We're happy to announce the extension of the Burgess family into Regular and Regular Italic weights to complement the Bold and Bold Italic iterations we released in tandem with our FIVE YEARS exhibition earlier this year.
Burgess is a wholly-subjective and occasionally-idiosyncratic reinterpretation of midcentury photo-stat cuts of Times New Roman. Curiously, while Times was initially said to have been drawn for the the British newspaper The Times in 1931 by Victor Lardent and Stanley Morison (after Frank Pierpont), several type historians believe the design was based on an earlier work by the American industrial designer William Starling Burgess. Burgess—whose own drawing purportedly dates to 1904 and is held privately and inaccessibly in the off-site archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC—is perhaps best known as a collaborator on the design and fabrication of Buckminster Fuller's canonical 1933 Dymaxion concept car (along with Isamu Noguchi and several other American design giants). In partial homage to the idea of the un-credited [type] designer, Burgess was drawn with the intention of speculating on the imaginary archive of an overlooked contributor to a well-accepted typographic history.
Burgess, Burgess Italic, Burgess Bold, and Burgess Bold Italic are distributed digitally in OpenType (.OTF) format. All weights contain Latin-A and Central European support. All Burgess weights can be purchased here.