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That’s Belbo

Casaubon had been a student in 1970s Milan, working on a thesis on the history of the Knights Templar while taking part in the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary activities of the students around him. During this period he meets Jacopo Belbo, who works as an editor in the publishing house Garamond, in a bar. Belbo invites Casaubon to review the manuscript of a supposedly non-fiction book about the Templars. Casaubon also meets Belbo's colleague Diotallevi, a cabalist. The book, by a Colonel Ardenti, claims a hidden coded manuscript has revealed a secret plan of the medieval Templars to take over the world.

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Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society

Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society

Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society

Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society

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Casaubon

Belbo Oblique will be drawn in the tradition of linear grotesque typefaces and has no specific Italic forms.

Belbo goes to Agliè privately and describes The Plan to him as though it were the result of serious research. He also claims to be in possession of the secret Templar map. Agliè becomes frustrated with Belbo's refusal to let him see this (non-existent) map. He frames Belbo as a terrorist suspect in order to force him to come to Paris. Agliè has cast himself as the head of a secret spiritual brotherhood, which includes Mr. Garamond, Colonel Ardenti and many of the Diabolical authors. Belbo tries to get help from De Angelis, but he has just transferred to Sardinia after an attempted car bombing, and refuses to get involved.

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My JINGLY QUARTET drinks 169 liters in jig time.

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Foucault’s Pendulum

After reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories, three vanity publisher employees (Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon) invent their own conspiracy for fun. They call this satirical intellectual game “The Plan”. The three become increasingly obsessed with The Plan, and sometimes forget that it is just a game. Worse still, other conspiracy theorists learn about The Plan, and take it seriously. The book opens with the narrator, Casaubon hiding in fear after closing time in the Parisian technical museum Musée des Arts et Métiers.

He believes that members of a secret society have kidnapped Belbo and are now after him. Most of the novel is then told in flashback as Casaubon waits in the museum. Casaubon had been a student in 1970s Milan, working on a thesis on the history of the Knights Templar while taking part in the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary activities of the students around him. During this period he meets Belbo, who works as an editor in a publishing house. Belbo invites Casaubon to review the manuscript.

Casaubon has a romance with a Brazilian woman named Amparo.

Belbo mainly uses Abulafia

Caribbean spiritualism

They use this program to create the “connections” which inspire their Plan. They enter randomly selected words from the Diabolicals’ manuscripts, logical operators (“What follows is not true”, “If”, “Then”, etc.), truisms (such as “The Templars have something to do with everything”) and “neutral data” (such as “Minnie Mouse is Mickey Mouse’s fiancée”) and use Abulafia to create new text.

Their first attempt ends up recreating (after a liberal interpretation of the results) the Mary Magdalene conspiracy theory central to The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Casaubon jokingly suggests that to create something truly new Belbo must look for occult connections in non-obvious contexts, such as by linking the Kabbalah to a car’s spark plugs.

Templars, Rosicrucians, Paulicians and Synarchists

Templars, Rosicrucians, Paulicians and Synarchists

Belbo

Come Together

Belbo comes with an extraordinary uniwidth feature, which sets this typeface family apart from other constructive linear grotesque typefaces. Maintaining the same character-width in all weights and slants enables the designer to change whole paragraphs into a different style/weight without changing the line break.

Because of the aspiration to keep the same width in all weights, some glyphs consequently developed their own dynamic. That results in Belbo’s very tight black and a quite free and airy looking hair weight. Belbo has stylistic alternates for f/ascender combinations as well as alternative shapes for a and g. For letters like i, l and I we chose distinct shapes which perfectly correspond with the uniwidth feature.

Come Together

Belbos außergewöhnliches Merkmal ist die Dicktengleichheit. Das unterscheidet diese Schriftfamilie deutlich von anderen linearen-grotesken Schriften. Das Beibehalten der gleichen Zeichenbreite in allen Gewichten und Stilen ermöglicht es dem Designer, ganze Absätze in einem anderen Stil oder Gewicht zu setzen, ohne dabei den Zeilenumbruch zu ändern.

Diese „Eigenart“ führt dazu, dass einige Glyphen ihre ganz eigene Dynamik entwickeln. So wirkt Belbos Black-Schnitt sehr eng, während der Hair-Schnitt eher luftig daherkommt. Zusätzlich hat Belbo stilistische Alternativen für f/Oberlängen-Kombinationen sowie alternative Formen für a und g anzubieten. Für Buchstaben wie i, l und I wurden markante Formen gewählt, die perfekt mit der Dicktengleichheit korrespondieren.

2016 by Ralph du Carrois

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