The Globe's stunning new typeface is a glorious ode to Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Globe Amifer Folio typeface
(Image credit: Typeland / Shakespeare's Globe)

All the world's a stage and the letterforms merely players. Typography designers often delve back into the annals of history for inspiration, but this project makes its historic influences the star of the show. A new custom-made typeface for Shakespeare's The Globe features a "peculiar cast of characters" inspired by the first published collection of the playwright's work on its 400th anniversary.

Designers took original woodcut illustrations from the famed First Folio and adapted them to create a series of unique letterforms for the theatre's summer season. The resulting fonts are a type designer's Midsummer Night's Dream (see our guide to typography design for tips for your own projects).

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