Leah Stuttard: The Wool merchant and the Harp
How do you give distinctive visual form to fifteenth-century English music?

With elegant Italian typefaces from the same era.

The attention to historical musical sources and the rigour with which Leah Stuttard plays late fifteenth-century ballads and English songs inspired this work. The visual is based on the artwork specially designed by the artist, Sarah Kirby, for the cover. As the typeface, I chose the excellent original character IM FELL Inglese PRO, digitised and processed by Igino Marini on alphabets drawn in England between 1672 and 1692. It is a typeface inspired by the Roman of Nicolas Jenson, used for the first time in 1470 in Venice, and by Ludovico degli Arrighi�s Italic used for the first time in Rome in 1527.

Client: Leah Stuttard, London, UK

Agency: Sezione Aurea, Perugia, IT

My work: Art direction, graphic design, packaging, website

Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, WordPress, HTML, CSS