Were there any characteristics within Wolpe's original designs that you decided to update or amend within these contemporary revivals?
Sometimes there were things that did not work for me and for others in the design. I did not quite like the original lowercase e of Albertus; it always looked like someone punched its nose from the right. I added a little bit of weight, so that it no longer looks squashed but still resembles the original. I made many different versions of this letter alone. There were lots of letters whose top counters are larger than normal; S/s, 3, 5 and more. While I was personally fine with Wolpe’s original design choices, I made them a bit more balanced towards convention to meet the expectations of the general public. I have already heard that some people don’t like the decision, but I am confident in this choice because we are not replacing the old, but rather we are adding new options. It is not my intention to make the previous digital version of the Albertus typeface obsolete. I think that the Albertus Nova design is faithful to the original and still has its place, which is why I am not terribly afraid of taking a liberty in the new revival. Fonts may technically be software that has version information included, but new versions cannot replace the old, for artistic reasons.
Within the collection, do you have a particular favourite?
It’s a very hard question, but if I really had to pick one, it would be Wolpe Pegasus. Its sharp details appeal to modern aesthetics, but it’s full of charming inconsistencies which keeps the typeface from looking cold or mechanical. The common shapes that I would normally make identical, such as the bowls of the b, d, p and q, as well as their serif shapes, are all different. Among the five revised typefaces, Pegasus is the typeface that taught me the most about type design. Despite a lot of peculiarities, it reads absolutely fine. You don’t need to make everything consistent and perfect, which is advice that could be applied to a lot of design fields, not just typeface design.
It also has a slanted roman, which is a very unusual choice and is often deemed not functional as italic style. But Pegasus italic works, thanks to the changes in the lowercase a, f, and y characters. I have made further changes to the e in order to make it work better. In any case, I think it is a very good example of how to make slanted roman work.