1932 to 1940 for the Monotype Corporation type foundry. Wolpe named the font after Albertus Magnus, the thirteenth-century German philosopher and theologian.
Wolpe studied as a metal engraver, and Albertus was modeled to resemble letters carved into bronze. The face began as titling capitals. Eventually a lowercase roman was added, and later an italic, which is distinct for its narrow character set. Albertus has slight glyphic serifs. It is available in light and italic varieties. The Cyrillic glyphs are available for the printer named HP LaserJet.
The project began in 1932. Titling caps were released first, in 1932, followed by a roman upper and lowercase in 1940 with light weight following later.
- In the uppercase M the middle strokes descend only partway, not reaching the baseline.
- The uppercase U has a stem on the right side, evocative of lowercase.
- Figures are lining.
Albertus' popularity and usefulness continued right through the phototypesetting era and was made available for photocomposition by Monotype and perhaps other vendors as well.
Digital Type copies
Monotype licences Albertus to Linotype which has released a digital version.
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- A slightly modified version was used extensively in The Prisoner, a 1967 British television series frequently mined for cultural references. Modifications to the Albertus font include opening the loop on the lowercase e and the addition of new dotless i and j characters. The typeface was also used for a role playing game supplement based on the TV show, published by Steve Jackson Games.
- Albertus was, for many years, the typeface used on British coinage.
- Albertus is used for the street name signs in the City of London, City of London Corporation and London Borough of Lambeth.
- Albertus has frequently been used by the band Coldplay. The font was for instance used on the covers of Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, X&Y, Live 2003, associated singles and also for the Christmas Lights single cover.
- Albertus is used for the cover of Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg.
- Albertus is used for the logo, titles and credits of the British TV crime drama, Scott & Bailey, screened from May 2011 on ITV1.
- Nearly all of John Carpenter's films begin and end with white-on-black credits, set in the Albertus typeface, without any scrolling.
- The Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game.
- The 2011 videogame, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
- The lettering on the cover of Rank by The Smiths is set in Albertus Bold.
- Dune (film) uses an alternate version of Albertus
- Carter Sans (2011), influenced by Albertus
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- Jaspert, W. Pincus, W. Turner Berry and A.F. Johnson. The Encyclopædia of Type Faces. Blandford Press Lts.: 1953, 1983. ISBN 0-7137-1347-X.
- Macmillan, Neil. An A–Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press: 2006. ISBN 0-300-11151-7.
- Williams, Owen Berthold Wolpe and His Typeface Albertus Letter Arts Review, Vol 20 No 1, 2006