New work: E.coli plaque
Our office designed this bronze plaque for the E.coli model installed in Kline Biology Tower. The model was constructed by Dr. Ann Korner and is on permanent display in a glass cass on the first floor of KBT.
The design of this plaque required close attention to small typographic details. As you can see in the image at the top, we have instances of superscript, small caps, italic, and bold text in this setting. Because the plaque measures only two by nine inches, the type is quite small -- a fact we also had to take into account while setting this piece.
Superscript text ("Tyr") is actually a point or two larger than it is "supposed" to be -- in the first line of type, for example, the roman text is set at 24 pt, but the superscript is larger to compensate for its smaller size. In the smallest setting of superscript (second to last line), we used Yale Street -- the more substantial version of the Yale typface, originally designed for signage purposes and intended to be read from a distance -- to help bulk up the "Tyr" letterforms. Similarly, we increased the point size of the small caps "RNA" in the first line. Since small caps are drawn to align with the x-height of lower case letters, they often look a bit too small when they're standing on their own.
Check out the model if you're ever up on Science Hill. It's fascinating to see something so miniscule in all of its complex dimensionality.