Bastion

  • Bastion is a study of the unconventional forms afforded typographers in the late 19th century through the advent of the lateral router. It pulls liberally from the eccentric stylings of Italian wood types, particularly that of bifurcated Tuscan faces. Intended for contemporary display usage, Bastion marries these qualities with the broad, airy skeleton of a geometric sans. This structural decision distinguishes Bastion from the condensed nature of traditional bifurcated Tuscans, opening up the face's function beyond that of an experiment in the extremity of typographic form. Bastion's terminals flare out into bifurcations, and its stems dip and curve to accommodate stem detail. Counterform curvature is informed by that of the bifurcations. Intended as a platform for modification, Bastion comes in three styles, with the inclusion of beveled and inline characters modelled after that of chromatic types from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The intention is to allow the face to acquire multiple levels of detail depending on context, allowing the designer degrees of stylistic freedom depending on the intention of their work.