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The Eskapade family is the result of Alisa Nowak’s research into Roman and German blackletter forms, mainly Fraktur letters. The idea was to adapt these broken forms into a contemporary family instead of creating a faithful revival of a historical typeface.

On one hand, the two normal Eskapade styles are conceived for continuous text in books and magazines with good legibility in smaller sizes. On the other hand, the two angled Eskapade Fraktur styles capture the reader’s attention in headlines with its mixture of round and straight forms as seen in ‘e’, ‘g’, and ‘o’. It can also be used for visual identities, logotypes, and packaging.

Eskapade roman adopts a humanist structure, but is more condensed than other oldstyle serifs. The reason behind this stems from the goal of closely resembling the Fraktur style to create harmony in mixed text settings. Legibility is enhanced by its low contrast between thick and thin strokes and its tall x-height. Eskapade offers an airy and light typographic colour with its smooth design. Eskapade italic is based on the Cancellaresca script and shows some particularities in its condensed and round forms. This structure also provided the base for Eskapade Fraktur italic.

Eskapade Fraktur is more contrasted and slightly bolder than the usual darkness of a regular weight. The innovative Eskapade Fraktur italic, equally based on the Cancellaresca script previously mentioned, is secondarily influenced by the Sütterlin forms — an unique script practiced in Germany in the vanishingly short period between 1915 and 1941 — especially as seen in the capital letters.

Although there are many Fraktur-style typefaces available today, only a few include true italic forms, and usually they are slanted uprights rather than proper italics. This motivated extensive experimentation with the italic Fraktur shapes and resulted in some unusual and interesting solutions. In addition to standard capitals, Eskapade Fraktur offers a second set of more decorative capitals with double-stroke lines for encouraging experimental use and amplifying creative application.

– Typographica’s Best Typefaces of 2012
– Won Bronze in the 2013 European Design Awards
– Included in the 2013 Communication Arts Typography Annual
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Eskapade Regular

Eskapade Italic

Eskapade Fraktur Regular

Eskapade Fraktur Italic

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