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Countdown: J

Twelve days ’til Christmas or something like that today—wait—nope. Only 10 days left.  Standing atop our twelve-shaped monument of a day is J, set in Andreas Seidel’s Vtg Stencil No. 4. I could be wrong, but it seems like I saw the source for this design all over Spain when I visited back in October. Every lamp post and piece of public property bore a trace of it.

J, set in Vtg Stencil No.4

Typographic Countdown — 22 Days ’til the New Year

J the character has existed since the days of the Roman Republic, though J the letter didn’t get its distinction from the letter I until moveable type had been in production for 100 years. Grammarian Gian Giorgio Trissino is responsible for making this and other proposals to change the written Italian language. The idea grew to be adopted by several languages across Europe. Phill Grimshaw’s Oberon lifts J up off the surface with a tight linear shadow.