About Sydonia Atramentiqua Font Family
Sydonia Atramentiqua is a strange creation. The inspiration was the first releases of "Malleus Maleficarum" (actually the typography used there). I decided I wanted something strange, so Sydonia came into being. Like a blood of all witches who were being hunted down by Malleus Maleficarum's "fans" for their skills and beliefs.
Sydonia von Borck was a witch from my area. It was probably the last woman executed for witchcraft.
The genesis of the name.
Sydonia was THE WITCH, and by the name I added "Atramentiqua". It is a combination of the words "Ink" (polish "ATRAMENT") + "Antiqua". The idea of spilling a font is historical. The former Zecer composition was not perfectly sharp. As it was a "wet job", there were always light exits behind the lines.
Who supported me?
The GENEALOGIA project has been carried out for several years in cooperation with the Academy of Art in Szczecin and the National Museum in Szczecin. The project's supervisors are prof. Waldemar Wojciechowski and MA Patrycja Makarewicz, who runs the Visual Communication Studio.
Sydonia was like that!
This is not an everyday font. It is a stylized font, used to imitate old prints made by Zecer.
The first version of Sydonia Atramentiqua was created in 2018 for the purposes of the exhibition at the National Museum in Szczecin.
Base inspiration: Malleus Maleficarum & Caslon.
WARDZIUKIEWICZ is polish typeface manufacturer. Studio has been operating since 2018. WARDZIUKIEWICZ (foundry) develop typefaces: Sydonia Atramentiqua (previously Sydonia Font Borck - published), Stettinum Nicodemus Pro (Sansum (published), Serifum & Cursivum - both in final development, soon on MyFonts), Stettinum Continuum (Antiqum & Modernum - in final development) and a lot of experimental designs (custom fonts).The main - and only - designer is Piotr Nikodem Wardziukiewicz. Born in 1997 (Świnoujście, Uznam Island) - graphic designer, typographer, photographer, academic lecturer (Academy of Art in Szczecin, Poland - since 2021).Bachelor degree in 2020 (diploma in typography and book design), Master of Arts (2022 - diploma in typography and font development, thesis about circulation in typography history).A scholarship holder of the Artistic Scholarship of the City of Szczecin for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for 2020. Winner of the Marshal of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship award for the best artistic diploma. He has designed several dozen families of typefaces, visual identification projects, dozens of posters, websites, book publications, exhibitions in museums and many others.Currently, he is a lecturer of Typography and Lettering and Bookbinding Techniques at the Design Department of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. He is also the main (and only) graphic designer at the Willa Lentza in Szczecin (Cultural Institution).