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About Eros Text

Eros Text is a textface that draws inspiration from unlikely sources. 2500 years of type history coalesces smartly into a contemporary Dutch serif, incorporating elements of Roman square capitals and adaptations of digital era micro-typography. Optimized for effortless reading at both text and micro sizes, Eros Text is fit for duty, bringing classical savoir-vivre and modern sophistication to contemporary reading environments.

Eros Text Features

  • Small Caps
  • Standard Ligatures
  • Case Specific Punctuation
  • Numbers Features

Small Caps

Standard Ligatures

Case Specific Punctuation

Numbers Features

  • Superscript
  • Arrows
  • Fractions
  • Diacritics

Superscript

Arrows

Fractions

Diacritics

  • Small Caps
  • Standard Ligatures
  • Case Specific Punctuation
  • Numbers Features

Small Caps

Standard Ligatures

Case Specific Punctuation

Numbers Features

  • Superscript
  • Fractions
  • Diacritics

Superscript

Fractions

Diacritics

Eros Text Construction

In a homage to the best serif typeface of all time, the late Bram De Does’ Lexicon, Eros Text includes 2 distinct families (version A and version B) differentiated by the height of its capitals and the length of its ascenders and descenders. The small cap-height and short ascenders/descenders of version A allow for tight leading, and are perfect for situations that call for large amounts of text within a limited space, such as newspapers, dictionaries, and homepages. In version B, the larger capitals and longer ascenders/descenders make for a more comfortable long-form reading experience—this is the one to set your book in.

In terms of its “Dutchness”, Lexicon is undoubtably a major influence. There is something intangible in the way it harnesses the diagonal stress of its curves to maximise the density of visual information contained in its word shape that gives Lexicon its unrivaled fitness and striking beauty. Other influencers from the Dutch tradition include Jan Van Krimpen’s Sheldon, which served as a proof of concept for the extreme vertical proportions of Eros Text A, and the optical considerations of Fleischman’s smallest romans.

Although Eros Text almost fits neatly into the category of Dutch Oldstyle, it is the end result of a long and not-so-straightforward design process. Oddly enough, Eros originated as a study of the Roman inscriptional capitals of calligraphy master Father Edward Catich, so the ancestral connection to the classical roman capital, evident in its skeleton, is much more pronounced than other examples of the genre.

Structures facilitating performance at more micro sizes are also an integral part of Eros Text’s design. Most prominent of these are the asymmetrical wedge/latin hybrid serifs. Although not a true “micro font”, Eros text was designed to handle settings as small as 6pt without sacrificing utility at more common text sizes.

Eros Text is a marriage of the old with the new, from the brush lettering of the Capitalis Monumentalis to the felt tip pen of Bram De Does. We are thrilled to be adding our first true text-face to the Sharp Type catalogue. Happy reading.

Designed by Lucas Sharp with Connor Davenport in 2017.

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