By Melinda Bouma
A couple of years in the past, whereas researching the best way to proceed to enhance the readability and great thing about the Bibles we publish, I got here throughout this presentation that Mark Ward made to his church about Why Typography Issues. This fascinating video is inspiring and affirming for many people who like to wrestle with such issues in our each day work.
My analysis on the time was in preparation for the creation of a brand new proprietary assortment of fonts, however I’ll get deeper into that dialog in one other submit.
Right this moment the typeface on my thoughts is that for the NRSV Bible translation. This distinctive typeface was developed with 2K/DENMARK to serve particularly and solely the NRSV translation, which has many qualities that distinguish it from different Bible translations.
When you’re like me, you didn’t know a lot concerning the NRSV Bible translation earlier than studying this weblog submit in the present day. Or maybe you’ve at all times deeply beloved the NRSV for the best way it faithfully serves the church in private non secular formation, within the liturgy, and within the academy. Both approach, when you see this typeface, you’ll instantly discover it’s differentiating fashion.
Right here’s a particularly temporary, high-level take a look at what went into creating the Zondervan NRSV Consolation Print® typeface.
Every of our Consolation Print typefaces (for the KJV, NKJV, NIV, and NRSV Bible translations) should obtain two ambitions:
- to be readable at any measurement and
- to be lovely whereas reflecting the distinctive heritage and character of that specific Bible translation.
Because of this, in case you discover a Bible utilizing a Consolation Print typeface, it’ll fluctuate from translation to translation. It’s vital to protect for the reader every model’s grand heritage and distinctive character.
So, when creating the NRSV typeface, the group at 2K dove into the wealthy historical past of this translation. In seeing the deep roots extending to the American Commonplace Model printed in 1901 (and in the end to the King James Model earlier than that), 2K offered a imaginative and prescient impressed from the kind design of that flip of the century period: ornate and dramatic displays of letter types, based mostly on the church buildings inbuilt that point. An incredible instance is the design inside New York Metropolis’s St. Bart’s church, in addition to within the design of its web site. This look after the kind parts and design that goes again to the early 1900s was the inspiration for creating the brand new NRSV typeface. Look rigorously on the NRSV letter types and also you’ll see the connection to the previous, whereas being assured that 2K used essentially the most trendy of design rules and applied sciences to make this typeface as environment friendly as it’s lovely.
Thanks for exploring with me in the present day. When you take pleasure in digging into these particulars and design parts, my hope is that this was as a lot enjoyable so that you can learn because it was for me to jot down! If that is new territory for you, then thanks for hanging in there.
Till subsequent time…
NRSV Bibles are printed by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the dad or mum firm of Bible Gateway.
Bio: Melinda Bouma serves because the writer for Zondervan Bibles. She loves God’s Phrase and seeing its life-changing affect on the world. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan along with her husband and two younger kids. She enjoys working, studying, good meals & good pals, and appears ahead to a day when her youngsters let her sleep in once more!
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