Site updates

Design work is now consolidated into one page / gallery; self-initiated projects are likely to have an increasing presence there.

I’ve added a Resources page to host things like English chant adaptations and perhaps teaching materials.

Finally, I’ve added a good deal of my writing to the site, as this work has formed a significant part of my creative output for the better part of ten years. The Writing page houses a number of pieces written in the past for parish and personal weblogs, service leaflets, and the like, dealing with the Church year, hymnody, and other aspects of the liturgy. As my training and career have taken place in the Episcopal Church, this material inevitably betrays its context, but I hope that some of it will be of wider use or interest.

I have also added some recital and concert program notes to their respective entries on this news page, as this kind of writing makes more sense attached to the occasions for which it was written.

A note on the type

The text face you are reading is Monotype Plantin [110], a remarkably successful design released in 1913 that has transcended changes in style and technology to earn truly classic status. The roman is based loosely upon a Gros Cicero type cut by the great sixteenth-century punchcutter Robert Granjon – though as it appears in a 1905 specimen printed from a worn and muddled font. The same specimen misidentified as Granjon’s an italic probably cut by the eighteenth-century punchcutter Johann Michael Schmidt; this served as the model for Monotype Plantin Italic. The Granjon type in question, very popular between the mid-sixteenth and mid-eighteenth centuries, is one of the earliest to have a notably large x-height.

The sanserif face is Monotype Grotesque [215], released in 1926.